Sunday, September 11, 2011
Wrap-up: Jaguars 16, Titans 14
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Jaguars’ 16-14 win against the Titans at EverBank Field:
What it means: The Jaguars move to 1-0 in the AFC South where they are even with Houston while the Titans sit with the Colts at 0-1, each with a division loss. The Jaguars can clearly function as constructed, and won this one minus two key players -- end Aaron Kampman and right tackle Eben Britton.
What I liked about the Jaguars: Luke McCown played the sort of game the Jaguars need him to play to have a chance -- first and foremost he didn’t make any giant mistakes. Maurice Jones-Drew looked like himself with 24 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown. Jacksonville controlled the game with nearly 40 minutes of possession (the Jaguars ran 73 offensive plays to the Titans’ 49) and a 50 percent conversion rate on third down.
What I didn’t like about the Titans: Problems from the final season of the Jeff Fisher era that were supposed to be solved reared their ugly heads. The Titans couldn’t string drives together and the defense could not get off the field. Seven penalties for 60 yards did not suggest the newfound discipline Mike Munchak is supposed to be instilling.
Major contributors: The Jaguars’ six primary veteran defensive additions accounted for 21 of the team’s 41 tackles. Drew Coleman and Matt Roth had sacks of Matt Hasselbeck, and Dwight Lowery sealed the game with an interception.
Hard to believe but true: Six of Tennessee’s 11 possessions went three-and-out. Meanwhile, four of Jacksonville’s 11 series were 11 plays or more.
Dangerous man: While Chris Johnson was bottled up, Kenny Britt gave the Titans their big plays with five catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
What’s next: Jacksonville heads to New York to take on the Jets. The Titans host Baltimore, which started off with a rout of the Steelers.