Two of the most promising young quarterbacks in the NFL face off against each other Thursday night when Blake Bortles’ Jacksonville team meets Marcus Mariota’s Titans.
And guess what?
Despite a faltering start by both teams, both teams still remain in the race for the AFC South.
Granted, that says more about the AFC South than it does the Jags or Titans. But in this division, no one is ever quite out of it, not even at 3-6 (Jacksonville) or 2-7 (Tennessee). When Indy and Houston are sharing the division lead at 4-5, everyone has life.
The game returns Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey to Jacksonville, where he was 2-14 in his lone season. Mularkey is 1-1 with the Titans, which is a bit of a hot streak the way things are going lately. Jacksonville has won two of its last three.
One warning: In Mariota’s last three road games, he has 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Tennessee was able to drop Carolina’s Cam Newton five times last week, and Bortles has already been sacked 28 times this year. If Bortles can stay upright, he should be able to take advantage of a depleted Titans secondary.