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NFL picks: Experts predict Jaguars vs. Titans in Week 18

Seven weeks ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars cruised to a 34-14 beatdown of the visiting Tennessee Titans at EverBank Stadium.

Trevor Lawrence scored two rushing touchdowns and threw two touchdown passes to Calvin Ridley, while the Titans didn’t score their first points until the last play of the third quarter.

A lot can change in a month and a half, though.

The Titans never turned their season around, but the Jaguars limped through a rough December that started with a four-game losing streak. Lawrence battled through a few injuries before a shoulder sprain finally forced him to miss a game for the first time in his career.

Was the Jaguars’ shutout win against the Carolina Panthers last week proof that the skid is solidly in the rearview mirror? Or will a Week 18 rematch in Tennessee ruin Jacksonville’s season. Here’s what the experts predict will happen Sunday in the Jaguars’ regular season finale in Nashville:

USA Today

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USA Today’s Week 18 picks

Jarrett Bell: Jaguars, 26-23

Chris Bumbaca: Jaguars, 24-17

Nate Davis: Titans, 24-20

Safid Deen: Jaguars, 24-17

Tyler Dragon: Jaguars, 27-17

Victoria Hernandez: Titans, 24-23

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz: Jaguars, 30-20

Lorenzo Reyes: Jaguars, 30-20

Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union’s Week 18 picks

Ali Bhanpuri: Jaguars, 24-20

Brooke Cersosimo: Jaguars, 23-21

Dan Parr: Jaguars, 24-17

Gennaro Filice: Titans, 21-18

Tom Blair: Jaguars, 24-17


Bob Self/Florida Times-Union

ESPN’s Week 18 picks

Mike Clay: Jaguars

Jeremy Fowler: Jaguars

Dan Graziano: Jaguars

Kimberly Martin: Jaguars

Eric Moody: Titans

Jason Reid: Jaguars

Sam Wickersham: Titans

CBS Sports

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CBS Sports’ Week 18 picks

Pete Prisco: Jaguars

Will Brinson: Titans

Jared Dubin: Jaguars

Ryan Wilson: Jaguars

John Breech: Jaguars

Tyler Sullivan: Jaguars

Dave Richard: Jaguars

Jamey Eisenberg: Jaguars

Sporting News

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Bill Bender

It’s a pretty straight-forward scenario for the Jaguars. Win, and they take the AFC South. Trevor Lawrence (shoulder) continues to battle late-season injuries, and this is a chance for the Titans to play spoiler at home. Tennessee is 4-3 S/U at home, and all three losses were by three points. This will not be easy for Jacksonville.

Pick: Jaguars 20, Titans 17

Bleacher Report

Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union

Bleacher Report’s Week 18 picks

Gary Davenport: Jaguars

Brad Gagnon: Jaguars

Ian Hanford: Jaguars

Kris Knox: Titans

Maurice Moton: Jaguars

Wes O’Donnell: Jaguars

Brent Sobleski: Jaguars

Bottom Line

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Faith in the Jaguars hasn’t been completely restored by their Week 17 win against Carolina, but most experts are convinced the team has enough juice to pass its test in Tennessee:

Jaguars: 29

Titans: 7

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