Nov 10, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) scores a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars Defense Leads the Way, Defeat the Tennessee Titans 29-27

Nov 10, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Will Blackmon (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at LP Field. The Jaguars beat the Titans 29-27. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars avoided the possibility of a winless season by narrowly edging the Titans 29-27 in Nashville. Despite only amassing 214 yards on offense, the Jaguars mustered enough points to win with the help of two defensive scores. In addition to a holding call in the end zone that led to a safety, Will Blackmon had the defensive play of the year when he yanked the ball from Titans’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and returned it for a touchdown.

The Jaguars had by far their best effort of the season and showed the ability to play good enough defense to win. Here are a couple notes from today’s game:

The Good

  • The Wide receivers had a good game all around and made some terrific catches throughout the game. Chad Henne was erratic all day, but when he gave guys like Cecil Shorts and Marcedes Lewis the chance to catch the ball they made the most of it.
  • The defensive line had one of their best games of the season and constantly pressured Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Sen’Derrick Marks caused the safety by blowing up rookie guard chance Warmack in the end zone.

The Bad

  • Chad Henne didn’t have his worst game, but he wasn’t very good. His two interceptions were both his fault and they were pretty terrible passes. Still he did enough to not lose the game, which is something.
  • The offensive line had a poor game run blocking especially in the interior. The Jaguars only managed 1.8 yards a rush despite trying to run out the clock at the end of the game.

The Because Jaguars

  • No unit was bad enough to warrant the “because Jaguars” moniker today.

The Jaguars winning a game this season seemed impossible but they managed to put together a good defensive effort today against a Titans team that was a mess on Sunday. The Jaguars still have problems on offense and quarterback, but it’s good to see head coach Gus Bradley get his first win.

We’ll have a more thorough analysis of the game with Pro Football Focus grades later in the week.

 

- Daniel Lago

Yell at me on Twitter @dlago89

 

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