The Jaguars and Titans will both be using their backup QBs in this battle for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars host the division rival Tennessee Titans in a Week 16 matchup where the loser likely becomes a big winner in the 2015 draft.
The Titans may have lost to the New York Jets in Week 15, but in doing so greatly improved their chances of getting a high-enough draft pick to take one of the elite talents in the 2015 NFL draft. That aside, the team is a mess at QB: Rookie Zach Mettenberger has been placed on injured reserve and last week’s starter Jake Locker suffered a season-ending shoulder injury after a hit from Jets defender Quinton Coples. The teams is in the bottom five of nearly every offensive and defensive category and will be starting Charlie Whitehurst against Jacksonville.
The Jaguars currently hold the No. 3 overall pick in the draft if the season ended today but with a loss would move up to No. 2 (or No. 1 if Tampa Bay wins). For the first time in several years, however, they are favored in a game – in large part because the Titans are worse statistically than the Jaguars in most categories. Unfortunately, the team could very likely be without rookie QB Blake Bortles, who has struggled as a rookie but has steadily improved over the course of the season. If Bortles cannot go the team will likely start Chad Henne at QB.
Prediction: Jaguars – Believe it or not, Chad Henne is probably the best QB either team has played or will play all season. Assuming he is the starter the Jaguars should be the favorites. They have a better running game and more defensive weapons than the Titans and have the edge in multiple positions.