- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Thoughts on the Jaguars’ 24-19 win over the Titans at EverBank Field:
What it means: The Jaguars won for the first time since Sept. 23 at Indianapolis, with Chad Henne leading three touchdown drives while Jacksonville’s defense kept the Titans out of the end zone until there was only 4:52 left in the game. Tennessee came off its bye hoping to go on a run and fight for a playoff spot. Now, at 4-7, it’ll take a five-game winning streak just to finish over .500.
What I liked, Jaguars: They let the Titans pull within two points with just inside five minutes left. Then they went three-and-out. But they didn’t fall apart. After punting it back to Tennessee, they got the play of the game from Russell Allen and Dwight Lowery. Allen leaped to tip a Jake Locker pass intended for Jared Cook and Lowery went down to pick it off. The offense milked the clock to 29 seconds before Josh Scobee boosted the lead to 24-19 with a 41-yard field goal.
What I didn’t like, Titans: On a day when the defense could be rated as OK, the offense didn’t do as much as it needed to. Tennessee was overly reliant on Rob Bironas’ leg, and he hit four of five field goals, missing a 42-yarder wide left that could have made things a lot different. One touchdown against the 31st-ranked defense in the NFL is not winning football.
More involved: The Jaguars did good work getting tight end Marcedes Lewis more involved in the passing game with mixed results. On the Jaguars’ early touchdown drive, he pulled in a well-timed throw into a seam. But later he juggled and dropped a pass with Jordan Babineaux in coverage. Lewis finished with four catches for 56 yards. Meanwhile, receiver Cecil Shorts continued his breakthrough with another 100-yard game as he took four catches 105 yards, including a 59-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown where Babineaux took a bad angle.
Steady pressure: The Titans sacked Henne seven times, with nice extra pressure coming from linebackers Akeem Ayers, Zach Brown and safety Michael Griffin. Griffin’s fourth-quarter sack pushed the Jaguars out of field goal range. Little-used defensive tackle Karl Klug, who had seven sacks as a rookie last season, got his first sack to force a punt that got the Titans the ball back late.
Ouch: A year ago, the Titans lost to the 0-13 Colts. Now they lost to the 1-9 Jaguars.
What’s next: Jacksonville travels to Buffalo for a meeting with the Bills. The Titans host division-leading Houston at LP Field. The Texans won the first meeting 38-14 in Nashville on Sept. 30.