Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell recorded two sacks in the 9-6 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday from TIAA Bank Field.
There weren’t many brights for the Jacksonville Jaguars in their 9-6 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Despite the inability beat their nemesis in the AFC South, defensive end Calais Campbell continued to play well, recording two sacks to go along with five tackles on the day.
The outcome was a bit surprising to Campbell, who said after the game when interviewed he and his teammates played hard but could not come up with the win at home against their division rival.
"“Time and time again, things did not go our way today. I’m confident this team will respond. Losses suck, they always have, they always will,” Campbell said. “This one stings a little bit because it’s a division game at home. At the end of the day, it’s just one loss, and how we respond is really what it comes down to. I’m very confident this team will respond.”"
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It may be one loss, but the Jaguars and Titans are now tied with Tennessee holding the series tiebreaking should it be needed at the end of the season.
The two sacks on Sunday give the big man three for the season.
His performance on Sunday also ties him with former Jaguars pass rusher Tony Brackens as the only two players in team history to register at least two sacks in five or more career games.
And to think, Campbell has only played in 19 regular season games with the team from North Florida. Some would say that’s dominance from a veteran who before he got here, wasn’t known as a true sack artist.
Campbell did say he thought this would be one of those tough games, like most contests between this rivals are. Even before the former University of Miami star signed a free agent deal last offseason, these two teams have had some hard-fought games in their history.
"“It’s a division game, of course. Everybody knows when it’s a division game, especially against a good opponent, it’s going to be a battle,” he explained. “Obviously, you’d love for it to go your way, but it was going to be a slugfest. I had no doubt in my mind it was going to be a slugfest.”"
Campbell signed a four-year, $60-million deal last offseason with $30 million in guaranteed money. He has been worth every cent of the contract since putting on a Jaguars jersey. His play on the field is noticeable. His presence in the locker room has been a big help to younger players getting their feet wet in the NFL.
Even with the loss, Campbell praised his teammates for the job they did on the field. Playing the Titans provides a tough challenge, one he knows the defense looks forward to each season.