Philadelphia, PA - In week 4, the Philadelphia Eagles travel to take on the Tennessee Titans in a battle of 2-1 squads. Both teams enter coming off victories, and with nothing but good news in their respective locker rooms. For the Titans, Jack Conklin, their first-round pick from a year ago, will play for the first time this season, while quarterback Marcus Mariota and cornerback Adoree Jackson look primed to play as well, nursing injuries from last week.
Week 4 - Predictions:Philadelphia Eagles VS. Tennessee Titans
For Philadelphia, they should have a much stronger offense with the return of wideout Alshon Jeffery, as well as a healthy Jay Ajayi. This looks to be a close game, one that very well could be decided by the turnover battle. Last week, Philadelphia turned the ball over twice, both mistakes leading to Colts’ scores on a day where points were at a premium. Perhaps the most jarring statistic from the game was the time of possession, with the Eagles holding the ball for over 40 minutes. They effectively kept Indianapolis in the game with these turnovers, and it nearly cost them their second straight loss. They must play cleaner ball in Tennessee to win.
As for the Titans, they outlasted the Jaguars in a defensive slugfest, 9-6. Despite being beaten up in the game, backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert, the former Jaguar, was able to help lead the Titans to an upset victory. They terrorized Blake Bortles and the Jaguars, who was red-hot coming off a win over the Patriots. Expect the Titans to get after Carson Wentz in the game, forcing Wentz to use his legs and make plays. Wentz looked much like his former self-last week, despite the sloppy play of the Eagles offense.
For Philadelphia, they have to keep Marcus Mariota in the pocket. Mariota is a proven runner and had over 50 yards against Jacksonville. The Titans want to pound the rock with Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis, and the Eagles need to try and prevent that from happening. They’ve had a stout run defense so far in the season, and they look to keep that going against the “exotic smashmouth” of the Tennessee Titans.
All in all, I expect an Eagles defeat on the road. I think this is a hot Titans team that will carry their momentum into Sunday. This isn’t a bad thing for Philadelphia or a sign of things to come. The Titans pose one of the most stringent tests in the season, and I think the Eagles will take a loss, and they’ll use it as a springboard for the rest of the season.