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Week 16 Game Recap: Tennessee Titans 17, Jacksonville Jaguars 38
What you need to know
The Titans had a very rough outing against the Jaguars, with the primary news being their loss of Marcus Mariota
to a fractured fibula / ankle. Matt Cassel
did not fair well as his replacement as the Jaguars played well defensively, keeping all receivers under 50 yards with only Rishard Matthews
and Delanie Walker
finding the end zone. Demarco Murray was shut down as the rushing attack was abandoned early in this game, while Derrick Henry
continues to find his way onto the field near the red zone.
For the first time in the 2016 season, the Jaguars offense finally looked like the unit that everybody thought it would look like this season. Bortles had the best game of his season and one of the better ones of his career, as he remained turnover-free and consistently moved the ball when the team needed to. The season died long ago, but this game showed people the offense everybody was hoping they'd get. Allen Hurns
and Julius Thomas
did not play, and T.J. Yeldon
left the game very early.
|QB Matt Cassel, 30 offensive snaps, Pass: 13 - 24 - 124 - 1 TD / 1 INT|
saw his first action of the season as he stepped in for the injured Marcus Mariota
at the end of the third quarter in Sundayís loss to the Jaguars. Cassel inherited a pass-heavy game script as the Titans were trying to claw back into the game, but he did not have much success completing just over 50% of his passes for 124 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Cassel found Delanie Walker
from 14 yards out on a nice throw to the right side of the field on which Walker stepped in front of the defender to snag the ball before backing into the end zone. This would be Casselís only real highlight, as he followed up the touchdown with a tough interception that was returned for a touchdown by Jalen Ramsey. Casselís throw was decent, but Ramsey just made an amazing play on a good jump to cut off the route. Cassel will be a quarterback to avoid for Week 17.
|QB Marcus Mariota, 41 offensive snaps, Pass: 8 - 20 - 99 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 3 - 0|
had to be carted off the field at the end of the third quarter with what we now know was a fractured right fibula / ankle. This injury will end the year for Mariota, as he will have surgery this week and be on a 4-5 month recovery timeline--planning to return in time for next seasonís OTAís. Prior to the injury, Mariota was having a very quiet day completing less than 50% of his passes for 99 yards and one passing touchdown to Rishard Matthews
near the goal line. Mariota will go into the 2017 season as a clear top-12 fantasy quarterback option based on his huge step forward taken this year.
|RB DeMarco Murray, 60 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 42 - 0, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0 (4 targets)|
Demarco Murray fell victim to a very negative game flow for the rushing attack as the Titans were playing catch-up the entire day after falling down 10-0 early in the first quarter. Murray carried the ball only 14 times for 42 yards while adding a couple receptions for 18 with no touchdowns. The Jaguars did a good job at focusing on the run and stacking the box, especially once Cassel came in at quarterback when Mariota was injured. Under normal circumstances, Murray could have expected much more of a workload--but the game flow along with losing snaps to Derrick Henry
in the red zone put a huge damper on his fantasy day.
|RB Derrick Henry, 17 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 13 - 0, Rec: 2 - 22 - 0 (2 targets)|
did nothing of fantasy value in this game, rushing for only 13 yards with a couple receptions for 22 yards. Henry did have a nice 11 yard catch and run for a big first down to keep one of the Titansí drives alive. Henry has now received a very consistent 18, 17, and 17 snaps in the last three weeks, and he continues to be heavily involved in red zone packages and favored for carries near the goal line. However, he will not be a great option next week against the Texansí solid rushing defense.
|WR Harry Douglas, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 48 - 0 (6 targets)|
resurfaced in Week 16 to catch five balls for 48 yards against the Jaguars. Douglass had failed to amass more than two receptions all season until this game. He played his second most snaps all season here due to the Titansí pass-heavy approach required, but he will not be a reliable option going forward as he usually averages less than 20 snaps on the field.
|WR Tajae Sharpe, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 48 - 0 (8 targets)|
saw only 35 snaps in this game--his lowest mark of the season. However, he led the team in receiving with 48 yards, hauling in three of eight targets. Sharpe had a highlight-reel catch on the sideline for a 24-yard gain, but that was his only big play of the game as both he and the other Titans receivers were relatively shutdown.
led the team in targets yet again, however he--like all other Titans receivers--could not do much with them as he only amassed 31 yards on three receptions. Matthews did find the end zone, which somewhat salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective. The touchdown came from three yards out as Matthews did a great job finding some space and rolling with his quarterback as Mariota was trying to find an open option once the initial routes didnít pan out. Matthews (along with the rest of the Titans receiving corps) will not be an attractive option next week against the Texans. Walker then added a couple of short garbage-time receptions for short yardage to round out an overall rough outing made palatable by his touchdown.
finished this week with eight targets, but only hauled in three of them for 23 yards-- his second fewest receiving yards in a game this season. It wasnít until the first drive of the fourth quarter when Walker hauled in his first reception, but it was called back due to an illegal formation penalty. However on that same drive is when Walker found the end zone from 14 yards out by making a great play to step in front of the defender and snag the pass from Matt Cassel
before backing into the end zone.
|QB Blake Bortles, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 38 - 325 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 7 - 0, Rec: 1 - 20 - 1 (1 targets)|
Bortles had, easily, his best game of the 2016 season. The ball came out tighter and more accurate and he looked much better at reading the coverages that the Titans threw at him. He was more accurate on deep passes than he has been all season, and for the first time in 2016 he was able to lead the offense to points in much score situations. He scored two touchdowns; One passing, and one receiving (on a trick play pass from Marqise Lee
.) Bortles nightmare of a season can not be forgotten, but there was at least one good performance from him.
|RB Chris Ivory, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 45 - 1, Rec: 4 - 69 - 0 (6 targets)|
was tremendous as a runner and pass catcher, doing a great job of making explosive plays and gaining extra yards. He scored one touchdown from the goal line and the team made a point of featuring him there. The only downside to his performance was that he could not stop fumbling. He fumbled twice, though one was ruled down, and lost one of them. His ball security was awful all season.
Robinson, like Bortles, had a bounce back game in what has been a nightmare season. He finally looked exactly like the 2015 version of himself. Tough YAC, Great adjustments, and playing with attitude; He did it all. Perhaps the biggest adjustment he made was mental, as he was able to be the go-to target on the Jaguars final offensive drive, making clutch catch after clutch catch, which is something that he struggled with all season long.
|WR Marqise Lee, 61 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 1 - 20 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rec: 3 - 37 - 1 (7 targets)|
Lee scored two touchdowns on the day for the Jaguars. The first one was a leaping adjustment to a back shoulder throw against great coverage. The second one was on a trick play, where he was handed the ball on a reverse and then threw it to a wide-open Bortles for a score. Lee was otherwise fairly quiet, though he did make one great snag on a drag route, extending to catch the ball way below his knees.