Titans vs Jaguars Week 18 Betting: Which Team Takes Home the AFC South Crown?

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Week 18 of the 2022 NFL campaign is here, bringing an end to the regular season. The league has already flexed a pair of matchups to Saturday, including a tilt between the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. The winner of this matchup will be crowned the AFC South Champion, highlighting the importance of the latest chapter of the Titans vs Jaguars rivalry.

The Titans enter this matchup in free-fall mode, having lost their last six games. The skid continued last week with a 27-13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, mostly due to the fact that the Titans are dealing with a slew of injuries. Only time will tell if they can overcome them this week.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars have experienced a ton of success lately. Not only was their 31-3 win over the Houston Texans their fifth in their last six games, but it also marked the Jags’ fourth straight victory. After defeating the Titans just under a month ago, Doug Pederson and co. will do their best to ensure that lightning strikes twice.

Betting News has gathered the latest Titans vs Jaguars odds from BetOnline Sportsbook to help shed some light on the situation, along with a prediction and best bets for the NFL Week 18 game.

Tennessee Titans vs Jacksonville Jaguars Week 18 Matchup Information and Betting Odds

Matchup Information

  • Matchup: Tennessee Titans (7-9, 4-4 Away) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8, 4-3 Home)
  • Venue & Location: TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville, Florida)
  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:15 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Titans vs Jaguars Info: ESPN, ESPN+, ABC

Titans vs Jaguars Odds

Game odds are via BetOnline as of Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 11:05 a.m. ET. Odds from other top online sportsbooks may also be mentioned in this article.

Spread

  • Tennessee Titans +6.5 (-115)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars -6.5 (-105)

Over/Under

  • Over 38.5 Points (-110)
  • Under 38.5 Points (-110)

Moneyline

  • Tennessee Titans +225
  • Jacksonville Jaguars -275

Tennessee Titans vs Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Trends

  • Tennessee is 0-6 straight up in its last six games.
  • Jacksonville is 5-1 straight up in its last six games.
  • Tennessee is 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last five road games against Jacksonville.
  • Jacksonville is 4-1 ATS in its last five games against the AFC.
  • The total has hit the under in five of Tennessee’s last seven road games.
  • The total has hit the under in eight of Jacksonville’s last 10 games in January.

Tennessee Titans vs Jacksonville Jaguars Prediction and Picks

Titans vs Jaguars Prediction: Jaguars 24, Titans 17

Titans vs Jaguars Picks: Jaguars -6.5 (Best Value: -107 at BetOnline) & Over 38.5 Points (Best Value: -110 at BetOnline)

There’s little reason to believe in the Titans after the last month and a half. That’s even more so the case with quarterback Ryan Tannehill being sidelined with a season-ending ankle injury.

Backup QBs Joshua Dobbs and Malik Willis just haven’t proven that they can win games — especially not one of this magnitude. Dobbs looked awful against the Cowboys, going 20-of-39 (51.3%) in the pocket for 232 yards with a touchdown and an interception (with two fumbles). It certainly doesn’t help that the offensive line is decimated.

Meanwhile, Willis has made eight appearances (three starts) in his rookie season, completing 31-of-61 passes (50.8%) for 276 passing yards with three interceptions. He still has a ton of potential, but it’s clear that he needs more time to develop before being thrown into these situations.

Meanwhile, Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence has been excelling under center. The sophomore gun-slinger. On top of winning five of his last six starts, Lawrence has also recorded 1,567 passing yards, 11 TDs and only two interceptions in that span. What’s even more impressive is that his impressive play has resulted in the Jaguars scoring 28 or more points in four of those games.

Can Trevor Lawrence continue his impressive play and help the Jaguars qualify for the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2017?

The fact of the matter is that Lawrence is in a perfect position to continue his winning ways. He was already dominant in the last Titans vs Jaguars matchup in Week 14, throwing for a career-high 368 passing yards with a trio of touchdowns.

Considering how the Titans allow the most completions (26.2) and passing yards (279.3) per game in the NFL, it won’t be shocking if Lawrence terrorizes Tennessee’s secondary yet again.

The Jaguars’ defense has also been playing out of this world lately, holding both of their last two opponents to three points apiece. With the Titans scoring 14 or fewer points in four of the last five games and recording 10 turnovers over the last four outings, I’m confident that Jacksonville’s defenders will have another solid showing.

At the end of the day, I don’t see how the Titans can win this game with how banged-up they are. From the offensive line to the defense, there’s just little reason to believe that Tennessee can march into TIAA Bank Field and win.

The Jaguars are riding a momentum wave and look like one of the better teams in football lately, so I have the utmost confidence that they can cover the 6.5-point spread. After all, they defeated the Titans 36-22 less than a month ago and that was on the road, so winning by more than a touchdown at home shouldn’t be an issue.

I’m also backing the total going over 38.5 points. Four of the last six Titans vs Jaguars matchups have hit the over, going over 38.5 points in all but one of those games. With the AFC South title on the line, I’m expecting both teams to step up, leading to more points than expected.

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Devon Platana
Devon Platana

Devon is a Master of Journalism graduate who joined the sports betting world in 2020. His favorite leagues to cover are the NHL, NBA and NFL, and has a soft spot for fantasy football specifically. Outside of sports, he enjoys the finer things in life like pasta, live music and getting even more tattoos.

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