Titans vs Jaguars Game Day Newsletter 4Sept19Titans_Digital - Page 15

JACKSONVILLE – No rest for the weary. The Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) welcome the Tennessee Titans (1-1) to TIAA Bank Field for Thursday Night Football, with huge implications for the home team. A win keeps the early part of the 2019 season within reach with a 1-1 AFC South record. A loss would drop the Jaguars to 0-3 overall and give them an 0-2 hole in division play. The Titans have won six of the last seven meetings with the Jaguars. Use any cliché you would like: circle the wagons, rally the troops, defend the ‘Bank… Either way, this is a game the Jaguars need. Week 2 review Nick Foles suffered a fractured collar bone in Week 1 after the fi rst touchdown pass of the season and the defense gave up 40 points and nearly 500 yards to the defending league MVP and one of the best offenses in football. Final score: Chiefs 40-26, and plenty of questions popped up as to where this team would go. Would the defense respond like they have shown in the past that they can? Could the rookie quarterback keep the offense moving like he did in relief after the Foles injury? The Jaguars went to Houston in Week 2 and leaned on a defense that bounced back and played well while rallying around rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II to nearly take a tough road win against a good Houston Texans team. The offense sputtered throughout the day but continued to fi ght, and fi nally in the fourth quarter Minshew and the offense rallied. A 14-play, 68-yard drive ended with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Minshew to DJ Chark Jr., and the Jags were an extra point away from a tie game. The fi nal drive was not pretty, it was not smooth, it was not easy… but it was effective. The rookie found a way, and only a failed two- point conversion play ended the Jaguars’ hopes of a wild road rally. Running back Leonard Fournette was stopped short of the goal line on an inside run, preserving a 13-12 win for the Texans. “On that last drive, I mean, you could see the poise the kid has,” Head Coach Doug Marrone said after Sunday’s loss in Houston. “(He) was able to go down the fi eld and score. He’s never -- I’ve told you guys before – he’s not a guy that gets rattled. “He understands what we’re trying to get accomplished, what we want to do,” Marrone added. “So, I couldn’t be happier with him.” Minshew fi nished the day 23 of 33 for 213 yards and a touchdown, but he also ran for 56 yards on six carries. On the fi nal touchdown drive, Minshew was 5 of 9 for 36 yards through the air. At one point he threw three consecutive incompletions and faced fourth-and-10, but then the rookie found a way to keep the drive alive with his legs, scrambling for 18 yards to move the Jaguars into the red zone. Minshew ran for four more yards on the next play before the touchdown capped the drive. They were inches away. The defense responded by shutting down wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins – with Jalen Ramsey covering him all day – and holding the Texans to 13 points. “Man, just credit to all our guys just staying with it,” Minshew said after last week’s game. “Keep fi ghting the whole time. They (Texans) were a good defense and just for us to keep battling. We made too many mistakes early; us getting in our own way.”Before the touchdown drive, the