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RECAP: Titans Destroy Jaguars, 37-16

It got ugly.

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

That felt good, didn’t it? The Titans demolished the Jaguars today, winning in Jacksonville for the first time since 2013. The Titans really needed this one to stabilize the ship and they got it.

They move to 1-1 — here’s how it happened.

The first half was one big, ugly sequence of football. The Jaguars were able to establish the ground game, moving the ball well against the Titans front. Jacksonville was able to jump out to a 3-0 lead.

Tennessee came out and tried to establish the run early, but failed. The gaps were clogged for DeMarco Murray, but Marcus Mariota was able to at least get a little something going in the passing game.

The Titans were able to tie the game at 3-3 early on. Blake Bortles and Marcus Mariota traded turnovers, each failing to result in any points.

Mariota was able to put together a two minute effort, despite crippling penalties from Jack Conklin and Taylor Lewan. The Titans got three points before halftime, taking the lead 6-3.

Blake Bortles opened the second half with another tipped ball, resulting in a pick. Once again, the Titans failed to turn that into a touchdown. They added another field goal to extend their lead to 9-3.

Bortles led the Jaguars to a three and out, while Adoree Jackson flipped the field with a great punt return. Mariota and the offense set up shop starting inside Jacksonville territory. Mariota went to work, hitting Delanie Walker to get into the redzone.

It was Derrick Henry finishing off the drive, getting the Titans into the endzone for the first time all day. Henry looked great on the run, getting skinny and throwing stiff arms.

The Titans would pile on from there. Delanie Walker scored on a sweep, then Jonnu Smith on a screen on back to back drives. Bortles was able to lead a couple of garbage time touchdowns to make the score a little more respectable, but this was a total blowout in the second half.

Jalston Fowler finished this one off, giving the Titans a 37-9 lead.

The story late was the usage of Henry over Murray. Henry was MUCH better between the tackles and on the edges. He ran hard and made something out of nothing when he had to. This is something we’ll talk about a lot this week.

Injury notes:

Corey Davis left with a hamstring issue, but returned late.

Adoree Jackson went down in the third quarter, but was able to return.