Sunday, December 5, 2010
Halftime thoughts on Jaguars-Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Jaguars moved the ball pretty much at will in the first half at LP Field en route to a 17-0 lead that feels like twice that.
- The Jaguars have been particularly effective running to the right. The Titans haven’t done real well setting the edge on that side in recent weeks. Victims here include Dave Ball, Gerald McRath and Cortland Finnegan.
- Tennessee’s defense looks lifeless, unmotivated, tied and worn down. That’s a terrible thing when you’re seeing live legs like those of Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings and David Garrard.
- Kerry Collins couldn’t really step up with Derrick Harvey at his feet, so the interception to Derek Cox intended for Nate Washington was underthrown. Collins should have eaten it or checked down.
- The Titans gave up possession on another series when they went for it on fourth-and-7 from the Jaguars’ 42-yard line. It was hardly a good throw from Collins, but Randy Moss hardly looked like a world-class receiver, flailing to get back to it as it went through his arms.
- Chris Johnson is ineffective and indecisive. Running like a guy expecting to get hit, and the Jaguars are doing just fine making sure that comes true. With a couple tight end-arounds, Zach Miller has the same rush yardage as Johnson -- 9 yards.
- The Jaguars were up 17-6 at the half on the Giants last week with similar numbers and still lost. Last week: 145 first-half rush yards and 18 minutes of possession. This week: 146 first-half rushing yards, 21 minutes of possession.