Looking at the three keys to a victory against the Jaguars this Sunday in Jacksonville for the Tennessee Titans.
After the win in the home opener against the Houston Texans, the Tennessee Titans hit the road with GPS directions towards Florida. Now, Titans fans, let’s forget the last time the Titans were in Florida and let’s get into the three keys for a Titans victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
First Key: Offensive Consistency
Right now, for the Tennessee Titans, nothing is more important than being consistent on offense. What do I mean when I say, “being consistent on offense”? To answer that question, we need to look at the offensive stats from Week 2. QB Blaine Gabbert goes 13/20 for 117 yards with one touchdown and — most importantly — no interceptions. Are those sexy stats? No, but what Gabbert did was manage a broken team to a victory; he had a job and did it. Whoever is running the offense this week needs to be consistent with not turning over the ball. Let’s look at the running game. RBs Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis combined for 32 carries and racked up 98 yards last week. Is that good? Can I shock you with the answer: maybe? Well, that perfectly placed teaser sets up my second key.
Second Key: Getting The Running Game Going
Okay, I’ll break down my “maybe” comment from the first Key. The reason why I say that Henry and Lewis combining for only 98 yards on the ground is a good look for the Titans offense is that they won the game. I don’t want to point out the obvious here, but had the Titans lost in Week 2, all fingers would have been pointing towards the running game and their lack of efficiency. The Titans still won with virtually no running game. Had we seen Henry be the running back that we know he has the potential to be, Week 2 would have been a blowout. So, with that being stated, if the Titans can get their running game going, this team has the potential to control the tempo of any game and be a dynamic scoring offense. The running game will be the major key (shoutout DJ Khaled) for this Titans offense all season long.
Third Key: Secondary Keeping Receivers In Front Of Them
*Cough* *Cough* Malcolm Butler *Cough* *Cough*
Look, I don’t want to keep calling out Butler, but we must hold the 61 million dollar man to a high standard. I want him to exceed more than anyone, but we have seen severe matchup problems with Butler covering deep routes. Do you know who else saw that? Every offensive coordinator in the NFL. Another reason this key is important is that the Jags will have to lean on the passing game this Sunday with a banged-up backfield. With RBs Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and T.J. Yeldon (ankle) gimpy, they will need to find other ways to move their offense down the field. Keeping the Jaguars’ receivers in check will be a huge key to victory for the Titans this Sunday.