TITANS (2-12) at
8:25 p.m.TV: NFL. Radio: WFAN (660, 101.9).
Jaguars by 3; O/U: 40.5
Titans-Jags. It doesn't roll off the tongue like Green Bay-Seattle, Pittsburgh-Baltimore, or some of the other Thursday night games from the 2014 season.
Titans-Jags: it sounds like fingernails scratching the chalkboard, right? Titans-Jags: this is how the NFL closes its 2014 Thursday night schedule? I guess there's no revote, redo, recount, nor reconsidering?
Confused, bewildered, even angry, I asked fellow Newsday colleague and media scribe Neil Best for some guidance. How could the NFL do this to us, Neil?
"Every team must play a Thursday night game," Best told me. "No exceptions!"
C'mon, Neil, there's gotta be something we can do, right?
"The NFL front-loaded some of the better matchups for early in the season when CBS was showing the games," Best said. "Jags vs. Titans had to go somewhere, so it might as well be late in the season."
Best also told me that the "flex out" was not an option here. We're talking about teams with a combined 4-24 record. This could very well be the worst prime-time game in NFL history. More proof? The Titans are No. 2 and Jags No. 3 behind front-running (or falling) Tampa Bay for the league's No. 1 overall pick for the 2015 NFL draft as of right now.
After a pedestrian 3-3 record against the spread (ATS) the first six weeks of Thursday night schedule, I've picked nine straight covers on Thursday.
But choosing this game is like trying to choose which one of Cinderella's stepsisters to take to the prom. Yuck!
I'll follow a few recent series trends: the Jags are 6-1-1 ATS in the last eight meetings vs. the Titans. Also, Tennessee is 1-3-1 ATS in its last five trips to Jacksonville.
Forget the Titans. But tread softly. And good luck watching. Here's hoping we're surprised by a late-season (holiday) gift.
The pick: Jaguars