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Failing to take advantage of a rare Indianapolis loss, the Titans’ bid to share first place with the division-leading Colts was thwarted by Jacksonville’s powerful running game in yesterday’s 28-13 defeat to the Jags. As a result of the loss, the Titans (6-3) are now tied with Jacksonville for 2nd place in the AFC South division.
Albert Haynesworth’s absence opened up huge holes for Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor as the Jags rushed for 166 yards against the league’s #1 ranked run defense.  Jacksonville’s ability to run the football consistently led to time-consuming drives that culminated with Jaguar touchdowns.
The tone of the game was set on the Jaguars’ initial possession as their strong rushing attack powered its way to a 13 play, 80 yard drive that consumed over seven and a half minutes, ending in a Quinn Gray 2 yard touchdown pass to Greg Jones. The inability of the Titans’ defense to get off of the field led to two other Jaguar scoring drives that consumed at least five minutes of game time.
Entering yesterday’s contest, the Titans had utilized the combination of an effective running game and a stingy defense as the basis for their 6-2 record during the first half of the season. Yesterday, in addition to the struggles of the defense, the running game was also an area where the team failed to perform up to its usual standards. LenDale White’s day ended early as a result of a knee injury but while he was on the field, the pudgy back was only able to accumulate a measly 12 yards on 8 carries.
The failures of the defense and the running game forced the Titans into the uncomfortable predicament of having to rely on their passing game to get them back into the contest. Vince Young was able to throw for 257 yards while completing a season-high 24 passes. Justin Gage had a solid performance catching the football, hauling in 7 receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown. Despite the mild success of the passing game, the Titans were unable to escape the clutches of defeat.
The 2007 Tennessee Titans’ recipe for success consists of three key ingredients: strong defense, a heavy dose of the running game and only a dash of throwing the football. On Sunday, the Titans uncharacteristically gave up a ton of yards on the ground, failed to establish an effective running game and relied too much on the right arm of Vince Young. The inability of the Titans’ to follow the instructions of its normal recipe played a big part in yesterday’s loss to Jacksonville.

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  1. brian Says:

    well, i guess i’m not the only one with a loss for words. the jags ran the train on us, and one can only pray that big all and the rest of the guys get back in the line up.
    overall it was another sloppy performance in all 3 phases. t-brown was a mess, (he is from chattanooga and will always have my love), but he killed us. i’m at a loss for the o-line. i knew jax’s d-line would be ready after the pasting they took in the first game, but there was no where to run.
    the passing game was it’s usual self. i hate to say it but adam jones maybe the spark this team needs.

  2. brian Says:

    Wow, that sounded pretty negative. so how about this. the offense couldn’t sustain drives and the the defense couldn’t get off the field. Silly mistakes killed us all day. There is no reason that Vince and his receivers aren’t on the same page at this point in the season.
    Was Grif’ hurt? they need to get him more chances in the return game c-henry is not finding his lanes.
    I thought there was plenty of hustle on both sides of the ball and was really pleased with Finnegan’s and Fowler’s play. Vince made some plays and it was good to see him run a little more. Special teams was average against an always great unit.
    the broncos always seem to get the titans and i was at the coliseum freezing my ass off two christmas eves ago while the titans got absolutely dismantled. monday’s game is winnable but the boyz are gonna have to go out and take it.

  3. Drexel Perry Says:

    The game went downhill for the Titans from the beginning. It was just one of those days where nothing was going right for them.
    There aren’t too many positives you can take from a game such as that one. The best remedy is to get it out of their system, move forward and to try to start another win streak beginning with Monday night.

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