AFC South: 2011 Week 16 coverage

Rapid Reaction: Titans 23, Jaguars 17

December, 24, 2011
12/24/11
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Thoughts on the Tennessee Titans’ 23-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at LP Field Stadium.

What it means: The Titans remain alive for the No. 6 seed in the AFC with a win that moved them to 8-7. They still need a win at Houston and help to qualify for the postseason. The Jaguars fell to 4-11.

What I liked, Titans: A week after the Titans were far too conservative against a Colts defense lacking in the secondary, they found a weak spot to attack down field against a team missing three starters in the secondary. Tight end Jared Cook caught eight passes for 169 yards and a touchdown, finding himself alone with middle linebacker Paul Posluszny a few times. That’s a franchise record for tight end receiving yards in a game. Dave Casper had 150 for the Oilers in 1980.

What I didn’t like, Jaguars: The Jaguars had too many three-and-outs and were in third-and-long far too often. With ineffective plays on first downs, they just couldn’t get a lot of drives started. The defense set things up several times. They had two interceptions and a fumble recovery that could have really gotten them back in the game, but the offense managed to convert them into just 10 points.

Second-guess city: A pass play on fourth-and-1 from the Tennessee 9-yard line wound up intercepted by Michael Griffin. It’s easy to say they should have handed off to Maurice Jones-Drew. But they should have handed off to Maurice Jones-Drew.

What I wonder: How in the world can Jones-Drew top 100 yards and be in the lead for the rushing title when the Jaguars passing offense has been so ineffective this season?

What’s next: The Titans head for Houston, where they hope to mess up Houston's playoff positioning and squeeze into the postseason field. The Jaguars host the Indianapolis Colts. If they beat Indianapolis, the Jaguars assure Indianapolis of the top pick in the April draft.

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