JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-5) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (1-4)
|STREAKS||3 of past 5|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Bradley: 1-1||Whisenhunt: 1-0|
|LAST WEEK||L 17-9 vs. Steelers||L 29-28 vs. Browns|
|LAST GAME||12/22/13: Titans 20 at Jaguars 16. Tennessee WR Nate Washington catches 6 passes for 117 yards, including 30-yard TD. Titans RB Shonn Green records 91 rushing yards & TD.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||11/10/13: Jaguars 29, Titans 27. Jacksonville RBs Maurice Jones-Drew & Jordan Todman each score rushing TDs. Jaguars CB Will Blackmon returns fumble 21 yards for TD.|
|BROADCAST||CBS (12:00 PM CT): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 91 (Jax.), 137 (Ten.). XM: 231 (Ten.).|
|PASSING||Bortles (R): 65-97-668-3-6-71.2||Locker: 65-112-764-4-4-75.9 OR
|RUSHING||Gerhart: 48-123-2.6-1||Greene: 44-190-4.3-1|
|RECEIVING||A. Robinson (R): 22-243-11.0-0||Walker (TE): 26-364-14.0-3|
|SACKS||Branch: 3||Casey: 2|
|INTs||Ball: 1||Griffin, McCourty: 2 (T1C)|
|PUNTING||Anger: 47.3||Kern: 44.9|
|KICKING||Scobee: 25 (7/7 PAT; 6/8 FG)||Succop: 28 (10/10 PAT; 6/8 FG)|
JAGUARS: In only career road start (vs. SD in Week 4), rookie QB BLAKE BORTLES (No. 3 overall) completed 29 of 37 passes (78.4 pct.) for 254 yards with 1 TD for 81.6 rating. Has 68 rush yards on 11 att. (6.2 avg.)…In only meeting (10/7/12 with Min.), RB TOBY GERHART rushed for 41 yards on 6 att. (6.8 avg.)…Jags are only NFL team this season with 2 rookies with 200+ receiving yards each (WRs ALLEN HURNS & ALLEN ROBINSON). Robinson led team in catches (5) & rec. yards (51) vs. Pit. Aims for 5th in row with 4+ catches. Hurns has 3 TD catches, tied for most among NFL rookies. WR CECIL SHORTS III has TD catch in 3 of past 4…Defense has 16 sacks, 3rd most in NFL…LB PAUL POSLUSZNY leads AFC with 53 tackles, including team-high 12 tackles & sack last week. DT ABRY JONES had career-high 2 sacks & FF vs. Pit. Had 1st career half sack in last meeting. DE ANDRE BRANCH has 2 sacks in past 3 on road. In past 11 on road, DE CHRIS CLEMONS has 7.5 sacks & 3 FF…TITANS: QB JAKE LOCKER had rush TD & pass TD last week. QB CHARLIE WHITEHURST set career-highs in pass yards (194), TDs (2) & rating (123.9) vs. Cle…RB SHONN GREENE has rush TD in 3 of past 4 games vs. Jax. Has 3,908 career rush yards & needs 92 to reach 4,000 career…Last week, WR KENDALL WRIGHT had 6 catches for 47 yards & 2 TDs & added 43 rush yards on 2 att. (21.5 avg.). Has 3+ catches in 19 of past 20 overall. WR NATE WASHINGTON had 4 catches for 57 yards last week. Since joining Titans in 2009, leads team in rec. (277), rec. yards (4,081) & TD catches (26). TE DELANIE WALKER leads AFC TEs in catches (26) & rec. yards (364)…S MICHAEL GRIFFIN leads team with 37 tackles. LB KAMERION WIMBLEY has 4 sacks in past 5 vs. Jax. LB DERRICK MORGAN has 4 sacks in past 3 vs. Jax. S GEORGE WILSON had INT in last meeting. Since 2007, S BERNARD POLLARD is 1 of 4 NFL players with 12+ INTs (12) & 10+ sacks (10.5).
