NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The story remains the same.
Another Jaguars opponent took an early lead, and that lead yet again proved insurmountable – with the result all-too familiar.
With rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the offense again struggling mightily, and the defense again starting slow, the mistake-prone Jaguars lost a fifth consecutive game. This time, the AFC-South leading Tennessee Titans pulled away for a 20-0 victory in front of 67,808 at Nissan Stadium Sunday afternoon.
"I don't think we played a full game at all – obviously, you could tell that," Lawrence said.
Head Coach Urban Meyer called the performance "awful."
"I appreciated the fact that we had some guys play their tails off … I mean, really play their tails off," Meyer said. "But the game of football will always be about complementary football and that's offense, defense and special teams working together. When that happens, you win games. We're not doing that right now."
The Jaguars produced just 192 yards offense and rushed for a franchise-low eight yards on eight carries, with Lawrence throwing a career-high four interceptions.
The five-game losing streak is the second such streak this season for the Jaguars (2-11), who started 0-5 before winning two of three games around a late-October bye.
The Jaguars had not been shut out since losing 41-0 to the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle on October 11, 2009. The Titans (9-4) ended a two-game losing streak.
"Losing sucks," Meyer said. "That's all I can tell you. It eats away at your soul. You have to regroup."
Titans running back D'Onta Foreman capped a long first-quarter drive with a short touchdown run and Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill punctuated a long third-quarter drive with another short touchdown run. The Titans controlled the clock and momentum between those drives – and throughout the game – and the Jaguars' offense managed just 84 yards in the first half.
The Titans led at that point, 10-0, marking the fifth time in the last five games the Jaguars have trailed by double digits in the first half.
The Jaguars have not led since a 9-6 victory over the Buffalo Bills on November 7.
The Titans controlled Sunday from the start and finished with major advantages in first downs (22-9), total yards (263-192), time of possession (36:57-23:03) and takeaway-giveaway (4-0).
Lawrence, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, completed 24 of 40 passes for 221 yards and no touchdowns with four interceptions. It was a career-high interceptions total for Lawrence, who threw three interceptions in a Week 1 loss to the Houston Texans.
All of Lawrence's interceptions came in the second half – two in the third quarter and two in the fourth quarter – with the Jaguars down double-digits at the time.
Running back James Robinson rushed six times for four yards.
"Obviously, we have to run the ball better," Lawrence said. "That starts in this league. If you can't run the ball, it's tough. We've done it earlier in the year. Whatever that piece is to get that back going, we have to find it. We're going to go back to work and figure it out."
"That's something you have to be able to do and we didn't do it today."
Tannehill completed 20 of 31 passes for 19 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions.
The Jaguars registered four sacks Sunday – one by linebacker Damien Wilson, one by defensive lineman Dawuane Smoot, one by defensive lineman Jihad Ward and one by defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris. They had no takeaways, the ninth time in 13 games they have not forced a turnover.
The Jaguars entered the game 31st in takeaway-giveaway, and are now minus-19 for the season in the category.
"We've got to make some arrangement to make this stuff work," Jaguars cornerback Shaquill Griffin said. "We're going to figure it out."
Step by step:
- The Titans moved easily and quickly for a 7-0 lead, with Foreman's five-yard run capping a 10-play, 74-yard drive on the game's first possession; Tannehill scrambled 17 yards on 3rd-and-7 from the Jaguars 48, with safety Andrew Wingard's 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty adding to the play and Foreman's touchdown coming three plays later.
- The Titans controlled the first half and extended their lead to 10-0 with a 44-yard field goal by kicker Randy Bullock with 3:10 remaining in the second quarter; the Titans marched 62 yards on 15 plays on the drive and had run 32 plays to 12 for the Jaguars at that point. The Titans outgained the Jaguars, 162-84, in the first half and had a 15-4 first-down advantage.
- The Titans' methodical control continued in the third quarter, with the Jaguars' offense still unable to manage an extended drive and the Titans producing one that gave them a three-score lead. Tannehill's five-yard run with 2:51 remaining in the third quarter capped an 11-play, 69-yard drive and gave Tennessee a 17-0 lead. Linebacker Rashaan Evans intercepted a Lawrence pass that bounced off wide receiver Laviska Shenault's hands early in the quarter and linebacker Jayon Brown intercepted a short pass over the middle late in the quarter.
- Bullock's 29-yard field goal with 2:20 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Titans a 20-0 lead.
- Notable: Center Brandon Linder missed Sunday's game with a back injury after being ruled out Friday. The Jaguars' other inactives Sunday were cornerback Tre Herndon, tight end Jacob Hollister, defensive end/linebacker Jordan Smith and defensive tackle Jay Tufele.
- Injury report: Jaguars running back Carlos Hyde was evaluated for a concussion in the fourth quarter.
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