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The Tennessee Titans kept their playoff hopes alive with a 30-9 home win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
When these two teams met in Week 3 this season, Marcus Mariota had just 100 passing yards after coming on for Blaine Gabbert. The Hawaiian did not start that game due to an elbow injury but rallied his team to a 9-6 victory. Mariota was a little more productive this time around, throwing for 162 yards.
Derrick Henry was the game’s biggest star. He ran for a franchise-record 238 yards and tied a team record with four rushing touchdowns. He also broke off a 99-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, becoming only the second player in NFL history to do so.
DERRICK HENRY WENT BEASTMODE!!! 😱😱😱
99 YARDS. #TitanUp
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Cody Kessler made his second start for the Jaguars after replacing Blake Bortles. He went 25-of-43 passing for 240 yards and a touchdown.
Leonard Fournette also ran for 36 yards on 14 carries after returning from his one-game suspension.
Dreadful Performance Underscores Need for Major Changes in Offseason for Jacksonville
If you are a Jaguars fan and you watched Thursday’s game—be it live in Nashville or from the comfort of your own home—then you deserve some form of monetary compensation. This should be the nadir of a dreadful 2018 campaign because it’s hard to see how things can get any worse.
Ryan O’Halloran @ryanohalloran
I covered a 28-2 #Jaguars loss in 2013 opener … and a 45-16 loss two weeks later that Pete Carroll could have won 70-0 if he wanted … and the 2016 TNF debacle in Tenn (down 28-0 at half) that was the beginning of the end for Gus … this is worse than any of them.
Greg Rajan @GregRajan
Can’t remember the last team that’s crashed as hard as #Jaguars have in a year. Maybe the #Texans from 2012-13, but that was a perfect storm of injuries, bad luck in close games and a QB whose game fell off a cliff. Jacksonville’s dip seems way worse.
By benching Bortles, Jacksonville is clearly looking to go in a different direction at quarterback and evaluate all of its options in the offseason. Based on this defeat, a quarterback change won’t go far enough to address the team’s issues.
One could sensibly argue many Jaguars players, particularly those on defense, have basically packed it in.
Tom Fornelli @TomFornelli
I hope this Jaguars team has quit on the season cuz if this is what it looks like when it’s trying….
The Jaguars defense is still one of the NFL’s best, and any frustration from their defensive stars is understandable after the offense consistently dropped the ball all year. Yet laying an egg like this doesn’t exactly reflect positively on anybody involved.
One has to start asking questions of the coaching staff as well. Another game like this and head coach Doug Marrone may hit a point of no return.
A few weeks ago, the idea of the Jaguars trading Jalen Ramsey seemed ridiculous. Ramsey shouldn’t shoulder much blame for how things have unfolded.
Nothing has really changed in that regard; however, it’s easier after Thursday to see why Jacksonville’s front office is considering drastic measures in response to the team’s sustained slide following a 3-1 start.
The 7-6 Titans hit the road in Week 15 for a matchup with the New York Giants. The 4-9 Jaguars have their final home game Dec. 16 against the Washington Redskins, who will likely have Mark Sanchez as their starting quarterback.