1. Is Trevor Lawrence going to play?
Lawrence is officially listed as questionable after being limited in practice this week. If he’s cleared to play, you can bet that he’ll suit up, but I’m not sure he’s healed enough from an AC shoulder sprain sustained two weeks ago. I would guess that C.J. Beathard starts on Sunday.
2. How are fans feeling about Lawrence? Has he lived up to being the #1 overall pick?
He has lived up to being the #1 overall pick, but he has yet to live up to being the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck. Fortunately, most Jaguars fans can see that Lawrence’s early career struggles aren’t all his fault (see: Meyer, Urban). Lawrence is still just 24 years old and still has the potential to be an All-Pro passer. It’s been fun to watch a quarterback with his physical traits, though his competitiveness and mental toughness are just as impressive.
3. How are fans feeling about this season? Let’s assume the Jaguars beat the Titans but lose in the first round of the playoffs. Is that a disappointment?
Despite having one (1) playoff victory in the past five seasons, Jacksonville is in Super Bowl contention mode. The team did set a goal of repeating as division winners, but a league championship is the ultimate objective, and fans shouldn’t see it any differently. Many Jaguars faithful would be happy just to see a postseason berth, but for a franchise that’s never seen a Super Bowl appearance, most folks in town have their hearts set on the Lombardi.
4. What is the Jaguars biggest need heading into the offseason?
Interior linemen on both sides of the ball. Veterans like Brandon Scherff and Foley Fatukasi are potential cap casualties, and youngsters like Luke Fortner and DaVon Hamilton haven’t played up to the team’s investments in them. Jacksonville has had a brutal rushing offense this season so that’d be the first general area to address. You can pencil in a trench player for Jacksonville’s first round pick in April.
5. The Titans are now 3.5-point underdogs at DK and the total is at 41.5. What is your favorite bet? How do you see this one playing out?
My favorite bet is Calvin Ridley over 52.5 receiving yards. He had one of his best games of the year against the Titans in Week 11 (7 catches, 103 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Tennessee has allowed the sixth-most yards to wideouts. Ridley needs 90 yards on Sunday to break 1,000 this season. Other than that, I see this playing out as a classic, gruesome, low-scoring battle — similar to Week 18 last season — with Jacksonville coming out on top again. Jags 20, Titans 13.
You can head over to Big Cat Country to see Gus’s questions for me with my answers.