The Titans bounced back strong after last week’s loss, taking it to their divisional rivals in Jacksonville with a dominating 31-10 win.
Here’s the recap of how it went down:
Jacksonville won the toss and elected to start with possession. James Robinson got things started on a catch out of the backfield from Mike Glennon, and the Jags managed a bit of a drive with some nice completions to Keelan Cole and Laviska Shenault. But Tye Smith got excellent penetration on a second-down handoff that resulted in a loss of five, and the Titans held the Jags to a 52-yard field goal try, which DaQuan Jones blocked as kicker Aldrick Rosas slipped during the kick.
Ryan Tannehill got Jacksonville to jump on first-and-10, and three plays later, the Titans pulled off a flea flicker to perfection. Derrick Henry pitched it back to Tannehill, who threw it on a rope 37 yards to A.J. Brown in the end zone. Brown fought threw contact to haul in the pass using only his right hand, an unbelievable play, to put the Titans up 7-0 early.
After a 22-yard play-action strike to Shenault, the Titans defense made some plays. Tye Smith made another nice effort, diving to breakup a pass for Collin Johnson, and then Harold Landry pressured Glennon into a throwaway on 3rd-and-14. Jaguars punted back to Tennessee.
On the verge of going three-and-out, the Titans faked a punt with a direct snap to Amani Hooker and picked up a first down. But they went three-and-out after that anyway, with rookie K’Lavon Chaisson beating David Quessenberry around the left edge with a nice spin move and forcing a quick throwaway from Tannehill. Titans punted for the first time with 3:06 to play in the first quarter.
Rashaan Evans nearly intercepted Mike Glennon on third-and-four on the Jaguars ensuing possession, and the Titans forced another quick punt.
End 1Q — Titans 7, Jaguars 0.
The Titans faced a 3rd-and-8 to start the second quarter, and Tannehill hit Brown for a nice gain to convert the first down. A couple more Brown catches mixed with some Henry carries took the Titans down to the 10-yard line, where they elected to go for it on fourth and two. With the third-and-long personnel grouping still in, the Titans hurried to the line and handed off to Jeremy McNichols, who was quickly hit in the backfield and crushed by multiple defenders for a two-yard loss. Jaguars took over on downs.
Jacksonville dinked and dunked their way from their own 11 almost 30 yards when Tennessee’s pass defense made a couple plays in tight coverage to force incompletions. Jacksonville punted again from their own 38.
After Henry picked up a first down with a pair of nice carries, the Titans ran a screen to Corey Davis, but he fumbled trying to make a move. Jaguars took over at the TEN 40. Tennessee’s defense only surrendered five yards, and Aldrick Rosas kicked through a 53-yard field goal to narrow Tennessee’s lead to 7-3 with 3:27 left in the half.
The Titans went all Henry on their two-minute drill drive, handing it off five straight times for 75 yards and a touchdown. Cameron Batson sealed the edge on the 36-yard homerun, and Tennessee extended their lead with 44 seconds on the clock.
Jacksonville was unable to do anything with their final chance before the break. The Titans did have one more opportunity, getting in range for Stephen Gostkowski to try a 53-yard field goal. The veteran kicker knocked it through to push the Titans lead to two touchdowns at halftime.
End 1H — Titans 17, Jaguars 3.
Titans started the second half with A.J. Brown, followed by more Henry. The rushing leader ripped off a 47-yard run down to the JAX eight-yard line, and Tannehill hit Geoff Swaim in the end zone on the next play.
The Titans defense continued its stout play, stuffing Robinson for a short gain on first down. Then Malcolm Butler went up high to pick off a Glennon pass at the TEN 42. The Titans quickly moved back down the field, with Tannehill hitting Swaim for a big gain off play action down to the one-yard line. Henry punched it in for his second score on the following play.
The Jaguars inserted Gardner Minshew at quarterback, and he provided the spark Doug Marrone was looking for. Minshew drove Jacksonville all the way down the field and found Cole for a touchdown from the five-yard line with 2:59 left in the third.
The Titans ran out the rest of the quarter, with a fourth-down punt coming up to start the final frame.
End 3Q — Titans 31, Jaguars 10.
Robinson finally broke free for a big gain to start the Jaguars next drive, a 47-yard gain for his best play of the day. A few plays later, Minshew scrambled down to the TEN 14. With their backs against the wall (and a 21-point cushion), the Titans defense came up with four straight incompletions and forced a turnover on downs.
The Titans seemed content to rest on their lead, running mostly with McNichols while a laundry-fest of flags flooded the field. Henry came back for one carry, which he took 20 yards to push his total for the day over 200 to 215 yards, his fourth game breaking the double-century mark since 2018. Titans punted after running off 4:24 of clock with 7:54 remaining in the game.
Jacksonville drove into Titans territory again, and again turned the ball over on downs trying and failing to find the end zone. Titans took over with Logan Woodside in at quarterback. Woodside turned a bootleg run into a nice play, and three plays later, the Titans punted right after the two-minute warning.
Final: Titans 31, Jaguars 10.
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