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Game report: Titans 37, Jaguars 19

10.10 Game Report

JACKSONVILLE – The effort was there. Some opportunities were, too.

Neither was quite enough.

Running back James Robinson rushed for a career-high 143 yards and a touchdown, but the Jaguars' defense struggled for much of the first three quarters – and their AFC South rival, the Tennessee Titans, pulled away for a 37-19 victory in front of 58,282 at TIAA Bank Field Sunday.

"I see a group of warriors; I see a group of players that I love to death," Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer said. "I see a group of players that are spilling it on the field, and we're not getting it. We're not closing it out."

The Jaguars (0-5) have lost a franchise-record 20 consecutive games dating to a Week 2 loss at Tennessee last season. The Titans are 3-2 and in first place in the AFC South, with the Jaguars missing a chance to pull to within one game of the division lead Sunday.

"You can't wrap your head around that," Robinson said. "We've got to find a way to win. We're a really good team. Obviously, our record doesn't show it, but we've got a lot of great guys in the locker room, and we've just got to find something that's going to work for us."

Titans running back Derrick Henry rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries, his fourth 130-plus-yard rushing game against the Jaguars in the teams' last six meetings.

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The Jaguars, after trailing 31-13 in the third quarter, mounted a mini-rally as the defense stiffened and the offense made some big plays – but Jaguars running back Carlos Hyde was stopped for a four-yard loss on 4th-and-goal from the 1 with 10:28 remaining.

That kept the Titans' lead at 31-19, and Tennessee held the Jaguars on downs one possession later to all-but secure its fourth consecutive victory in the series.

The Jaguars (0-5) have lost a franchise-record 20 consecutive games dating to a Week 2 loss at Tennessee last season. The Titans are 3-2 and in first place in the AFC South, with the Jaguars missing a chance to pull to within one game of the division lead Sunday.

"We're just really hurting ourselves," Robinson said "When we play good, I don't think anyone can beat us really. Obviously, the first half shows that, but when we come out and we're missing little details, those are the things that hurt us. That's how the teams go up on us."

Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence – the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft -- completed 23 of 33 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown. His lone interception came on the final play of the game.

"The final score looks bad, but we were right in that game and [we've] just got to capitalize and we didn't," Lawrence said. "So that's something where we've got to learn how to win, got to learn how to pull those games out."

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 14 of 22 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown and also was not intercepted. The Jaguars did not force a turnover for a fourth time in five games.

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Kicker Matthew Wright missed two kicks for the Jaguars – missing an extra point in the first quarter and a 53-yard field goal try late in the second quarter – with both hitting the goalpost.

The Jaguars registered three sacks, with defensive end/linebacker Josh Allen and defensive lineman Dawuane Smoot sharing a sack for no yards late in the first half – and Smoot registering one in the second half. Linebacker/defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson also had sack, and the Jaguars now have eight sacks for the season and one takeaway. They entered the game last in the NFL with a minus-eight turnover margin and are now minus-nine in the category.

"It's tough," Jaguars cornerback Shaquill Griffin said. "It's a feeling no one wants. That's the part [where we have to] continue to express, continue to talk about, get everybody to believe that we can win these games. Man, it's a tough one."

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Step by step:

  • The game couldn't have started worse for the Jaguars, with Titans safety Kevin Byard returning a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead with 14:00 remaining in the first quarter; tight end Dan Arnold fumbled after a short reception on 3rd-and-10 from the Jaguars 25 on the game's third play. The Jaguars immediately cut into the lead with a 75-yard, five-play drive – all runs – that ended with a one-yard run by Robinson; the second-year veteran set up the touchdown with a 58-yard run to the Titans 12. Wright missed the extra point off the right upright.
  • The Titans pushed the lead to 14-6 when Henry scored on a one-yard run on the first play of the second quarter; a 22-yard pass from Tannehill to wide receiver A.J. Brown gave the Titans first-and-goal at the 1. The Jaguars cut the lead to one when Lawrence capped a 70-yard, nine-play drive with a one-yard pass to tight end Jacob Hollister on 4th-and-goal; that made it 14-13, Titans, with 9:55 remaining in the second quarter. The Titans regained their eight-point lead on the ensuing series when Tannehill passed 14 yards to tight end MyCole Pruitt, who was wide open, to cap an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive with 5:49 remaining in the half. Wright missed off the crossbar from 53 yards with 2:22 remaining in the half, with Titans kicker Randy Bullock converting from 34 yards with :33 remaining in the half to push the lead to 24-13.
  • The Titans extended their lead to 31-13 with a strong drive early in the third quarter capped by a nine-yard touchdown by Henry; the 11-play, 75-yard drive opened the half and featured 49 rushing yards – 42 by Henry.
  • Lawrence's four-yard quarterback draw cut the Titans lead to 31-19, with Lawrence throwing incomplete on a two-point conversion attempt with 13:50 remaining. The Jaguars came close to making it a one-score game on the ensuing series, driving to the Titans 1 largely because of a 58-yard, catch-and-run reception by wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. Lawrence appeared to score on a four-yard run to cut the Titans lead to 31-25, but officials ruled him down at the 1. The Titans stopped Hyde for a four-yard loss to end the series on the next play. Henry's 10-yard run with 1:54 pushed the lead back to 37-19 before Bullock missed the point after.

Notable:

  • Kicker Josh Lambo missed a second consecutive game Sunday, being one of five Jaguars players deactivated 90 minutes before kickoff;
  • Wright was elevated from the practice squad Saturday and kicked extra points and field goals for the Jaguars Sunday.
  • Other Jaguars inactives Sunday: rookie cornerback Tyson Campbell (toe), defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris (ankle), defensive end/linebacker Lerentee McCray (hamstring) and defensive end/linebacker Jordan Smith.

Injury report:

  • Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack sustained a back injury in the third quarter and did not return.
  • Jaguars linebacker Dakota Allen sustained a shoulder injury and did not return.
  • Jaguars center Brandon Linder sustained a knee injury and did not return.

The Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Tennessee Titans for the Week 5 matchup at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

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