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Week 14 Game Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars 9, Tennessee Titans 30
What you need to know
The Jaguars offense looks overmatched with Cody Kessler
at quarterback and backups in at multiple offensive line positions, but at least they only face the low wattage Washington and Miami offenses the next two weeks. The defense seemed to be broken by Derrick Henry
after shutting out Andrew Luck
last week. Kessler is a competitor and does enough to sustain desperation play value from his wide receivers. Keelan Cole
made a tough deep catch to remind us that better days may still be ahead. Leonard Fournette
was ineffective and rendered irrelevant when the Jaguars fell behind.
was the focus of this offense with a record-breaking performance as he amassed over 200 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The win came at a price for the Titans though, as both tight end Jonnu Smith
and right tackle Jack Conklin suffered season-ending injuries. Tajae Sharpe
was also injured and did not return to the game.
|QB Cody Kessler, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 43 - 240 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 17 - 0|
Kessler made some good throws on the move, placed the deep ball well, and wasn't the reason the Jaguars got blown out, but he can't keep them in games like this one. Donte Moncrief
failed to get two deep balls he had a good chance to bring in, but Dede Westbrook
made a top skill toe tap to account for the only touchdown. Kessler showed some running ability but was also overwhelmed by blitzes more than once, and fumbled on one sack. He also missed Tommy Bohanon
for a touchdown at the goal line in a turning point early in the game and wasn't able to keep momentum going in the passing game. In short, he looked like a competent backup quarterback, but nothing more. He'll only be a desperation play in Weeks 15 and 16.
|RB Leonard Fournette, 55 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 36 - 0, Rec: 2 - 5 - 0 (3 targets)|
Fournette was contained on early runs, fell down on his first reception, was stuffed on three goal line carries, and a good portion of his meager production came when the game was out of hand. He's not longer a fantasy RB1 or automatic start.
|RB T.J. Yeldon, 13 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (1 targets)|
Yeldon had a reception on third and long that ended up short of the sticks. Otherwise he was barely heard from in this loss.
|RB Carlos Hyde, 3 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - -3 - 0 (1 targets)|
Hyde was irrelevant with the Jaguars unable to establish the run or build a lead in this game.
Bohanon had a chance to score on third and goal on a play action pass, but Cody Kessler
Westbrook was the star for the Jaguars in Week 14 if you can say there was one. He absorbed a huge hit to make a catch to get the team into the red zone, laid out to make other catches, and executed a perfect and high difficulty toe tap to account for the Jaguars only touchdown. He'll at least cause us to pause in deeper leagues when setting lineups going forward.
Moncrief was getting open on intermediate routes and bringing in the ball. He got the team to the doorstep of the red zone on one first half reception, then committed a questionable blocking in the back penalty to move them back. Twice he had chances to get deep balls from Cody Kessler
, but one was barely out of reach and could have been played with more effort and the second he adjusted to well on an underthrow but couldn't secure. All in all it was another performance that reminded us of Moncrief's considerable gifts but inconsistent ability to turn them into production.
|WR Keelan Cole, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 55 - 0 (7 targets)|
Cole had one of the best plays of the night on a deep ball that he reeled in despite good coverage from Malcolm Butler and revived some hope of future fantasy value during an immensely disappointing season.
O'Shaughnessy couldn't secure a downfield catch early that would have gotten the Jaguars into Titans territory. He added a few harmless short gains, but that was his most significant play of the night.
|TE Blake Bell, 23 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 16 - 0 (2 targets)|
Bell pulled in a few catches, including one that gained a first down off of a Cody Kessler
rollout, but didn't have an appreciable effect on the game.
|QB Marcus Mariota, 60 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 24 - 162 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 13 - 0|
did not do much in this game due to the success of Derrick Henry
on the ground. In his limited attempts though, his accuracy was suspect. He started the game with an early misstep on the second drive, overthrowing Tajae Sharpe
while on the run with the ball easily landing in the hands of a Jaguars defender. He took a deep shot to kick off their first drive after halftime, but the ball was slightly underthrown to Taywan Taylor
while Taylor allowed the ball to bounce off his hands. On that same drive, we did see his running ability on display as Mariota would tuck it and run on a long third-down down to convert for 11 yards and keep the drive alive. On fourth down as the Titans were trying to get Henry his fifth touchdown, they instead tried to find Corey Davis
coming off play action with Mariota's throw on target, but Davis allowed it to sail through his hands.
had one of the best games in NFL history for a running back. He saw his first carry on the first drive after a long reception from Dion Lewis
. He found a nice hole to blast through for 14 yards on that first touch, then just two plays later, Henry would hammer it home from three yards out for yet another touchdown from within the five-yard line. This would be his sixth rushing touchdown from within the five this season. One of the highlights of Henry’s career would come just a couple series later as he took it to the house for a powerful 99-yard touchdown run. Showing shades of Marshawn Lynch
, Henry took advantage of a simple seam and should have been stopped by cornerback A.J. Bouye, but Henry gave him a hard stiff-arm and kept pumping downfield. He then shed a couple more defenders near the sideline, showing great balance to keep himself inbounds as he powered his way all the way into the end zone to stamp his name on the list in a tie for the longest touchdown run in history. Henry continued to run through tacklers in the second half, taking a few snaps out of the wildcat for chunks of yards on their first drive after halftime before running straight through the middle of some inept tackling of the Jaguars defense for his third touchdown of the night from 16 yards out. If it couldn’t get any better, the Titans would force a turnover and on the very next offensive play, Henry took it to the house for a a fourth touchdown as it appeared the Jaguars defenders mailed it in with very poor tackling on the 54-yard touchdown run.
|RB Dion Lewis, 38 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 13 - 0, Rec: 5 - 39 - 0 (5 targets)|
was firmly in the back seat to Derrick Henry
in this one. He made a few nice plays in the first half, including nearly finding the end zone from a nicely blocked screen on the first drive that he managed to take for 21 yards. As a rusher, however, Lewis was ineffective with only a few marginal gains. He tried to punch it in three times from the goal line as Henry wanted Lewis to get an opportunity, but Lewis and the offensive line could not make it happen.
|WR Taywan Taylor, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 59 - 0 (7 targets)|
led the Titans in receiving as on a day where opportunities through the air were limited. He was not heavily involved before halftime, but was peppered with targets to start the second half due in part to the injury to Tajae Sharpe
. He was the target of a slightly underthrown deep ball thrown but was unable to bring in the reception despite it bouncing off his hands. Taylor would get a reception two plays later on a screen that he managed to take 10 yards for the first down. Taylor stayed busy on this same drive as he hauled in another reception for 13-yards against tough coverage from Jalen Ramsey.
|WR Corey Davis, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0, Rec: 2 - 21 - 0 (3 targets)|
With a dominant ground game, Corey Davis
and the passing offense did not have a chance to make many plays this week.
Davis only managed to bring in two receptions, one of which was a wide open look on 3rd-and-5 for 13 yards. Davis drew a long pass interference penalty just before halftime that could have otherwise been a long touchdown as Davis was on track to be wide open. He also had an end zone look in the fourth quarter when the Titans went for it on fourth and goal, but the ball sailed right through his hands. It was a pass that should have been caught.
had a close catch just before halftime called back that would have otherwise netted him 21 yards if not called back for the ball just barely touching the ground. That would be his only opportunity. before leaving the game with an injury.
suffered a season-ending knee injury early in this week’s game.