Titans Will Remember Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) secured their second consecutive win Sunday against the rival Tennessee Titans (0-4) 37-17 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. In front of nearly 50,000 fans, the Jaguars owned every aspect of the ball game. I’m sure many Jaguar fans will go to work Monday with sore throats from yelling “move those chains” 27 times. Behind the leadership of David Garrard, Jacksonville accumulated 442 yards of total offense.
At times, I wondered if the Titans even wanted to be on the playing field. If the game was a college course, the Titans would have only received credit for participation. The game was essentially over at halftime when the scoreboard read 27-3.
Now that keeping the Titans winless has been achieved, the Jaguars will travel to Seattle for a 4:15 p.m. kickoff at Qwest Field next Sunday. Three straight wins is not out of the question for the Jaguars.
Now, on to the Awards…
Best Play of the Game: I’d say pick any one, but the one that really stood out to me was Mike Sims-Walker’s touchdown catch to put the Jaguars up 27-3 right before halftime. The play was reviewed, but later signaled as a touchdown. Head referee Alberto Riveron said Sims-Walker had three feet down in the end zone. It was a slip of the tongue, I know, but funny nonetheless. This will be remembered as Mike Sims-Walker’s coming-out party. He’ll be the talk of the town.
Best Director (goes to Jaguar coach or coordinator): Jack Del Rio, Head Coach – This ball club was dominant in a key AFC South game. Del Rio had his team prepared to play. For one, the offensive line protected David Garrard better than ever, especially with both rookie tackles out. Secondly, the Jaguars’ secondary kept the Titans’ receivers contained. Jacksonville’s defense allowed 95 rushing yards and forced three turnovers. All are ingredients to winning football games. And, Jacksonville won big!
Best Jaguar in a Leading Role: David Garrard, starting quarterback – Garrard’s fourth career 300-yard passing game was a day to remember. His only flaw was a fumble in the fourth quarter. Garrard’s stat line – 27/37, 323 passing yards, three touchdowns, 126.3 passer rating – is jaw-dropping. He truly was a field general out there. I’ll reiterate that the Jaguars’ offensive line held up extremely well, and that unit should be given massive credit. After the game, Mike Sims-Walker said Garrard “was unbelievable.” Well said, Mike.
Best Jaguar in a Supporting Role: Mike Sims-Walker, starting wide receiver – Wow! He is emerging. Sims-Walker is a reliable pass-catcher now. His seven receptions for 91 yards and two touchdowns really do not say it all. Sims-Walker was much more valuable. Plus, he answered every interview request after the game. Of course, that’s what happens when a team wins. Winning truly changes everything.
Worst Jaguar: I could be nitpicky and give this Award to someone, but nobody deserves it. The player that comes to mind is right offensive tackle Maurice Williams who had back-to-back penalties. However, that drive ended with Mike Sims-Walker catching a 15-yard touchdown pass. So, for this week, this Award will bear no one’s name.
Best Titan in a Leading Role: Chris Johnson, starting running back – He is in a league of his own. Without Johnson, the Titans would not have been remembered. His 94 yards of offense were better than anything else his team did. The only reason quarterback Kerry Collins didn’t win this one is because his passing yards came when the game was well out of reach. I thought Collins was going to get yanked for Vince Young.
Best Titan in a Supporting Role: Kenny Britt, rookie wide receiver – If you look at the numbers, Britt had a solid performance. It was one of a few for the Titans. His seven catches for 105 yards are both career-highs for the rookie out of Rutgers. Britt’s 42-yard reception was the huge play that was followed by a Nate Washington touchdown. But, most of the Titans’ passing yards in the fourth quarter were garbage yards. Jacksonville was casually playing a prevent defense.
Best Sound Editing: “You are clicking on all cylinders – special teams, defense and offense. We played a pretty good game all the way around. You can’t ask for too much more.” – Wide receiver Mike Thomas on the Jaguars’ 37-17 win.
Best Animated Short (goes to the player with the most passion on the field): Gerald Alexander, starting safety – Filling in for the injured Sean Considine, Alexander made his presence known on Sunday. He returned an interception 22 yards just before halftime that allowed Josh Scobee an attempt from 55 yards. Alexander also contributed five solo tackles and one pass deflection. You honestly wouldn’t have known Considine was out by the way Alexander played.
Tweet of the Week (Twitter post): “Thanks to everyone who voted for me for fedex ground game. This is for the team and the city bc w/out my family this would not have happened.” –Maurice Jones-Drew on his being awarded FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for Week 3. He had 119 rushing yards and three touchdowns against the Houston Texans last week.
Eight Jaguar inactives:
Offensive tackle Eben Britton (knee)
Safety Sean Considine (groin)
Offensive tackle Eugene Monroe (illness)
Cornerback William Middleton
Defensive tackle Greg Peterson (knee)
Linebacker Adam Seward (groin)
Wide receiver Tiquan Underwood
Cornerback Brian Witherspoon
Other Jaguar notes:
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew touched the ball nine times for 40 total yards (26 through the air). In the first quarter, he had a 9-yard touchdown run.
Jones-Drew had another TD run, but it was called back because of offensive pass interference on wide receiver Torry Holt.
Holt moved into 10th place on the NFL’s all-time receptions list with 884. He passed former Jaguar Keenan McCardell.
Fullback Greg Jones ran the ball for the first time this season on Sunday. He bolted for 11 yards. For the day, he had three carries for 20 yards.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis finished the game with four catches, 76 yards and one touchdown. His 33-yard touchdown catch-and-run was the final score for the Jaguars.
Adam Podlesh only punted the ball three times.
Rookie Mike Thomas is the starting kick and punt returner. He returned a total of five kicks. Thomas’ best and most explosive run was a kickoff return for 42 yards.
Additionally, Thomas had five receptions for 31 yards. He is looking more and more like the weapon Jacksonville has yearned for over the years. Thomas’ end-around runs can be deadly.
Kicker Josh Scobee was 3 out of 4 on field goals. He nailed kicks of 22, 50 and 33 yards. However, he barely missed wide left on a 55-yarder with one second left before halftime.
Scobee became the second Jaguar to record at least 500 career points. After his 33-yard field goal in the third quarter, he joined former kicker Mike Hollis in the 500-club. Scobee currently sits at 501.
Scobee’s first three kickoffs were boomed into the end zone for touchbacks.
Rookie Derek Cox recorded seven solo tackles. He also picked off a Collins’ pass at the Jaguars’ 11-yard-line. Cox deflected two other passes.
Jacksonville’s scoring drives ranged in time from 26 seconds to 4:55.
49, 014 tickets were distributed for the game.