The Tennessee Titans took care of business from start to finish tonight, beating the Jaguars to stay alive in the playoff picture. Jacksonville looked totally uninterested in this one tonight and Derrick Henry made them pay. Here’s how it played out.
Titans open with a touchdown
Just the opposite of last week, the Titans started this week with a bang. A screen pass to Dion Lewis was the big play on the first drive, putting the Titans in position to score on their first possession. A couple of Derrick Henry runs later, they did just that. Henry punched it into the endzone to get what would be a big day for him going.
The Titans’ defense got a stop on the Jaguars first drive, giving Marcus Mariota another shot to add more points. This time though, Mariota missed on a play action pass over the middle. His throw sailed high and rookie safety Ronnie Harrison picked him off.
Special teams disaster
Just when you thought the Titans had everything working, Cameron Batson brought everything back down to earth. He muffed a punt at the five yard line, then fielded it in the endzone. Instead of getting out quickly, Batson hesitated, then got tackled in the endzone. The result was a safety.
Adoree’ Jackson returned punts for the rest of the game.
Titans stuff Fournette
The Jaguars got the ball back after that safety and put together a pretty impressive drive. Cody Kessler kept things short, but he was efficient. Jacksonville dinked and dunked their way down the field, eventually getting to the goal line.
The Jaguars ran four plays inside of the five yard line and never found the endzone. Leonard Fournette was stuffed on three tries, which gave the Titans the football on their own one.
As it turns out, that was the moment that this game changed. Derrick Henry took it 99 yards on the next snap, rumbling through the Jaguars’ secondary to the house. It was truly a pathetic effort from Jacksonville, who didn’t seem all that interested in bringing down the 6-3, 250 pound back.
Ryan Succop would miss the extra point, but he came back to hit a field goal just before halftime to make it a 16-2 game.
The Jaguars just plain quit
Tennessee came out in the second half with Derrick Henry once again and Jacksonville just flat out quit. They were uninterested in finishing this one off. Henry danced into the endzone with ease for his third score of the night, giving the Titans a 23-2 lead.
They followed that up with a Cody Kessler fumble, which the Titans recovered. Can you guess what happened next? Derrick Henry one more time.
Henry ran in his fourth score of the night, eclipsing 200 yards in the process. It was mop up duty from there.
Jacksonville added a touchdown (that probably wasn’t really a touchdown) to Dede Westbrook to make it 30-9. But that’s about all they had left. The Titans drained the clock from there.
17 carries for 238 yards and four touchdowns was the final count for Derrick Henry.
The Titans improve to 7-6 and are still alive for a playoff spot in the AFC. They’ll look to keep their winning streak going next week against the Giants.