In a must win game against their AFC South Rival, QB Chad Henne justified being selected as the starting QB against the Titans, completing 17 of 26 passes for 261 yards, and two touchdowns in his first start over 13 months. The Titans were continuously putting pressured on the Jaguars and sacked Henne seven times in tonight’s game, but he held on and helped lead his team to their second win of the season.
After suffering a 7-game losing streak, the Jaguars offense stepped up their game again, and snapped the streak to improve their record to 2-9 for the season. The game started out jittery for the Jaguars as Hene’s first throw in the game was intercepted, and he was also sacked seven times. The QB never gave up as he made up for the mistakes to lead his team to a 24-19 victory.
As expected, the key to winning today’s game was a good offense that could play a running game, and a defense that would keep the Titans offense out of the end zone. The Jaguars offense comfortably converted more drives into touchdown than the Titans. Running Bank Rashad Jennings ran for 43 yards and had 16 carries, while Wide Receiver Cecil Shorts was at the receiving end of four passes for a total of 105 yards, and a touchdown. WR Justin Blackmon was also one of the top performers with 5 catches, 62 yards, and one-touchdown.
Not to be left out, the Jaguars defense dug deep as requested by Coach Malarkey and actually held a lead unlike in last week’s loss against the Texans that saw them blow a comfortable lead. The second worst defense in yardage improved their game and held the Titans to just five field goal attempts, 6 of 15 first down attempts, and one touchdown.
The Jaguars (2-9) will be visiting the Ralph Wilson Stadium to play against the Buffalo Bills (4-7) next week Sunday at 1:00pm EST.