Jacksonville at Tennessee: 3 Things We Learned
Did the Tennessee Titans win or did the Jacksonville Jaguars loses? Regardless of the answer, there was a blocked kick at the end of regulation by Jaguars’ kicker Josh Scobee that helped the Titans secure their second win of the season and by doing so, kept Jacksonville winless at 0-6.
Sammie Hill blocked a field goal attempt in the final seconds, and the Tennessee Titans held off the winless Jaguars 16-14 Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.
"Huge," Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey said. "We've been fighting for a win for so long and to come out with a win like this, it's kind of a bummer. But at the end of the day, a win is a win, and we fought to the end."
Jackie Battle ran for a touchdown, and Ryan Succop also kicked three field goals as the Titans (2-4) bounced back after blowing the biggest lead ever by a home team in the regular season with their loss last week to Cleveland.
"It was a relief," Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst said. "I think we kind of controlled the game most of the game, and we weren't able to sustain a drive in the second half to put it away. It would've been a little easier on everybody's hearts. It's a win, and we're very happy about it."
This was a game that was closely contested all four quarters, but in the end, the last 12 seconds of the contest made all the difference.
Here are three things we learned from Sunday’s game.
REPLACEMENT PLAYERS CAME THROUGH
Injured quarterback Jake Locker was replaced by Charlie Whitehurst, who threw for 233 yards on the day.
Locker had plenty of company on the sideline as the Titans, who placed veteran starters, safety Bernard Pollard (Achilles tendon) and left tackle Michael Roos (right knee) on injured reserve this week, started three rookies.
Taylor Lewan, the No. 11 pick overall, replaced Roos. Second-round draft pick Bishop Sankey started at running back with Shonn Greene (hamstring) out.
Avery Williamson started his second straight game at inside linebacker. And the rookie returned a fumble 41 yards with 4:25 left to help seal the win.
MORE DEFENSIVE PRESSURE
While the Jaguars are winless, it does not mean the team does not have a defensive presence. The team went out and signed free agents to improve the pass rush. That has been a given this season and he front four for the team has played much better the past two weeks.
The Jaguars came in second in the NFL behind only the Bills and Jets with 16 sacks. They added three more of Whitehurst as they hit him repeatedly during the game.
300 YARDS AND COUNTING
The Jaguars have to be impressed with Blake Bortles performance. Bortles threw for 336 yards, his first 300-plus yard game of his career. It only took three games as a starter. Coincidently, Blaine Gabbert had only one 300-yard game in his career which spanned three seasons.