- Favorite: Jacksonville (via NFLPickWatch.com)
Time for another rendition of “Never Pick the AFC South!” Only this time, both teams are a part of the AFC South, so I’m somewhat trapped here.
I will say this, though: my fascination with Tennessee has not gone away. Leaving Fasano aside, there are a lot of good players on this team, but the team altogether can’t seem to quite get over the hump of finishing games. To give Mariota some credit, he’s 2-5 as a starter, with his back-up losing 2 games in his absence. Their defense, most notably their pass defense, is actually decent. Again, they just can’t finish games. If one side of the ball plays well, the other doesn’t.
I think 3-6 might be the best start Jacksonville’s had since, what, 2011? Before then? That’s almost humorous to think about. But this looks to also be a team on the rise… maybe. They have the Super Allen Bros. on offense, who are both on pace for Pro Bowl-like seasons. T.J. Yeldon isn’t… terrible. Paul Posluszny and Telvin Smith are sturdy, tackle-happy linebackers. The only glaring thing (other than its secondary) is their offensive line, which is on pace to give up 50 sacks on the season. Blake Bortles hasn’t been playing all too well this season, but the o-line may be a factor as to why. It’s almost impressive to see him play as well as he has.
Personally, I could see this game going either way. I’m sure many would agree, though Jacksonville seems to be the experts’ final choice. I like it going the other way. I think Tennessee is an overall better team, only perhaps a bit more patched up than Jacksonville.
And I’m still not okay with these “Color Rush” uniforms.