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Jaguars vs. Titans: Penalties and bad blocking highlight the most important drive of the game

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NFL: Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Through most of the game, the Jacksonville Jaguars defense kept the team in the game. Clearly outmatched on offense, the defense held the Tennessee Titans to just nine points through the first two-and-a-half quarters of the game.

Then shortly after halftime, the offense put together one three-and-out too many and capped it off with a miserable breakdown on the punt coverage team and the defense snapped -- allowing Derrick Henry to get in for a touchdown.


The Jaguars would never recover and it would seem that the game went from glimmer of hope to downright futility when the game went to a two-score game.

Let’s break down the drive that put the Jaguars defense in a nearly impossible situation and put this game out of reach once and for all.

Play #1: 1st and 10 at JAX 25

Leonard Fournette is a great player, but why we’re running stretch plays with him the opening play of a pivotal drive is beyond me. Run ahead. Run in a straight line. Why run 20 yards just to get two — especially with this offense?

Also, look at No. 80, newly signed tight end James O’Shaughnessy on the right side of the line (your far left). He gets called for a holding penalty that negates this play from even happening and makes it 20 yards to get a first down.

Not great, Bob.

Play #2: 1st and 20 at JAX 15

The Titans know exactly what we want to do and where we want to go and they are stronger than us at the point of attack. Disgusting.

Play #3: 2nd and 19 at JAX 16

I don’t quite know why Marqise Lee wasn’t running his route to the sideline. He could have given Blake Bortles a moving target that would have gotten a handful more yards. Or at least don’t make the receiver jump for it, Blake. I mean, does it really matter with 19 yards to go and two downs to get it? Probably not, but it’s still weird.

Play #4: 3rd and 14 at JAX 21

It’s kind of remarkable that we got this close to converting, honestly. A lot of people are faulting Marcedes Lewis for dropping this pass, but it was Titans cornerback Kevin Byard who made a great play on the ball and got a hand on it.

Play #5: 4th and 14 at JAX 21

Watch No. 25 Peyton Thompson. He veers out of his lane and falls down, allowing Adoree Jackson to get all the way to the Jaguars’ 34-yard line, setting up a short field for the Titans. The deflated Jaguars defense didn’t stand a chance.