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Rapid Reaction: Tennessee Titans
November, 10, 2013
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rapid Reaction from the Tennessee Titans' 29-27 loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars at LP Field:
What it means: The Titans blew a monster opportunity on a day the Colts got whipped. A win would have meant the Titans' game Thursday night against Indianapolis would have been for first place in the AFC South. But not even a win for the Titans on Thursday would get them to the head of the line now. They need a win just to get to .500 again. The Jaguars have won eight games over the past three years, and this is the third of those eight to come against Tennessee. The Titans were the first win for the 0-13 Colts in 2011, and are now the first win for the 0-8 Jaguars.
Stock watch: Jake Locker wasn’t playing well when he got hurt and left the game in the second quarter with a right foot injury. He was on crutches in the second half. While we have to wait for details, it would appear to be a long shot for him to play Thursday against Indianapolis. It’s the second time he’s been hurt his season, and it looks to be the third injury in three years that will cost him time.
Awful plays: The Titans challenged the spot after a punt was downed at the 1-yard line and lost it midway through the fourth quarter. Two plays later, Chance Warmack was called for holding Sen'Derrick Marks in the end zone on a short pass to Shonn Greene. Safety. The lead was up to 22-13, and the Titans had to free kick the ball away. It was a play they simply could not afford at that time. Even worse, the Titans had the ball with a chance to drive to a winning field goal and cornerback Will Blackmon stripped the ball away from Ryan Fitzpatrick on a sack and returned it for a 21-yard touchdown, making it a nine-point game with 2:32 remaining.
What’s next: The Titans host AFC South-leading Indianapolis on Thursday night at LP Field in a nationally televised game.