LOCATION: Nissan Stadium (Nashville, Tennessee)
BETTING LINE: TEN -3.5
FINAL LINE SCORE
TOP PASSER: Blake Bortles- 33/54, 337 passing yards, 3 TD
TOP RUSHER: Blake Bortles- 4 rushes, 22 rushing yards
TOP RECEIVER: Allen Hurns- 7 receptions, 98 receiving yards, 1 TD
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Telvin Smith- 10 tackles
PLAYER OF THE GAME
PLAYER STATS: 21 carries, 123 rushing yards, 1 TD
DeMarco Murray destroyed the Jaguars’ defense in this game. His 123 rushing yards puts him in first place in total rushing yards on the season. Murray is a power back who will usually get his rushing yards by trucking defenders and powering through the line, but he let his speed and elusiveness do the talking in this game. Most of his yards came from bouncing to the outside instead of powering through the line. His TD came off of taking it to the outside and diving around the pylon instead of powering through that clogged up line. The Jaguars have struggled with stopping the run all year and DeMarco Murray capitalized on that. Murray showed that he is still one of the league’s best running backs and that his time in Philly was not a look into his future.
TOP PASSER: Marcus Mariota- 18/22, 270 passing yards, 2 TDs
TOP RUSHER: DeMarco Murray- 21 rushes, 123 rushing yards, TD
TOP RECEIVER: Kendall Wright- 4 receptions, 84 receiving yards, TD
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Jason McCourty- 10 tackles, 2 passes defended
JAGUARS POSITION GROUP RATINGS
OFFENSIVE LINE: 2/10
The offensive line did not help the run game and allowed the Titans to get pressure on Blake Bortles all game long.
RUNNING BACKS: 5/10
TJ Yeldon did a pretty good job in his limited touches, but Chris Ivory could not get anything going.
Blake Bortles did not show up in the first half and only showed promise when the game was already over.
WIDE RECEIVERS: 6/10
There were a few drops early in the game, but the wide receiving corps actually looked good in the second half.
DEFENSIVE LINE: 0/10
The defensive line did not stop the run game and did not get pressure on Marcus Mariota whatsoever.
For the second week in a row the secondary did not make any plays. They got burnt on a few plays and just did not look good.
In this week’s Thursday night color rush matchup, the Titans beat the Jags until they were black and two tone blue. It was a complete domination from start to finish. The Jags managed to score two late garbage time touchdowns that made the score look less brutal than it actually was.
The Titans imposed their will with the ground game early and continued to lean on running backs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry as the game progressed. Henry has shown flashes of brilliance this season, but his opportunities have been limited due to the stellar play of veteran DeMarco Murray. The Titans coaching staff made it a point to get Henry involved early in the game and he responded by scoring on a 6-yard carry in the 2nd quarter. Henry finished the game with 97 total yards from scrimmage.
Marcus Mariota threw for 270 yards, 2 touchdowns, and for the first time in his career finished a home game without a turnover. The effectiveness of the run game allowed for Marcus to play free and loose. He threw a beautiful 36-yard pass to a wide open Kendall Wright for the game’s first touchdown and it was all down hill from there.
With this decisive victory the Titans are now tied with the Texans atop the AFC South. At the halfway point of the season, being 4-4 is about as good as any Titans’ fan could have hoped for coming into the season.
As for the Jags they remain in last place and head coach Gus Bradley’s seat is getting hotter by the day. Many speculated during the game that this could be his last games on the sidelines for Jacksonville.
TITANS POSITION GROUP RATINGS
OFFENSIVE LINE: 9/10
The Titans offensive line, which has been one of the team’s best position groups, performed at a high level yet again. They made sure quarterback Marcus Mariota’s color rush jersey stayed clean by not allowing any sacks.
RUNNING BACKS: 10/10
DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry combined for 225 total yards from scrimmage. DeMarco went into the locker room with a foot injury late in the second quarter, but returned after halftime and seemed to be fine. He will have 10 days to get healthy before San Diego next Sunday.
SPECIAL TEAMS: 8/10
For arguably the first time all season long, the special teams played well. With the exception of Ryan Succop’s missed extra point in the 3rd quarter, they played error free.