Optimism: Jaguars’ run defense
We saw the great things that can happen when the Titans make it a point to feed running back Derrick Henry the ball. In Week 10, the Titans had a golden opportunity to take advantage of one of the worst run defenses in the NFL to get their offense going, and they did just that.
Henry carried the rock 23 times and turned those into 188 yards and two scores. Henry also broke off one of his signature big plays when he scampered 68 yards for one of his touchdowns.
The Titans will have another chance to exploit a bad run defense in Week 12. The Jaguars are allowing 134.6 rushing yards per game, the fourth-worst in the NFL. In their Week 11 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Jags were torched for 264 rushing yards on 36 attempts, a healthy 7.3 yards per tote.
We all remember what happened in Week 14 last season when Henry annihilated the Jaguars for 238 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. We could see a similar result in Week 12, although that will require the Titans to ride Henry once again, which as we’ve seen is no given week-to-week because of poor coaching.