Titans, Nashville close to exhaling

Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- There is a sense of relief among Titans players and running through LP Field.

Eight minutes remain but a 30-13 lead feels both unfamiliar and safe. Jacksonville was moving the ball well when David Garrard overthrew Mike Sims-Walker and Cortland Finnegan ended up with a pick. The Titans punted it back pretty quickly, but the Jags faced a long field and got nowhere. Now can Tennessee burn some clock.

Can the Titans and Nashville exhale?

Soon, barring something crazy.

They are fortunate that the Jaguars have tackled Chris Johnson as poorly as they've tackled Maurice Jones-Drew.

One other element that’s been big here: New blood beyond Vince Young.

Cornerback Rod Hood, punt returner Kevin Kaesviharn and punter Brett Kern have all had a positive influence for the Titans. More to come on them.