All season long the Titans defense has not played up to the standards of the 2008 season, and again on Sunday the team was overwhelmed by a Jacksonville team that did whatever it wanted on offense, punishing the Titans 37-17 in Jacksonville. The loss puts the Titans at 0-4, and considering the Colts are 4-0, the team has got to be wondering if they can hit the “do over” button on the 09 season.
The Titans allowed the Jags yards all day, and gave up 10 first quarter points that put them in an early hole when Josh Scobee hit a 22-yard field goal and then Maurice Jones-Drew went in from 9 yards out to give the Jaguars a quick lead that stunned the Titans.
Tennessee tried to get back in the game, as they went on a long 14-play drive, their longest of the season, but were unable to get a TD and had to settle for three to make it 10-3 in the second quarter. That’s when the Jags put the game away with the play of wide out Mike Sims-Walker, who QB David Garrard found twice in with a Scobee field goal in between to give the Jags a commanding 27-3 halftime lead.
Sims-Walker caught a 9-yard score after the Rob Bironas field goal made it 10-3, and then later on Garrard hit him from 15 yards out after a six-play, 41-yard drive to basically put the Titans away before the halftime gun sounded. Garrard carved up the Titans D, throwing for 323 yards on 27-for-37 passing for three scores.
Kerry Collins threw the ball 48 times as the team played catch up for the whole second half, and was 29-for-48 for 284 yards with a TD and two picks. He threw a second half score to Nate Washington, then ran in from 10 yards out, but that was all rather worthless as the Jags owned the lead from start to finish.
The defense again was the issue, allowing 442 yards on the day, and 27 first downs. The Jags put up 6.4 yards per play, and 4.6 yards per rush as they ran for 137 yards on 30 carries. The Titans were held to 95 yards on the ground, and overall had 379 yards, but most came with a huge deficit.
Now with the team facing a game next Sunday night on the road at the Colts, and then a game at New England the following week, there’s a shot this team could be 0-6 heading into the bye. Who would have thought it?