A week before the start of the NFL season, the Jacksonville Jaguars raised eyebrows with the release of David Garrard, who was owed another $9 million on his contract. This appeared to be a move based strictly on saving money, but if the defense continues to play as well as they did against Tennessee in a 16 to 14 victory, and Luke McCown plays mistake free football as he did on Sunday they will be difficult to beat each week.
Maurice Jones-Drew scored the first points of the game when he ran 21 yards untouched into the end zone to put the Jaguars up 7 to nothing in the first quarter. The performance by Jones-Drew Sunday was big for the Jaguars, because he was sidelined for the majority of the pre-season, and it is good to see there were not any lingering effects from his knee surgery in the offseason. He finished with 97 yards on 24 carries.
For most of the three quarters the Jaguars dominated play, with Josh Scobee adding two field goals in the second and third quarters, putting the Jaguars up 13 to 0.
Then with 2:30 minutes to go in the third quarter Matt Hasselbeck, the former Seahawk now Titans QB, got hit behind the line of scrimmage, but was somehow able to pass the ball to Kenny Britt 10 yards downfield who had nothing but green in front of him and scored on an 80 yard catch and run putting the Titans a possession behind the Jaguars 13 to 7.
After another Scobee field goal in the fourth the Jaguars extended the lead 16 to 7. On the ensuing Titans possession Hasselbeck continued to feed Kenny Britt the ball and led the Titans down the field and scored on another touchdown pass to Britt, cutting the lead 16 to 14. Britt finished with 5 receptions and 136 yards receiving, including the two touchdowns.
Despite the late game heroics by Hasselbeck and Britt, the Jaguars defense was able stops and ended the game on an interception by Dwight Lowery, on a pass intended for Britt.
The last time the Jaguars released their starting quarterback after preseason, it was Byron Leftwich, and Garrard and the Jaguars went 11-5 eventually losing to the Patriots in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.