Last Updated on January 4, 2023 2:18 pm by Erwin Noguera
Week 18 of the NFL will feature two games with important Playoff implications for the American Conference on Saturday. After the Steelers’ win in Baltimore, the league announced that the Chiefs vs. Raiders and the AFC South “final” between Titans and Jaguars would be played a day earlier than usual.
There is no better way to close the NFL regular season with games that will define, in addition to divisional leadership, the teams that will be present at the postseason party.
Although many teams have already qualified, there is much at stake in this last week of the NFL regular season. Franchises need to get wins to ensure that they start the postseason at home, and let’s remember how important this is for many.
Saturday, January 7 at 08:15 PM ET at TIAA Bank Stadium
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Why Bet the Titans
When everything seemed to indicate several weeks ago that the Titans were going to clinch the AFC South once and for all, they fell into an unexpected slump that has them fighting for their lives in Week 18 against their archrivals, the Jaguars.
The Titans have lost their last six games but have one last chance to make the Playoffs if they beat the Jaguars in Jacksonville in Week 18.
Veteran quarterback Joshua Dobbs arrived a month ago in Tennessee after Ryan Tannehill’s ankle injury. Still, coach Mike Vrabel liked what he saw in the 27-13 loss to the Cowboys on Thursday so he will be starting QB in Jacksonville, not rookie Malik Willis.
Dobbs completed 20 of 39 passes for 232 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, plus 12 yards on three carries.
Tennessee opted to rest a good amount of their starters in the Week 17 game, as they were confident they would be playing for their lives on this day. Most notably, RB Derrick Henry has hip problems. Assuming he is healthy, Henry will likely receive a heavy workload against the Jaguars.
Why Bet the Jaguars
On the other hand, we have the Jaguars, a team that comes into this Week 18 game very inspired and sets their sights on the postseason. The Jaguars have four straight wins right now.
In addition, Jacksonville knows what it’s like to beat the Titans recently, as in Week 14, they had a big win with a 36-22. But what plays against Jacksonville is the time off, as the Titans have rested since their game last Thursday.
Jacksonville rolled over Houston in Week 17, winning on the road by a crushing score of 31-3. The fact that the Jaguars are in this game fighting for a postseason berth is primarily thanks to Trevor Lawrence, who has made a big jump in his second season.
Lawrence has led the Jaguars to four straight wins, and if they get their fifth, they will host a playoff game for the first time since 2017.
Final Betting Analysis: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans
The AFC South “final” between Tennessee and Jacksonville could have both in the Playoffs. If the Jaguars fall to the Titans and miss out on the divisional title, they could qualify as Wildcard if Miami, New England, and Pittsburgh lose.
At MyBookie.ag, we can see that there is a Moneyline that favors Jacksonville Jaguars at -294, while Tennessee Titans start at +228.
That said, our pick for this game is a win for the Jaguars, and in addition, we’re going for the SPREAD bet on the Jaguars at -6.5.
Look for a straight win on the Moneyline Jaguars. For example, if you put $100 on the Jaguars at -294, you’ll see a $34.01 success with a total payout of $134.01.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans Betting Pick: Tennessee Titans