Titans Gameday Newsletter 3 Sep 17th Titans_Digital - Page 64

As for the defensive line, a team-record 10- sack performance is the obvious highlight. Free agent addition Calais Campbell led the way with 4.0 sacks, a new single-game team record, and was credited with 3.5 sacks by halftime. Second-year defensive end Yannick Ngakoue collected two sacks, and both forced fumbles. A few other Jaguars got in on the sack parade: Lerentee McCray (1.5), Malik Jackson (1.0), Dante Fowler Jr. (1.0), Abry Jones (0.5). In addition, the Jaguars defense allowed the Texans only 93 rushing yards, and the lack of a consistent run game for Houston opened many pass-rushing opportunities for the Jaguars defense. Texans left tackle Duane Brown was holding out for a new contract, and has not played for the Texans. After this performance, the Jaguars might have made him a lot of money. One game does not make a trend, but this is definitely more of a positive start than anyone could have imagined for the Jaguars pass rush. 2. THE JAGUARS WON THE TAKEAWAY BATTLE 4-0. The offense protected the football – no Bortles interceptions, no lost fumbles – and the defense recovered three fumbles and collected an interception. Midway through the second quarter, Ngakoue’s first sack-fumble was recovered by Abry Jones and set up a Jaguars touchdown drive. Late in the second quarter, after the second Ngakoue sack- fumble, Dante Fowler Jr. scooped the loose ball and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown. Near the end of the third quarter, Fowler sacked Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and forced a fumble that was recovered by Ngakoue. Late in the fourth quarter, Tashaun Gipson intercepted Watson to cap off the day. In addition, the Jaguars defense had two other takeaways nullified. A second-quarter Malik Jackson sack-fumble was returned for a touchdown by Telvin Smith, but after review, AP IMAGES AP Images