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NFL Week 14 TNF pick: Take host Titans, who need game more than disappointing Jaguars 

Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans takes the

Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans takes the field to play the Jets at Nissan Stadium on Dec. 2, 2018 in Nashville. Credit: Getty Images/Wesley Hitt

TV: Ch. 5, NFL, 8:20 p.m.
Line: Titans by 4.5; O/U: 37.5
If you like points, watch a replay of Chiefs-Rams. This isn't the game for you. Jacksonville and its 30th-ranked scoring offense (16.9 points per game) faces off against Tennessee's 28th-ranked outfit (18.4 ppg) in what should be a defensive battle.

The Titans are in the hunt for the final AFC wild-card spot, and after Sunday's comeback win against the Jets from 16-0 down, they should be able to strengthen their chances. Tennessee has owned the AFC South series of late, winning three in a row and five of six. It won, 9-6, at Jacksonville in Week 3.

The Jaguars (5-6-1 against the spread) have been one of the NFL's most disappointing teams. They snapped a seven-game skid with a 6-0 shutout of the Colts Sunday. The players — and Tom Coughlin — were pumped and you have to wonder if they'll be as up for this game now that the losing streak is finally over.

This easily could be a three-point decision but the Titans (6-6 ATS) have more to play for, and on Thursday nights, it's best to back the home team on a short week. The hosts are 11-2 and 10-2-1 ATS. Furthermore, the Jaguars haven't won a road game since Week 1 at the Giants. Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry make enough plays to grind out a 20-13 type of win.

The pick: Titans

Staff picks

Bob Glauber: Titans

Tom Rock: Titans

Al Iannazzone: Titans

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