A tough division matchup was scheduled for Thursday Night Football, as the Tennessee Titans traveled to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. Behind a tough defense and the consistency of new starting quarterback Gardner Minshew, the Jaguars prevailed 20-7.
Even though Leonard Fournette led the game in rushing yards, the impact of his yards was misleading. At the midway point in the fourth quarter, Fournette was sitting at negative eight yards rushing on 11 carries, until he exploded for a 69-yard rush. His total rushing yards for the night ended at 66 with 15 carries. He also added six receptions for 26 yards.
The Jaguars defense was swarming the Titans offense the whole night. Even though he passed for 304 yards, Marcus Mariota was ineffective this game, completing only 23 of his 40 pass attempts, with no touchdown passes to add. Tonight marks the 23rd game in Mariota’s 59 regular season appearances that he has failed to throw a touchdown pass. He’s arguably the worst quarterback in a division that features two backup quarterbacks as starters.
The only hope for the Titans came in the form of Derrick Henry, who scored the only touchdown for the team. Henry rushed for 44 yards on 17 carries, unable to break away to produce the number of yards he normally does. The Jaguars defense harassed Henry all game, forcing him into multiple tacklers every play.
The Jaguars were led by Minshew, who registered his first career win as a starting quarterback. Minshew passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns, completing 20 of his 30 pass attempts. He spread the ball around, with six different receivers catching passes from Minshew. He continues to add to his dual threat capabilities, rushing for 18 yards, with a four-and-a-half-yard average.
The 1-2 Titans will try to end their losing streak when they travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons next Sunday. With a 1-2 record, the Jaguars will attempt to remain relevant in the AFC South race, traveling to Denver to play the Broncos next week.