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TE Titans Outlook: Thursday Night Game

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by Dante Pitts

Week 11 starts us off with a divisional Thursday night game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last Sunday, the Tennessee Titans had a difficult time stopping Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, but will look to come and beat the Jaguars in hopes of gaining ground in the divisional playoff race.

Marcus Mariota took a step back on Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers when he finished 16-of-24 for 185 yards and an interception. Marcus also carried the ball 5 times for 24 yards. Coming off an impressive game versus the Saints, many people had Marcus Mariota as a major sleeper last Sunday. For Thursday night, expect Mariota to put up solid numbers but nothing close to the performance he had against the Saints.

Antonio Andrews took a step backwards against the stout Panthers’ defense when he posted 8 yards on 11 carries. Andrews looked to become a lead back as Bishop Sankey was regulated in his role as a feature back. Andrews looks to be a low end RB3 against the Jaguars on Thursday night with David Cobb potentially returning from injury. Andrews will lose carries as Cobb becomes acclimated into the offense.

Kendall Wright is still out with a knee injury and has been limited at practice. Him being listed as limited may give some hope to owners of Wright, but it is unlikely that he plays on Thursday. The Titans have grown extremely thin at the Wide Receiver position as Justin Hunter was injured late against the Panthers.

Delanie Walker has become the go to target in the Tennessee Titans’ offense. Although he only caught 3 balls against the Panthers, he did have 52 yards. During the season, Mariota has found Walker to be a safety value when in doubt. I predict Walker to be a low-end Tight-End against the Jaguars.

The Titans’ defense registered five sacks last week against Cam Newton so look for them to register a good amount against the Jaguars offense. Also, Blake Bortles is known to throw interceptions so look for a few take-aways. Stopping the run should not be an issue for the Titans, so T.J. Yeldon should be held to minimal yards. An issue of concern will be the Titans’ secondary that has struggled this season. Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson will pose a receiving threat to the team.

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