November 19, 2015 - Jesse Lawrence
Jaguars and Titans Battle in Least Expensive Thursday Night Football Game of Season
Believe it or not, this week’s Thursday Night Football matchup carries playoff implications. The Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field in what will be a significant game in the struggling AFC South division. While the teams hope to move within striking distance of the division-leading 4-5 Colts, their meeting will be the cheapest TNF game on the secondary ticket market this season. According to TiqIQ the average price for Jaguars vs Titans tickets is currently $102.88. Prior to tonight’s game the least expensive Thursday Night Football matchup came last week when the New York Jets hosted the Buffalo Bills. That game averaged a $128.06 ticket, making this week’s game 19.6% cheaper. The get-in price to tonight’s showdown in Jacksonville is now $64. While ticket prices for Thursday Night Football are reaching new lows for tonight’s less-than-desirable matchup, it won’t be the cheapest home game the Jaguars have played in this season. A November 29 game against the San Diego Chargers averages $92.90 and the get-in price is just $22. On October 18 the Jaguars played in their cheapest home game of the season against the Houston Texans, when tickets averaged $86.32 and the get-in price was $27. The deals to tonight’s game doesn't end with ticket prices. For fans driving to the game, EverBank Field parking on ParkWhiz.com starts from just $7. That price remains firm across all of the Jaguars’ four remaining home games, including a seminal divisional battle with the Colts on December 13. Quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Marcus Mariota will be passing to several new faces in Jacksonville tonight. The Jaguars welcome back second-year wideout Marqise Lee and rookie receiver Rashad Greene, who both missed the bulk of the season with respective hamstring and thumb injuries. The Titans will be without top receiver Kendall Wright for the third straight week while Justin Hunter was added to injured reserve Monday after fracturing his right ankle. The Jaguars enter Week 11 riding high after a promising 22-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens last week. Whether that confidence carries over against the Titans will rely on how Bortles dictates the aerial game. With Lee and Greene added to a mix that already features top receivers Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson, Bortles will have plenty of options through the air. Mariota has played well on the road, however, throwing for 10 touchdowns and no interceptions in four starts away from LP Field this season. Andrew Luck’s absence in Indianapolis leaves the AFC South up for grabs as the postseason draws closer. A win tonight would take the Titans out of the divisional cellar and tied with the Jaguars at 3-7. Neither the Colts nor Texans are locks atop the division at 4-5 each, and both the Jaguars and Titans look to further shake the picture up tonight when they face off in Jacksonville.