3 bold predictions for the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3
The Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night looking to pick up their first win of the season. Everything that could go wrong for the team has, but it only takes one win to turn around the season. Let’s breakdown my three bold predictions for tonight’s game.
3. Jalen Ramsey plays, and plays well
Jalen Ramsey requested a trade from the Jaguars after Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans, but he has made it clear as long as he is on the Jaguars he will play hard and give it his all. Some are skeptical Ramsey is being truthful, but I think this is a good chance for him to have a big game.
He faces off against quarterback Marcus Mariota who hasn’t thrown an interception yet this year but has thrown 42 of them in his career, and this feels like a spot where he could throw a couple of them.
Ramsey has always been one that loves the spotlight, and all eyes are going to be on him in this spot. If this is his last game with the Jaguars (which all signs point towards), I think he ends it with an interception.
2. Jaguars struggle to stop the run
Last Sunday the Jaguars struggled to stop the Texans run game letting Carlos Hyde rush 90 yards, and Duke Johnson also added another 31 yards. Hyde and Johnson are fine running backs, but they are going into a much tougher battle against Derrick Henry. Henry has rushed for at least 82 yards in each of the first two games, and also has two total touchdowns.
The Titans will have a run-first game plan, and the Jaguars are going to have problems stopping them. Henry will finish with at least 100 yards rushing and also get into the end zone.
1. Garnder Minshew throws for under 200 yards passing.
Garnder Minshew has thrown for at least 213 yards in each of the teams first two games, but in this one, moving the ball is going to be tough.
This Titans defense isn’t getting as much respect as they should be, but there will be a buzz after Thursday night. Last weekend they held Jacoby Brissett to only 146 yards passing, and I don’t see Minshew finishing much higher than that. Look for him to be held under 200 yards passing in this one.