What We Learned Against The Titans

The Jaguars came very close to winning a football game, but alas the fell 16-14 and fell to 0-6. Find out how our keys to victory and predictions for Monday actually played out on the football field.

The Jaguars dropped their sixth straight game to start the season, 16-14 to the Tennessee Titans. The team didn’t get blown out and their quarterback played very well. Unfortunately, mistakes on both sides of the football and on the sideline hurt the Jaguars considerably. We’re going to look at how our keys to victory compared with what actually happened on Sunday.

Keys To A Jaguars Victory



Establish the run. The Jaguars continued to struggle running the football as they had just 82 yards on 23 carries as a team. Quarterback Blake Bortles was their leading rusher with 38 yards on five carries.

Stop Delanie Walker. Walker didn’t feast on the Jaguars but a big part of that was Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst’s inaccuracy. Walker caught three passes for 57 yards but was targeted five more times where he was open.

Hit the quarterback, whoever he might be. The Jaguars registered three sacks and five quarterback hits but the pressure was spotty. On the other side, the Titans sacked Blake Bortles six times.

Win first down. The Jaguars stuck with the run even though they didn’t run effectively and that put them in third-and-long situations. They did a poor job on first down.

Take some deep shots. The Jaguars didn’t take their first deep shot until 10 minutes left in the game.

What We’ll Be Saying On Monday



Blake Bortles played his best game of the season. Bortles looked really good as he completed 32 of 46 throws for 336 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Bortles stayed composed through a tough pass rush and made plays with his feet. He put his team in position to win the game with a long field goal.

The Jaguars stopped the run. The Jaguars did a really nice job against the Titans ground game as they held Tennessee to just 70 yards on 24 carries.

Look for a big game from Kendall Wright. Kendall Wright is a good young player but he was one of the few receivers that the Jaguars secondary covered well. Wright had just one catch for six yards.

The running game improved. The Jaguars running game improved ever so slightly but mostly due to the mobility of Blake Bortles. On designed running plays, the Jaguars were ineffective.

They found a way. They almost found a way. After playing poorly for most of the game the Jaguars recovered an onsides kick and got into field goal range before Gus Bradley decided to opt for a 55-yard kick with 12 seconds left on the clock. The kick was blocked and so was the team’s chance of getting a victory.

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