1. The offense needed a change.
2. Henne does have a chance to be the guy. When Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey said last week Henne had a chance to win the job on a somewhat permanent basis if he played well the last six games, eyebrows were raised. Well, two games do not win a guy a permanent job, but if Henne performs like this, it’s unfair not to give him a chance.
3. Cecil Shorts has a chance to be better than good. Three games, three receptions over 50 yards. He’s averaging 20.8 yards per reception this season. It’s probably time to stop being surprised when he makes a play.
6. The pass protection can’t do that. The Jaguars entered the game having allowed 27 sacks, or 2.7 per game. That’s not great, but it’s not terrible. On Sunday, the Titans brought a lot of extra pressure and did so effectively. The Jaguars allowed seven sacks, including three on their second drive of the game. Chad Henne held up well and the offense still produced, but if the Jaguars allow seven sacks anymore, that may not be true much longer.
7. The pass rush is still struggling. The Jaguars registered two sacks last week and one this week. For the season, they have 13. Part of the reason is they have trailed a lot, and it’s very tough to rush the quarterback when you’re behind, but 13 through 11 games... well, it’s not a good average.
9. The Jaguars can still run. The Jaguars hadn’t rushed for more than 100 yards since a Week 3 victory over the Colts. On Sunday, they ran for exactly 100 . . . and won. There’s nothing magical in that number, but the Jaguars – like any team – have to run effectively to be productive on offense. The Jaguars ran well enough on Sunday to keep third downs reasonable. That helped the team convert 7 of 14 third downs, and helped the offense as a whole.
10. Dwight Lowery helps. The free safety missed five games with an ankle injury. The pass defense still struggled at times Sunday, but his interception secured the game late. Titans quarterback Jake Locker completed 23 of 40 passes for 261 yards, but a turnover or two can negate a lot of good in the passing game. Lowery’s interception Sunday had that effect.
12. Winning feels good. Duh, but the Jaguars had gone a long, long time without a victory. And on Sunday, they got to enjoy it. They also have some momentum now for the first time in a long time, and while it didn’t come early enough to save the season, they still have a chance to change some conversations. That’s the task now.