NFL Nation: 2013 Week 10 JAC at TEN Rapid Reaction

Rapid Reaction: Tennessee Titans

November, 10, 2013

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.

Rapid Reaction: Jacksonville Jaguars

November, 10, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A few thoughts on the Jacksonville Jaguars' 29-27 victory over the Tennessee Titans:

What it means: For the first time in 350 days, the Jaguars have a victory to celebrate after they upset the Titans at LP Field on Sunday. The victory snapped a 13-game losing streak dating back to a 24-19 victory over the Titans in Jacksonville on Nov. 25, 2012. There is one remaining winless team in the NFL: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who play the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.

Stock watch: Nobody's stock is higher now than cornerback Will Blackmon's, who made the biggest play of the season when he ripped the ball away from Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and ran 21 yards for the game-clinching touchdown with 2:32 to play. Blackmon had come on a blitz on a third-and-9 play.

Turnovers: The Jaguars' defense had forced just 11 turnovers entering Sunday but forced four against the Titans. In addition to the game-sealing strip by Blackmon, linebacker Paul Posluszny forced the ball loose and recovered it on the game's first offensive snap to set up the Jaguars' first touchdown. Chris Johnson also fumbled a pitch. (It's credited to Jake Locker, though.) Rookie cornerback Dwayne Gratz also came up with the first interception of his career.

Red zone success: The Jaguars were last in the NFL in red zone production coming into the game, scoring touchdowns on just five of their 20 trips inside the 20. But they were a solid 2-for-3 on Sunday. Their first possession of the game started at the Titans' 19-yard line following a turnover, and they scored three plays later. Their second trip ended with a Josh Scobee field goal. The Jaguars drove 79 yards for a touchdown on their first possession of the second half.

What's next: The Jaguars play their first game at EverBank Field in nearly a month when they host Arizona next Sunday.




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