Inside the Numbers: Jaguars vs Titans

The Jaguars clicked on all cylinders against the Titans, as they helped keep Tennessee in the cellar at 0-4. We're going to break down the play of each position group, starting with the offense.

Team Stat Comparison
1st Downs 19 27
Passing 1st downs
13 15
Rushing 1st downs
5 10
1st downs from Penalties
1 2
3rd down efficiency
8-16 6-13
4th down efficiency
1-2 0-0
Total Plays 67 69
Total Yards 379 442
Passing 284 305
29-48 27-37
Yards per pass
5.9 8.2
Rushing 95 137
Rushing Attempts
19 30
Yards per rush
5.0 4.6
Red Zone (Made-Att) 2-3 3-6
Penalties 6-68 4-30
Turnovers 3 1
Fumbles lost
1 1
Interceptions thrown
2 0
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 25:53 34:07

David Garrard had easily his best game of the season, and quite possibly the best game of his career. Garrard looked decisive, hit his open receivers in stride, and stood tall in the pocket. Garrard ran when he had to and kept his head up while going through his progressions. The Titans defense played eight in the box for much of the game, and Garrard simply made them pay. 27 of 37 for 323 yards and three touchdowns was completely indicative of how well the Jaguars quarterback played.

Running backs-
It was tough sledding early on for Maurice Jones-Drew, as the Titans were playing with eight at the line of scrimmage to stop the Jaguars back. MJD still scored a touchdown, and the game was so out of hand early, that backups Rashad Jennings and Greg Jones were able to get some carries. Jennings ran hard through some gaping holes as he gained 53 yards on nine carries. Jones added 20 yards on three attempts.

Wide receivers-
Mike Sims-Walker was fantastic again, as he caught seven passes for 91 yards with two touchdowns. Sims-Walker was open all day long, and made all the easy and tough catches. Torry Holt pitched in with three receptions for 42 yards, and Mike Thomas go into the action by catching five balls for 31 yards.

Tight ends-
It was a huge day for the Jaguars tight ends, as Marcedes Lewis continues his fine season with four catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. Rookie Zach Miller caught three passes for 14 yards, and Ernest Wilford had a big 29-yard catch that set up a touchdown.

Offensive line-
The Jaguars offensive line played as good of a game as a collective unit as we've seen in years. Tra Thomas started for the sick Eugene Monroe, and played flawlessly at left tackle. The interior line opened up big holes in the second half for the running game, and the pocket was excellent all game long. Maurice Williams played solid at right tackle, as he slid outside and Uche Nwaneri was very good at right guard.

Defensively, the Jaguars were great when they needed to be and the 3-4 is looking better and better each game.

Defensive line-
John Henderson is making a seamless transition to defensive end, and "Big John" batted down passes and caused havoc in the Tennessee backfield. Nose tackles Terrance Knighton and Montavious Stanley combined for a pair of tackles and did a great job of sucking up blocks.

Derrick Harvey played standing up and was able to get pressure on Kerry Collins. Harvey recorded three tackles and was a disruptive force. Daryl Smith had six tackles with very few misses, and Justin Durant tied for the team lead with seven tackles.

Rookie Derek Cox had another banner day as he registered seven tackles, defended two passes, and picked off his second pass of the season. Rashean Mathis blanketed whatever receivers he lined up against, and Tyron Brackenridge played well in the nickel.

Reggie Nelson was productive as he didn't blow any coverages and made more tackles than he missed (six tackles made). Gerald Alexander, starting for the injured Sean Considine, had five tackles, one interception, and one forced fumble.

Special teams-
Josh Scobee was in beast mode as he sent every kickoff deep into the end zone, and hit on three of his four field goal attempts and all four extra points. The Jaguars coverage units were stellar, and Adam Podlesh placed his punts well.

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