The Jacksonville Jaguars extended their losing streak to 20 games after today’s defeat by the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field.
The Titans jumped out to an early lead, as Jaguars’ QB Trevor Lawrence’s first completion of the game to TE Dan Arnold was fumbled and recovered by the Titans’ S Kevin Byard who scored a touchdown. The Jaguars followed on the next series with a 58 yard play by RB James Robinson which had the fans cheering. Robinson later pushed his way into the end zone for a one yard touchdown run. But former UCF Kicker, Matthew Wright, who was just called up to once again replace Josh Lambo, missed the extra point, leaving the Jaguars down 7-6. Lambo has struggled with an apparent lack of confidence, this season, leaving his future with the Jaguars in doubt.
The Titans’ RB Derrick Henry began the second quarter with a one yard touchdown run, extending their lead to 14-6. The Jaguars’ next scoring drive culminated in Lawrence’s one yard touchdown pass to TE Jacob Hollister. K Matthew Wright redeemed himself with the extra point, bringing the score to 14-13. But the Titans followed up with a scoring drive that ended with a 14 yard QB Ryan Tannehill touchdown pass to TE MyCole Pruitt. The Jaguars’ K Matthew Wright attempted a 52 yard field goal, but the ball hit the crossbar and bounced forward. The Titans’ K Randy Bullock had better luck with his 34 yard field goal, putting the Titans up 24-13 heading into the half.
In the second half, fans were energized as Jaguars’ OLB K’Lavon Chaisson hit Titans’ QB Ryan Tannehill, resulting in what fans thought was a turnover. But the ruling on the field was that it was an incomplete pass. Coach Urban Meyer challenged the ruling, but upon further review, the call stood. That scoring drive ended with a nine yard Derrick Henry touchdown run, putting the Titans up 31-13, which was the score heading into the fourth quarter.
Trevor Lawrence thrilled the fans with a four yard touchdown run, bringing the score to 31-19, but Lawrence’s two point conversion pass attempt to WR Jamal Agnew was incomplete. Fans cheered as WR Laviska Shenault Jr. showed off some fancy footwork after a pass from Lawrence, resulting in a 58 yard gain. That series ended with another apparent Lawrence touchdown run, but upon review, officials ruled he was down just short of the goal line. RB Carlos Hyde was unable to reach the end zone on the next play, ending the drive. The Titans added another touchdown with a ten yard run by Derrick Henry, but Randy Bullock’s extra point attempt went wide right, leaving the score at 37-19 for the remainder of the game
Questions still remain about the players’ respect for Coach Urban Meyer after a pair of embarrassing videos shot at a bar surfaced following the Jaguars’ loss to the Bengals. Meyer skipped the team’s flight back to Jacksonville, claiming he wanted to stay in Ohio to spend time with his grandkids. But he was seen with a young woman who was not his wife and has had to answer many questions about that situation. Jaguars Owner Shad Khan has voiced his continued support for Meyer, though many analysts believe that Meyer’s time with the team could be limited.
Trevor Lawrence finished with 273 yards and one touchdown. James Robinson was the leading rusher with 149 yards, while Dan Arnold led the receivers with 64 yards. Today’s attendance was 58,282.
The Jaguars head “across the pond” to London to take on in-state rival, the Miami Dolphins. Kickoff will be Sunday, 10/17 at 9:30 a.m. EST at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.