Monday, September 17, 2012
Titans, Jaguars had minimal possession
By Paul Kuharsky
Two teams in the AFC South did little to keep possession of the ball Sunday.
The Jaguars let the Texans keep possession for 43:17 in an early game, only to be outdone by the Titans in a late afternoon game as they allowed the Chargers 43:39 of possession.
That is some seriously bad offense.
Jacksonville didn’t convert any of its third downs, and managed just nine first downs all game en route to 117 total net yards.
Tennessee converted one of nine third downs, and managed just nine first downs en route to 212 total net yards.
ESPN Stats & Information asked Elias to look for another instance where two teams allowed an opponent over 43 minutes of possession time in the same NFL weekend.
They found Oct. 12, 1980.
On that day, Dallas held the ball for 46:07 in a 59-14 win over San Francisco and Green Bay held the ball for 50:12 in a 14-14 OT tie at Tampa Bay. But the Packers and Buccaneers played 75 minutes that day, not 60.
Sept. 16, 2012, featured some solid defensive work by Houston and San Diego. But those teams had a lot of help from two offenses that could barely move the ball at crucial moments.