Jaguars — 0-0-8-14–22
Titans — 3-24-6-3–36
The Titans flexed their muscles on Thursday night, rushing for 214 yards on the Jaguars in a dominating 33-22 win.
Tennessee, who have struggled at home the past two seasons, established the run game early. Marcus Mariota was efficient when needed, and found Rishard Matthews for an early TD.
When the Titans scored, the Jaguars didn’t respond. That pattern repeated itself several times in the second quarter, as Tennessee scored three unanswered touchdowns before halftime.
DeMarco Murray finished with 123 yards, and Derrick Henry added a strong 60 to keep the ball moving. Mariota played a clean game, finishing 18/22 with two touchdowns.
The Jaguars travel to Kansas City next week, while the Titans head west to face the Chargers.
Jaguars Score Twice In Garbage Time
Bortles put up his numbers when the game was out reach, and hit Bryan Walters for the game’s final score with one second left. His stats will not accurately reflect his performance in this game.
Mariota Keeps The Titans Rolling
The Titans response TD perfectly summarizes what their offense is trying to do. Sprinkled in among five rushing plays, Marcus Mariota threw two passes on the drive. The first was a 42-yard catch and run from Delanie Walker, and second was the short TD pass to Matthews.
Jacksonville Responds To Start The Second Half
Don’t go to sleep just yet. The Jaguars go for a 12-play, 75 yard drive to get on the scoreboard.
DeMarco Murray Makes It A Blowout
The Titans are pushing around the Jaguars, and Murray dives his way in for the Titan’s third TD of the quarter.
Derrick Henry Caps Another Impressive Titans Drive
The Jaguars are on the ropes here, after the Titans march down the field thanks in part to Derrick Henry. The Alabama product had five carries on the drive, including the six-yard plow for the score.
Mariota Puts The Titans Up Early With A 35-Yard Strike
After a slow first quarter, Mariota puts the Titans up 10 by dropping this dime to Kendall Wright. DeMarco Murray’s eight carries helped setup the playaction pass, which helped Wright get behind Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson.
Passing: Bortles: 33/54, 337 yards, 3 TD
Rushing: Yeldon: 3 carries, 20 yards
Receiving: Hurns: 7 catches, 98 yards, TD
Passing: Mariota: 18/22, 270 yards, 2 TD
Rushing: Murray: 21 carries, 123 yards, TD
Receiving: Wright: 4 catches, 84 yards, TD
The Titans look to get back to .500 when they host the Jaguars on Thursday Night Football.
It’s a meeting of two young quarterbacks that, regardless of hype and past performances, haven’t been as good as expected this year.
Blake Bortles is the primary offender, as his offense has regressed in the second season under OC Greg Olsen. The Jaguars were one of the best big-play offenses in football last year, but that spark is missing so far this season. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns have been fantasy busts, as the Jaguars have been unable to test teams deep this season.
While Marcus Mariota certainly has taken steps in his NFL career, he is not yet ready to shoulder the Titans offense. It’s still a run-first scheme under Mike Mularkey, as DeMarco Murray has had an outstanding start to the season. The issue is when the Titans are behind and need Mariota to make play, as evidenced by the young QB’s split stats this season. Mariota actually has a better QB rating in the second half, but throws twice as many interceptions as he does early in the game.
Both Mariota (21st) and Bortles (27th) rank near the bottom in yards per passing attempt. There has been a lot of scoring when these teams meet, so hopefully those numbers rise by Thursday night’s end.