Updated news and odds ahead of NFL play-off clinching week
Heading into week 14 of the NFL, there are a lot of key names on the injury report.
Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Deshaun Watson, Matthew Stafford and Joe Flacco were among the quarterbacks to be listed as limited to begin the week. Kenyan Drake, Josh Adams, DeAndre Hopkins, Kenny Golladay, Sammy Watkins, Calvin Ridley, Randall Cobb, Keke Coutee, DeVante Parker, Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski and Evan Engram were among the other notable limited participants in practice on Wednesday who bear watching as the week goes on.
James Conner and Matt Breida have been ruled out this week. Melvin Gordon, Kerryon Johnson, Michael Thomas and Julio Jones missed practice to start the week, and they were joined as DNPs by T.Y. Hilton, DeSean Jackson, Jimmy Graham and Eric Ebron.
Week 14 Odds
Week 14 kicks off with Thursday night football as the Titans are set to take on the Jaguars. The Titans are at 6-6, so a loss to the Jaguars would be devastating to their chances.
*Odds are subject to change. Find the latest odds here.
The Titans head into the game with the Jaguars relatively healthy. Dane Cruikshank (Cruikshank might have had a knee procedure per Terry McCormick) and David Fluellen have both been ruled out. They have been out for a few weeks now, so it is no surprise that they won’t be ready for a game on a short week.
Derrick Morgan and Darius Jennings are both listed as questionable with knee injuries after being listed as limited in practice today.
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is fit and healthy ahead of the game. He has been playing his best football of the season lately. On Sunday, he threw for 282 yards and rushed for another 43, to will the Titans to victory.
The Jaguars are healthy as well, but DJ Chark and Abry Jones are out. The team only have Cody Davis and Josh Walker listed as questionable.
While the Titans are coming off a win, it does not guarantee a win for Tennessee as the Jaguars will be coming in strong especially from the quarterback courtesy of defensive ends Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue.
Campbell has registered 15 quarterback hits this season and Ngakoue has an incredible 25. The Titans have given up 42 sacks this season, so if Campbell and Ngakoue can live in the Titans’ backfield, it could be a long day for Mariota. The Jaguars are third in the NFL in total defence at 315.6 yards allowed per game. They shut Colts quarterback Andrew Luck out of the end zone last week and sacked him three times.
Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is expected to return to action and will be well-rested after serving a one-game suspension for throwing haymakers against the Bills. Despite only suiting up for five games this season, he is tied with Yeldon for the team lead in touchdowns with five.
A Titans win on Thursday would prevent the Texans from clinching this week.