The Jaguars played host to the Tennessee Titans in week 14, their second time facing the division leaders this season. While the weather outside was delightful, this matchup was oh so frightful, as Derrick Henry dominated on the ground for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns. The not-so-gracious guests left Jacksonville after a crushing 31-10 victory, stomping their way towards the playoffs, while the Jags continued a now 12-game losing streak.
While normally I would try my hardest to examine the positive sides of a loss, but this one was particularly lackluster. The first drive ended with a blocked field goal, starting quarterback Mike Glennon was eventually replaced in the third quarter by Gardner Minshew, and the Jaguars failed to score on 9 drives in this game, leading punter Logan Cooke to an almost 200-yard game.
Minshew led the Jacksonville quarterbacks with 178 yards and 1 touchdown on 18/31 passing. Glennon was 13/23 for 85 yards and 1 interception. James Robinson was fairly quiet today, only posting 67 yards on 12 carries, with 47 of those yards coming on the first offensive play for the Jags in the 4th quarter. That play helped spark a 10-play 74-yard drive that eventually sputtered out at the Tennessee 14. He had an 18-yard touchdown in the 3rd called back for an illegal formation penalty, but the Jags ended up scoring on a short pass from Minshew to Keelan Cole a couple of plays later. Cole led the Jaguars receivers with 7 catches for 67 yards and 1 touchdown.
The offense was certainly miserable today, but the defense was downright atrocious. Derrick Henry ran the ball 28 times today for a whopping 215 yards and two touchdowns, one of which was a 36-yard scoring dash. Ryan Tannehill had 212 yards and 2 touchdowns, with 112 yards and 1 score going to wideout A.J. Brown. Henry is on pace to put up a serious campaign towards a 2,000-yard season, with his remaining three games scheduled against the three worst run defenses in the league (Detroit, Green Bay, Houston).
All hope for the Jaguars was lost long ago. At this point, the week 1 win against the colts feels like it was in another year. They travel to Baltimore in week 15, and will face a Ravens team that will be coming off a tough test against the Browns. There’s no doubt in my mind that the losing streak will be extended to 13 games, and I also don’t see the Jaguars matching up well with the Bears or the Colts. Chins up, Jag fans, this season is almost over.