Week 2 arrives with two Saints, Patriots headlining the 15-game card
September 16, 2017 9:03 AM
by Bob Christ
Week 2 arrives with two of the most prolific QBs in history, Drew Brees and Tom Brady, meeting in New Orleans when the Patriots face the Saints headlining the 15-game card.
Tennessee Titans (0-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)
Time: 10 a.m.
Line: Titans by 1.5 (42)
Facts: The home team has prevailed in the six straight games over the past three seasons... Three of the five RBs to reach 100 rushing yards last week were rookies, including the Jags’ Leonard Fournette who had 100 in a 29-7 win in Houston, the first RB to get that much against the Texans since Indy’s Frank Gore (106) in Week 6 last year... Jacksonville will be without last year’s leading receiver Allen Robinson (73 catches, 883 yards, 6 TDs), who has a torn ACL... Jacksonville had 10 sacks last week, more than anyone the previous two seasons... The Jaguars’ +4 turnover edge against Houston last week was its best since +5 against Tampa Bay six years ago.
Analysis: Even with a tender passing wrist (probable), QB Blake Bortles guided the Jags to 23 points vs. last year’s top-rated defense. And now he’ll be going against a Tennessee unit that he was successful against last year, throwing for 337 and 325 yards, two of his top three outputs. Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota, meanwhile, struggled near the end zone against a Raiders defense that gave up more big passing plays last year than anyone. Twice the Titans kicked when inside the 10, and twice more inside the 35. The Jaguars will make it even tougher to score.
Forecast: Jaguars 23, Titans 17