FBG says: Tough matchup. The low volume Titans passing offense had another unremarkable performance in Week 2 as Marcus Mariota passed for just 154 yards and one touchdown, with that one touchdown going to an offensive line. This offense wants to focus on the run, and they appear to be sticking to that offensive philosophy. Mariota has rarely pushed the ball downfield in these first two games beyond a deep shot to A.J. Brown in Week 1. Last week, he didn't complete a pass of more than 26 yards. Mariota did suffer a quadriceps injury in last week's game that kept him from practice Monday, but he will reportedly be good to play coming off the short week on Thursday. The main target to trust with some level of confidence is tight end Delanie Walker, who has led the team in targets and receptions in both games. Corey Davis is receiving hardly any attention from Mariota, while rookie A.J. Brown has actually overshadowed Davis through these first two games. The ceiling for Mariota and all Titans receivers will continue to be set quite low.
The Jaguars defense did a great job against the Texans last week as they held Deshaun Watson to just 159 passing yards with no touchdowns. The pass rush played a big part in their success as the Jaguars notched eight hits and four sacks on Watson with pressure coming from all over, including 2.5 sacks from defensive backs. The secondary played better in this one, notably Jalen Ramsey as he held DeAndre Hopkins in check with just five receptions for 40 yards. Ramsey, however, is on terrible terms with the team as he has publicly requested a trade. He may not be on this roster come Thursday, so keep a close eye on that situation. Cornerback A.J. Bouye was sidelined with an injury last week, so his status will be worth monitoring for the early-week game. Tre Herndon was a liability in Bouye's absence, so he would make for a plus matchup for A.J. Brown and Tajae Sharpe. D.J. Hayden has been impressive in slot coverage, making for a tough matchup for Adam Humphries. Delanie Walker could find space in coverage against the likes of safety Ronnie Harrison and the Jaguars linebackers. They allowed Travis Kelce to go for 88 yards in Week 1, so a mismatch against one of these struggling linebackers could pay dividends for Walker.