The Jacksonville Jaguars had a chance to swept the season series with a victory over the Tennessee Titans. It wasn’t meant to be as the Jags spoiled a seven point lead at the half and lost at Everbank Field. The loss put the Jags at 4-11, while the Titans improved to 6-9.
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Here are some notes from today’s loss:
Chad Henne put up one of his typical performances. A lot of his passes looked crisp and accurate. He also has GOT to start learning to get rid of the ball quicker. After this many years in the NFL, he should have an internal clock. Henne did manage to play a mostly turnover free game ( interception at end of game is to be expected). I still believe at this point Henne has earned consideration to be brought back next year…Just not as a starter.
Maurice Jones-Drew looked much stronger than I expected considering his injury status all week. He caught a lot of balls thrown his way also and I hope they do more of that in the future. The Jags running game was universally uneven today.
As I stated in my halftime report, Nate Washington just seems to up his game against the Jags. He finished the game with 6 catches for 117 yds and 1 TD.
The Jaguars played inspired football in the first half, highlighted by a screen pass thrown to retiring center Brad Meester, who has been with the Jags for 14 years. It was his first (and probably only) NFL catch and it ignited the Jags and the home stadium. The Jags came out very flat in the second half which contributed to their losing the lead and eventually the game. A valiant effort at the end of the game came up short.
The Jacksonville defensive managed 3 sacks today, yet they never seemed to put Ryan Fitzpatrick off of his game. I still like a future with Babin & Branch putting pressure on opposing QB’s.
I do not believe Gus Bradley going for a 4th down late in the fourth quarter deep in Titan territory was a mistake. A field goal would have still left them down one and there was no guarantee you’d get the ball back. At 4-10 on your home field, I want to see a gamble or two.