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VOL. 44 | NO. 38 | Friday, September 18, 2020

Titans must beware Jags, Minshew in Week 2

By Terry McCormick

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew, who had a strong season opener in a victory against the Colts, is 1-0 against Titans after leading the Jags to a 20-7 win in Week 3 last season.

-- Photo By Gary Mccullough | Ap

First down: Don’t take the Jaguars lightly. The surest thing among all the prognosticators is that the Jaguars would finish last in the AFC South with the Titans, Texans and Colts finishing 1 through 3 in some order.

But the Jaguars, at least for one week, didn’t get the memo and will come to Nashville Sunday tied with the Titans atop the division at 1-0 after their divisional win against Indianapolis last week. The Titans have to respect that the Jaguars, who had a fire sale in the offseason, played so well in Week 1.

Second down

Minshew Mania must be muffled. Gardner Minshew ripped the Colts, going 19-of-20 with three touchdown passes in the season-opening win. The Titans played Week 1 without Adoree’ Jackson, and the Jaguars receivers had their way against the Colts cornerbacks.

The Titans need to get some heat on Minshew to not allow him to get into a rhythm early and build on his week one confidence.

Third down

Crank up the Tractor. Derrick Henry has had some of his best games over the years against the Jaguars, who play not far from his hometown of Yulee, Florida. Most memorable, of course, was Henry’s 99-yard run two years ago, and he has had some other big runs since that one. The Titans will certainly look to feed Henry early and often against one of his favorite opponents.

Fourth down

Be self-motivated. There won’t be fans at Nissan Stadium, so there won’t be cheers beyond the artificial noise that will be piped in for the home opener. That means that the Titans will have to find their own motivations and inspiration, which shouldn’t be too hard, given that it is an AFC South game, and the Titans can ill afford to fall into the same types of slow starts that have plagued the in the past.

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