This may have been a case of the Jaguars simply being atrocious, but boy the Titans looked good tonight. That was a dominating, convincing victory that they Titans absolutely had to have.
The Titans came out hot, moving the ball up and down the field against the Jaguars. After a second possession field goal, Mariota dialed one up to Kendall Wright. It was a 36 yard rainbow that landed right in Kendall's arms as he got past the safety.
It was on from there.
Derrick Henry took over on the next drive. He was able to score his first touchdown of his career by beating Jalen Ramsey to the edge. Everything was going right for the Titans.
After another failed Blake Bortles drive, DeMarco Murray took his turn. He reversed field and used a Marcus Mariota block to spring him into the endzone.
The Titans led 24-0 in the middle of the second quarter. They got down inside the five yard line at the end of the second half, but chose to kick the field goal to go up 27-0 at halftime.
Jacksonville came out in the second half and finally put something together. Bortles went right down the field and scored quickly, adding the two point conversion to bring the score to 27-8, but the Titans answered right back.
Mariota hit a 42 yard pass to Delanie Walker down the sideline, putting the Titans in business once again. Mariota finished off the drive with a drag route to Matthews, who muscled it in for the score.
It was garbage time from there, which of course meant plenty of Blake Bortles fantasy points! This game was far from a 14 point game.
Murray finished his night in the third quarter, posting an impressive 21-123-1 stat line. Derrick Henry finished things up, finishing with 16-60-1.
Mariota finished his night 18-23, throwing for 270 and two scores.
After a gut-wrenching loss at home last week to the Colts, this was just what the doctor ordered. It wasn't just getting to 4-4, it was totally dominating a lesser football team. It's been a while.
Also, with Gus Bradley's seat hotter than ever, how fitting would it be if the Jaguars pulled the plug on him after a blowout loss to Mike Mularkey? Mularkey was canned after a 2-14 season in Jacksonville and was fired and replaced by Bradley in 2013.
I think most fans would have taken a 4-4 record after eight weeks of play if you had asked them that question in the summer. They've got some work to do to contend, but there's no arguing that this is a much better football team than last season. For the first time in a long time, we have progress.
The next three games will determine the fate of this team. At San Diego, Green Bay at home and at Indianapolis is a tough little stretch. We'll find out what this team is made of pretty quickly, starting at 3:25 on November 6th in San Diego.