The Jacksonville Jaguars got back on track following a frustrating loss to the San Francisco 49ers, beating the Tennessee Titans 34-14 in Week 11. They set the tone early in the game and never really gave the Titans the chance to mount a comeback. Looking back, this was a team win, and John Breech of CBS Sports made sure to take it into account when assigning the Jags a grade.
Breech graded all NFL teams following Sunday's action and gave Jacksonville an A, noting that the offense bounced back and caught fire after mustering a measly three points against the Niners the week prior. He also praised the defense for keeping Derrick Henry under 50 rushing yards and pressuring Will Levis throughout the game.
"After being held to a season-low total of three points last week, theJaguars offense came out on fire against the Titans. On their first six possessions, the Jags had five drives that went at least 57 yards and they scored on all five of those. Calvin Ridley played a huge part in the offensive success with seven catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
As good as the offense was, the Jaguars defense was even better. Derrick Henrywas held under 40 yards and the Jags' pass-rush, which has struggled at times this season, got after Will Levis, sacking him twice."
On the other hand, Breech gave the Titans an F. He argues that it feels like they've already tuned out for the year, and later says that Levis has struggled the past three games. He also highlights Calvin Ridley's amazing performance, who torched the Tennessee secondary.
With a win over the Titans, the Jags managed to hold onto the No. 1 place in the AFC South. Next week, they'll face the 6-4 Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. A loss would put them in second place since the Texans already beat them earlier in the season.
The Jaguars were in full gear vs. the Titans in Week 11
The truth is that there were many things to like from the Jaguars' side of things. Trevor Lawrence, who has been previously limited by a knee injury he suffered in Week 6, was able to move around the pocket freely and take off when necessary. Moreover, the coaching staff was able to call more rollouts and plays that took advantage of his regained mobility. Getting good protections helped as well, and Lawrence praised their offensive line following the win.
"The offensive line did an awesome job, I thought protection was great," Lawrence told the media after the win. "I barely got touched in the pocket. I got some scrambles, extended plays I did. But as far as in the pocket, those guys did an awesome job, protected me all day, gave me time. The guys did a great job getting downfield, creating separation."
"When those things marry up, it's going to be a good day for us because you let those guys get time to get on the field, work their routes. I thought we did a great job taking advantage of some of the looks that we had. Guys upfront, can't speak enough about how they did the job, how well they played because that's a really good front. It's really hard to run the ball against them. We did an awesome job, credit to Press [Taylor] too, sticking with the run and those guys up front kept sticking with it, kept sticking with it," Lawrence said.
As Lawrence noted, the offensive line deserves credit. They gave up seven total pressures and he wasn't sacked a single time. The defense also did their part, giving up just 235 total yards. Granted, they allowed two touchdowns but the first one came in the third quarter, when the game was already out of reach. Linebacker Foyesadue Olukun continued to build his Pro Bowl resume, registering a sack and a fumble recovery.
All things considered, this was one of the best performances the Jaguars have put up this season. If they continue playing like that, they will be hard to beat, and their upcoming gauntlet of games won't be as hard as it originally seemed.