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Week 17 Game Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars 10, Tennessee Titans 15
What you need to know
The Jaguars offense had a few splash plays from Leonard Fournette
against the Titans but, overall, it was a putrid day from the offense. The quarterback missed throws and made bad decisions, the wideouts dropped the few good passes thrown their way and the offensive line gave up pressure on every critical passing down. The offense was out scored by the Jaguars defense by a score of 7-3, which should be embarrassing.
The Titans passing attack was shut down with nearly half of Marcus Mariota
's 134 passing yards going to Derrick Henry
on a 66-yard screen pass that he took to the house for a touchdown. Derrick Henry
saw a career-high 28 carries, but he averaged fewer than two yards per attempt as he was shut down at or behind the line of scrimmage more often than not. Titans receivers were very well-covered and Mariota was under pressure for the entire game, which actually led to him making some impressive plays with his legs that really helped the Titans pull out the win.
|QB Blake Bortles, 60 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 34 - 158 - 0 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 1 - 9 - 0|
Bortles turned back into a pumpkin just in time for the playoffs. He was objectively terrible in Nashville; his biggest issue being his complete inability to deliver passes under pressure. He played without his left tackle Cam Robinson, but he looked frantic throughout the game. He rarely set his feet and as a result, the majority of his passes sailed. His wild inaccuracy was the direct cause for both of his interceptions, both deep shots down the field where he sailed the pass. He did fine getting the ball out on crossers and slants, but that was truly the extent of positive things that could be said for him. His best throw in the game came on a go route to Dede Westbrook
. Westbrook had a step on the wideout, and Bortles placed it perfectly in front of him in stride. Alas, the should-be touchdown was dropped.
|RB Leonard Fournette, 52 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 69 - 0, Rec: 4 - 67 - 0 (5 targets)|
Fournette had an up and down day on the ground. He is unable to run for positive gains consistently from the shotgun, whether it be due to blocking or his style, but the Jaguars offense kept coming back to it. When he was lined up behind the QB under center, though, he was a force. He moved piles and delivered crushing blows on contact, something he had not done since week 14. His vision before the line of scrimmage can still leave some to be desired, but as a pure runner he is very talented due to his power and pure explosion. He also made a big impact through the air, taking several screen passes for big gains and and one third down check down for a first down. His speed combined with his size and strength makes him dangerous in space, and he looks very comfortable catching the ball.
|RB T.J. Yeldon, 8 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 5 - 0, Rec: 1 - -2 - 0 (2 targets)|
Yeldon was used sparingly as a runner and receiver. He was used as a blocker, and route runner, on a number of third downs though, showing that role has become his at least on a part-time basis.
|WR Keelan Cole, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 33 - 0 (8 targets)|
Cole was sent on vertical route after vertical route on Sunday, but it was all to no avail due to the below-average quarterback play. Cole was second on the team in targets but most of them were simply never near him. He was able to turn his few catchable targets into solid gains thanks to his quickness after the catch. He did hurt the offense himself though, fumbling away a pass before the end of the first half which would lead to a Titans' field goal.
|WR Allen Hurns, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 38 - 0 (5 targets)|
In Hurns' first game in nearly 2 months, he showed why the team missed him. He made a huge catch on a third down in the second half, gaining separation on a comeback and finding space after the catch. He failed to bring in another third down target later in the game, but this was due to an uncalled pass interference. He did not put up big numbers due to the terrible quarterback play, but he looked like his old self in terms of route running and toughness.
Westbrook had a truly terrible game, the first of his young career. He saw 9 targets but ended the game with 1 catch for 9 yards. Some of this was on Bortles and his terrible performance, but Westbrook had several drops that he simply has never had before. Whether it was vs contact on a slant or an uncontested post that he heard footsteps on and didn't extend for, Westbrook failed to bring in balls. The worst came on the aforementioned dropped touchdown. Westbrook had a terrific release off the line and used a veteran-like subtle push off to get separation at the end of the route, but he simply dropped the touchdown. The performance was hopefully an outlier but it was a very rough game.
|QB Marcus Mariota, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 12 - 21 - 134 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 10 - 60 - 0|
Despite struggling against the league's top defense, Marcus Mariota
managed to make just enough plays to keep the chains moving and push the Titans to a win last week. Mariota's biggest highlights were with his legs, as he showed impressive speed throughout the game by making something out of otherwise busted plays. In large part due to the excellent coverage by this Jaguars secondary, Mariota rushed a season-high 10 times for 60 yards. He took a designed run late in the first half for around seven yards but stumbled before the first down marker. If not for his stumble, this would have been at least a 15-yard gain. He had another great run midway through the fourth quarter that helped put the Titans into scoring position. As a passer, however, Mariota predictably struggled. He spent a lot of time in the pocket as his receivers were well-covered, and the Titans offensive line struggled to contend with the Jaguars pass-rush which forced a number of balls to be thrown away while sacking Mariota three times. Nearly half of Mariota's 134 passing yards came on a 66-yard screen pass that Derrick Henry
took to the house for a touchdown. Outside of that play, he really had no noteworthy throws against this extremely tough opponent.
|RB Derrick Henry, 63 offensive snaps, Rush: 28 - 51 - 0, Rec: 1 - 66 - 1 (2 targets)|
was a very patient runner throughout the day, but he was too hesitant most of the time as he came up short in a number of short-yardage situations. He received a career-high 28 carries, but Henry really squandered that workload on the ground as he only managed 1.8 yards per rush attempt for 51 total rushing yards. Henry's biggest play of the game came through the air though, not on the ground. Early in the second quarter, Henry took a screen pass 66 yards for the first touchdown of the game. The play was blocked extremely well as the Titans offensive linemen got downfield quick while Henry showed his acceleration and great reading ability to weave his way into the open field. Henry finished the play by turning on the afterburners and outrunning the Jaguars secondary to the end zone. On the Titans' next series, Henry took the first play up the middle for 13 yardsˇhis longest rush of the day. Later in the game, Henry and Marcus Mariota
had a horrible miscommunication that would result in a bobbled handoff and fumble returned for a touchdown by the Jaguars. After the game, the Titans coaching staff attributed this miscommunication to Derrick Henry
despite Mariota being charged with the fumble. With Demarco Murray sidelined, expect Henry to continue leading the Titans backfield in their playoff game against the Chiefs.
|WR Eric Decker, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0 (6 targets)|
was the most heavily targeted Titans receiver as he finished with six targets, hauling in three of them for 18 yards. Decker was the only receiver that could get open here as he lined up out of the slot for most of the day, avoiding coverage from Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. Decker had some opportunities, but he actually dropped three passes, two of which were mistakes more so by Marcus Mariota
than Decker. Decker's third drop was unquestionably his fault though, as the ball bounced right off his chest.
was targeted only twice in last week's game as the stout Jaguars cornerbacks shut down all of the Titans wide receivers. He did not even see a target until the second half, and his only reception was a seven-yard grab coming early in the fourth quarter.
finished without a single reception on two targets as he was shut down by the Jaguars cornerbacks in this last game of the regular season.
's 19 receiving yards was the most of any non-running back position player for the Titans. The Jaguars absolutely shut down the passing attack as Marcus Mariota
had just 134 passing yards. Walker's longest play of the game came on a short pass late in the third quarter that he ran out of bounds for nine yards. Walker would haul in one more short pass later in the game, but outside of those plays, he really couldn't find much room to work either as the Jaguars did an excellent job in coverage.