Titans Run over Jaguars, 13-10

It was a record setting opening day for the Jaguars, unfortunately the home team wanted no part of the records that were set. The Tennessee Titans beat the Jaguars at their own game, by running the football and stopping the run en route to a 13-10 victory.

The Titans set franchise records for most rushing attempts in a game (49), and most rushing yards (282). The attempts and rushing yards allowed were also records for the Jaguars franchise, eclipsing their old marks of 44 attempts (accomplished three times, the last being on 10/2/05 vs. Denver), and 246 yards allowed (inaugural season of 1995, vs. Seattle).

The Titans offensive and defensive lines were completely dominant on this day. Offensively, Tennessee ran what appeared to be the same misdirection handoff for much of the second half, due to the Jaguars complete inability to stop the Titans running game. Titans running back Chris Brown had 175 yards on just 19 carries, with a long run of 42 yards. Brown, the fifth year veteran from Colorado, set a career high on this day, and hasn't had a 100 yard rushing game in nearly three years.

"They didn't have an answer for us, so we just kept running the same stuff. When they got quiet, we knew we got 'em," Brown said of the mostly stunned crowd of 65,437.

Defensively, the Titans loaded up the line of scrimmage and forced the home team to beat them through the air, something the Jaguars ultimately could not do. The Jaguars dynamic duo of running backs, Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew, had a combined total of just 48 yards on 13 carries. Through the air, newly reinstated starting quarterback David Garrard completed 17 of 30 passes, for 204 yards and a touchdown coming off a 47 yard strike to rookie wide receiver John Broussard.

Overall, it was an ugly game for both teams. Despite dominating the line of scrimmage and time of possession (350-272 yard advantage, 36:55-23:05 TOP advantage), the Titans turned the ball over once and scored just 13 points. The Jaguars lost one fumble, and were the victims of numerous drops by their underachieving wide receivers, including one that would have been a go ahead touchdown by Matt   Jones.

"From my perspective, I would hope he would catch any ball that hits him in the hands, but that defender's going to make plays, too, and he's going to do his best to knock balls out. I think he did a good job of making it a tough catch for Matt. I would've loved for him to come up with it and know he would have loved to catch it," Garrard said.

The Jaguars will try to rebound next Sunday as they host the Atlanta Falcons, who were clobbered 24-3 at Minnesota. If the Jaguars are to even their record at 1-1, they will have to do a better job of stopping the run, and throwing the football, as the Titans gave the rest of the NFL a fantastic blueprint on how to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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