|Date & Time||Favorite||Line||Underdog||Total|
|10/9 8:25 ET||Indianapolis||-2.5||At Houston||45.5|
|10/12 1:00 ET||Denver||-7.5||At NY Jets||46.5|
|10/12 1:00 ET||At Cleveland||-2||Pittsburgh||46.5|
|10/12 1:00 ET||At Tennessee||-6||Jacksonville|
|10/12 4:25 ET||At Atlanta||-3||Chicago||53.5|
|10/12 1:00 ET||Green Bay||-3.5||At Miami||48.5|
|10/12 1:00 ET||Detroit||-3||At Minnesota|
|10/12 1:00 ET||At Cincinnati||-6.5||Carolina||Off|
|10/12 1:00 ET||New England||-3||At Buffalo||Off|
|10/12 1:00 ET||Baltimore||-3||At Tampa Bay||43|
|10/12 4:05 ET||San Diego||-7||At Oakland||43|
|10/12 4:25 ET||At Seattle||-8.5||Dallas||Off|
|10/12 4:25 ET||At Arizona||-3||Washington||Off|
|10/12 8:30 ET||At Philadelphia||-2.5||NY Giants||50|
|10/13 8:30 ET||San Francisco||-3.5||At St. Louis||43.5|
For 30 minutes Sunday – it all seemed to come together for the Titans.
Then, as quick as they built what seemed to be a dominating 25-point lead – they blew it.
And looked ugly in the process.
The Titans fall to 1-4 on the year, losing a game that many had as a “W” in the standings after the second quarter, falling 29-28 to the Browns.
How bad was it? It was the biggest comeback victory in Browns history and also the Titans’ biggest blown lead since relocating from Houston to Tennessee.
“It was an unbelievably tough loss,” said coach Ken Whisenhunt. “A lot of it was self-inflicted, it just didn’t go our way … It’s a very, very difficult loss for us today.”
The Titans had two picks called back due to penalty, and even tried to gamble late, going for it on 4th and inches with backup QB Charlie Whitehurst on a sneak that totally failed.
The gamble came with 3:09 left on their own 42, and Whitehurst was stuffed as he could not pick up the first down. The Browns took over on downs, trailing 28-22, and five plays later, it was over.
The defeat came when Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer connected with Travis Benjamin on a 6-yard touchdown pass to tie the game. Billy Cundiff’s extra point gave the Browns a 29-28 edge, sending the Titans faithful home stunned.
“We considered (punting),” Whisenhunt said of the late gamble on 4th down. “We had a number of options … We thought about not going for it, but right there we had a chance to win it (with quarterback sneak), but it got away.”
Jake Locker got off to a hot start, but got knocked out after Browns linebacker Chris Kirksey used his forearm to hit Locker in the head when the Titans quarterback scored his touchdown in the second quarter.
He left for good when Cleveland cornerback Buster Skrine hit Locker in the helmet as the quarterback was attempting a pass.
Locker injured his throwing thumb on the play. He went to the locker room a never played a down, but Whitehurst got the team to 28-3 with a pair of TD’s before they simply shutdown.
Locker was 8 of 11 passes for 79 yards and a TD while also rushing four times for 34 yards and a TD. Whitehurst completed 13 of 21 passes for 194 yards and two TDs.
There’s no way to cover up how bad this loss it – only try to rebound from it. Again.
Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 5 matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans.
Titans: QB Jake Locker, WR Kris Durham, CB Brandon Harris, LB Akeem Ayers, T Byron Stingily, TE Taylor Thompson, DE Ropati Pitoitua.
Colts: WR Da’Rick Rogers, S Colt Anderson, LB Jerrell Freeman, LB Andy Studebaker, C Khaled Holmes, G Hugh Thornton, DL Art Jones.
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||QB Jake Locker (right wrist), TE Taylor Thompson (knee), TE Delanie Walker (shoulder)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||LB James Anderson (thigh), DE Ropati Pitoitua (knee)|
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||RB Ahmad Bradshaw (not injury related), CB Darius Butler (neck), LB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), LB Mario Harvey (hamstring), LB D’Qwell Jackson (not injury related), DT Arthur Jones (ankle), S LaRon Landry (not injury related), LB Andy Studebaker (hamstring), G Hugh Thornton (ankle), WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||S Colt Anderson (groin), CB Vontae Davis (ankle), WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle), G Joe Reitz (ankle), CB Gregory Toler (ribs)|