What We Learned Against Tennessee

What the Jacksonville Jaguars learned in their win over the Titans

Five most important things for the Jaguars:

    1. Show them what you're made of. The Jaguars ran the ball and stopped the run. They returned to the form of what earned them their 4-1 start by being more physical than their opponents.

    2. Throw the football successfully. Quinn Gray and the Jaguars weren't great throwing the football, but they made a few plays here and there to sustain drives. The Titans loss of Albert Haynesworth made it much easier for the Jaguars to run the football.

    3. Win special teams. The Jaguars coverage teams were great all day long, but those were the only highlights from special teams. Adam Podlesh did a poor job punting when he failed to pin the Titans deep in their own territory, and later on when he dropped and fumbled away a snap. The Jaguars tried faking a 43-yard field goal on a fourth and 10. The fake went horribly wrong.

    4. Get started early. The Jaguars certainly got off to a good start when they scored on their opening possession, and were up 14-0 in the second quarter. The Titans had to abandon their game plan early and could never catch up.

    5. Win first and second downs on defense. The Jaguars forced the Titans into many third and long's, and the Titans were just 4/15 on third down (26%).


What to look for:

    1. The streak to be snapped. No 100-yard receivers for the Titans, although Justin Gage was close (7 rec./90 yards).

    2. Look for a big fat dose of LenDale White. The Titans would've liked to run LenDale White more, but the scoreboard dictated against it, as well as a leg injury to White. LenDale finished with eight carries for just 12 yards.

    3. Look for Fred Taylor's milestone to energize the team. Freddy T. went over 10,000 early in the first quarter, and that drive led to a Jaguars touchdown. The team never looked back.

    4. Look for a low-scoring affair. I was half-right, the Titans didn't score much. The Jaguars were very opportunistic and amazingly scored 28 points, while having just 262 yards of total offense.

    5. Look for a trick play from the Titans. The only trick the Titans managed to do was to leave their struggling quarterback in too long. The Jaguars were the team that tried to get tricky, with the fake field goal that didn't work.




Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Jagnation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, MySpace Sports and Sportsillustated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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