Titans Fall to 5-7 as Jacksonville Runs Past Them in 17-6 Win

On a day when the Titans could have forged their way back into the race in the AFC South, they instead were no match for the Jaguars, falling at LP Field 17-6.

Again the offense was ineffective, as they now have scored just two field goals in their last two games with Rusty Smith and now Kerry Collins at QB.

Sunday though it was their D that also let them down, as Jags RB Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 186 yards on 31 carries, while David Garrard and Rashad Jennings added scores on the ground.

Garrard finished 14-of-19 for 126 yards for the Jaguars (7-5), who rose atop the AFC South standings. Jennings ended with 44 yards on 10 carries.

Collins threw for 169 yards but was intercepted twice and completed only 14-of-32 passes for the Titans who suffered their fifth straight defeat and fall to 5-7 on the season, and will almost for sure need to win out and get help if they want to make it to the postseason.

Chris Johnson was held to 53 yards on 13 carries, and the two Titans scores came on two Rob Bironas second-half field goals. On the Titans’ first drive of the second half, Collins hit Bo Scaife square in the chest near the goal line on 3rd-and-10 from the Jaguars 19, but the tight end let it bounce off his body. Bironas had to make a 37-yarder and Tennessee was finally on the board with 5:58 left in the period.

Josh Scobee had a 49-yarder blocked on the Jags’ next series, but on the change of possession the Titans only countered with a Bironas 30-yard make early in the fourth.

The Jaguars almost assumed a 20-6 edge with 7:47 remaining, but Scobee’s 48- yard try hit the right post and bounced back into play. Tennessee then faced a 4th-and-3 from its own 45 and didn’t convert.

Though Jennings was stuffed on a 4th-and-2 deep in Tennessee territory on Jacksonville’s next series, Collins was picked off by William Middleton at the visitors’ 34 with 2:47 to play.

Jones-Drew broke off a 37 yard run on 2nd-and-9 to the Titans’ 28, then Garrard took a knee three times to run off the remaining seconds.

Jennings’ 11-yard run to paydirt gave the Jags a 7-0 advantage for the lone score of the first quarter, then Garrard called his own number on a four-yard score with 5:38 left in the second quarter. Scobee then connected on a 26-yarder on the final play of the half for a 17-0 Jacksonville lead.

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