NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This was rough from the start, and it was phenomenally rough on offense.
That made it similar to the Jaguars' last five games, and this one had the added roughness of being the franchise's first shutout loss in more than 12 years.
Tennessee Titans 20, Jaguars 0.
That was the final Sunday at Nissan Stadium, the Jaguars' fifth consecutive loss since a 9-6 victory over the Buffalo Bills in early November. The statistics are difficult to digest. The Jaguars haven't led since the Bills game, and they have trailed by double digits in the first half in all five games.
There's little more to mention in this O-Zone Late Night introduction. The defense played well for the most part and played with heart. With the offense producing under 200 yards for a second consecutive week – with the Jaguars rushing for a franchise-low eight yards and with quarterback Trevor Lawrence throwing a career-high four interceptions – that heart wasn't close to enough.
Let's get to it …
Bill from Hammock, FL
Hey, Zone is our offensive line still "not as bad as everyone thinks?"
The line has had some good days, some rough days and a lot of OK days this season. Guard Andrew Norwell had three holding penalties and the Jaguars rushed for eight yards on eight carries Sunday. They passed midfield twice. Lawrence also was under pressure way too much and sacked three times. That was one of the rougher days of the season.
JohnnyD from Cedar Rapids, IA
Here we go: first drive of the game and a personal foul, this team has no discipline. Now down seven cause of it!
This was the much-ballyhooed, often-accurate, always-a-whole-lot-of-fun First Email of the Game. And it indeed came shortly after a personal foul against Jaguars safety Andrew Wingard hitting Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill turned a 17-yard third-down scramble into a 32-yard gain to the Jaguars 16. That set up the Titans' first touchdown. The Jaguars followed that with an offsides penalty on the ensuing Titans drive giving Tennessee a first down. The penalty on Wingard was close, I suppose, but it indeed is the sort of thing that has happened too often to this defense. And the early deficits … well, they just happen over and over and over. The defense played a lot better after that early drive Sunday. That should be noted.
Robert from Reno, NV
I would have benched 16 after the second interception, just liked we did to James Robinson for fumbling. I'm wondering if we should sit him for the year. What do you think?
I wouldn't have benched Lawrence after the second interception. Or the third. Or the fourth. And I wouldn't bench him. No. No, no, no.
The Third from Starkvegas
Racking up eight yards in eight carries is a strange way to demonstrate that "run remains the emphasis"
There were reasons for the eight carries Sunday. A huge reason was the Jaguars got behind early and also were constantly behind the chains in down-and-distance situations. Another reason is they were ineffective running. And they didn't have the ball a lot in the first half. But could they have run better with more emphasis? Sure.
Bryan from Reston, VA
???? I had to run downstairs and tuned in just a few minutes late and already 7-0?? I mean, it's like clockwork every single week we're down by a touchdown after the other team's first possession. I'm sure we go pass happy from here, play catch-up, keep our defense on the field to long and lose by 10-20 points. It's hard to fathom really.
This came shortly after the First Email – and it sort of summed up a lot about the game and the Jaguars' performances in recent weeks. They have trailed by at least 10 points in the first half of the last five games. They're not a comeback team. They don't have the explosiveness on offense to be a comeback team. Then again, they're not good enough in a lot of areas.
Chris from Northside
Do you think Logan Cooke is such a good punter because he gets so much live game practice?
Clever, but no … I think Jaguars punter Logan Cooke is so good because he's really good – though he does get more in-game practice than is ideal.
Scott from Daytona Beach
It's pretty bad when your punter's your MVP two years in a row. I cannot watch anymore.
Chad from Chad, Africa
Not sure deferring the opening kick is the best call when we continually spot the opponents 10 to 17 points…
This topic arises when the Jaguars fall behind a lot early, which means it has arisen a lot this season – and last season. The reality is when the offense and defense are both struggling, the deferring issue is more of a non-issue. You have to either score or stop the other team from scoring. There's not much evidence in recent weeks to suggest the Jaguars will do either early in the game.
Jim from Jax
I can't stand watching this team.
The Jaguars are a tough watch right now. I can't imagine anyone feeling different.
Gary from St. Augustine, FL
Wow. John, is this rock bottom?
Let's hope so.
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