FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Jaguars were just fine without Leonard Fournette last week as they poured it on the Patriots with a very efficient offensive attack. It was certainly a pass-heavy game script last week as Jaguars running backs were afforded only 17 total carries. T.J. Yeldon, the primary backup to Fournette, led the charge with a respectable 58 yards on only 10 carries. Corey Grant was mixed in on the ground last week but is not a threat to significant rushing snaps as his skills set him up as a playmaker in the passing offense. Blake Bortles yet again flashed his mobility as he rushed six times for 35 yards. Bortles has been known to add some rushing upside throughout his career, and following a 45-yard rushing game in Week 1, he is starting the season off in great shape to add a few yards on the ground for this rushing offense. Leonard Fournette was inactive after missing practice all week, but he was reportedly running at full speed on Friday. Keep an eye on his practice status throughout this week. A return by Fournette immediately devalues both Yeldon and Grant. Left tackle Cam Robinson suffered a torn ACL last week and will miss the remainder of the season. Josh Wells will replace him, which should drop this offensive line from a top tier to average unit at best.
The Titans run defense was not as effective as they should have been last week against a troubled Texans offensive line. The Titans allowed the Texans combination of rushers to average 5.7 yards per attempt with a few chunk plays mixed in. While the Titans are one of only seven teams to not allow a rushing touchdown through Week 2, they are the worst amongst those teams in yards per rushing attempt allowed (4.9). The Titans linebackers, particularly Wesley Woodyard and Will Compton, have been effective against the run. Jurrell Casey and DaQuan Jones have played well up front, but the depth outside of them is suspect on this defensive line. This run defense as a whole has overall been sufficient, but they have lacked any single big playmaker to step up outside of Jurrell Casey. Without Cam Robinson, the Jaguars offensive line may struggle at first here. If also without Leonard Fournette, the Titans will get the definite nod in this matchup.