Titans-Jaguars inactives, gameday notes

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The inactives are out for today’s game at Nissan Stadium as the Tennessee Titans host the Jacksonville Jaguars, and here they are:

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: C Luke Bowanko, WR Allen Hurns, WR Rashad Lawrence, CB Nick Marshall, RB Bernard Pierce, OLB Dan Skuta, DE Chris Smith

TENNESSEE TITANS: DE Mike Martin, RB Dexter McCluster, T/G Jamon Meredith, OLB Derrick Morgan, DE Ropati Pitoitua, CB Cody Riggs, WR Andrew Turzilli

For Tennessee, Al Woods, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, and Kendall Wright return after missing the first matchup, while McCluster and Morgan are down. David Bass, who played most of the snaps in the previous game, once again gets the start for Morgan. Two things of note: thought Woods returns, Sammie Hill is the announced starter at nose tackle. I expected the rotation to end up here eventually and Woods’ ankle injury lingering (he was probable this week) may have something to do with that. We’ll see what the snap counts bring. The other thing is Jeremiah Poutasi returns to the lineup, replacing Meredith as the swing tackle backup.

For Jacksonville, the big injury is Hurns, out with a concussion. Allen Robinson did most of the damage in the previous game (5-113 to Hurns’ 3-19), but with him out the Titans will be able to pay more attention to Robinson if they so desire. The Jaguars made a concerted effort to get Julius Thomas involved last time around, especially early in the game, and they might do the same again.

Previewing matchups we just saw two weeks ago is boring, especially when the game was not very eventful. The Jaguars are roughly as good as the Titans, so with the game in Tennessee the Titans are favored by the home edge of 3 points (at Pinny as of 10:45 AM CT). Whichever team plays better, or gets more bounces or the biggest bounces, or makes the fewest dumb mistakes should win the game. I’m kind of tired of hearing about how the Titans haven’t won a game at home in over a year, so it’d be nice to get that out of the way, though of course a loss would help them in their race against the Browns (and the 3-8 teams) for the first overall pick.