The 4-8 Jacksonville Jaguars head up to Nashville, to rematch the arch-rival Tennessee Titans on a rare national prime-time stage for this week’s Thursday Night Football event. The Jags will try to avenge a Week 3 9-6 loss to the Titans in Jacksonville, while trying to not embarrass themselves on national television.
Follow along with us all night as we live blog the action, leave your comments below, and stay with us for post-game coverage.
11:20 PM: The Titans are able to run down the clock and complete the obliteration of the Jags, 30-9. Good night, everyone!
11:00 PM: The Jaguars, after forcing a punt and being in complete “F it” mode, once again come up short on 4th down as Moncrief drops a pass in his hands that would’ve been well enough to move the chains.
10:36 PM: After a couple of nice completions to Westbrook, Kessler leads the Jags into scoring territory and connects with Westbrook for a touchdown in the back right end zone. 30-9 Titans.
10:27 PM: Henry takes the ball and runs untouched for long measures of distance and scores points on the very next play. 30-2 Titans and we still have 5:22 in the 3rd quarter and Henry is up to 219 yards rushing.
10:22 PM: Kessler completes a 45 yard bomb to someone named Keelan Cole, then gets rocked on a broken protection by the line, and fumbles it away to the Titans. Cody didn’t stand a chance on the play.
10:16 PM: Tennessee drives it down the field with the assistance of some of the worst tackling a Jaguars team has ever displayed. Henry waltzes into the end zone basically untouched from 14 yards out for the score. 23-2 Titans in the 3rd quarter, but this one is over, folks.
10:05 PM: The Jags opening drive of the second half is marred by the worst damn holding calls in the history of the sport. I’m not even kidding. Titans take over inside their 30. The NFL officiating this year has been a huge pile of dung.
9:44 PM: The Titans move the ball but settle for a Ryan Succop field goal before the clock runs out on the first half. Tennessee leads 16-2 in what is likely an insurmountable lead.
9:31 PM: The Titans and Jags trade three and outs, and now Logan Cooke shanks a punt with Tennessee taking over at their own 40 with 1:17 left in the half.
9:21 PM: The Jaguars move the ball to the Titans 45 before Kessler is sacked on third and five by Jerrell Casey. Punt is downed inside the Titans 5 yard line, but clearly that doesn’t matter much tonight.
9:11 PM: Derrick Henry runs off tackle, stiff arms AJ Bouye and Leon Jacobs, and runs 98 yards for a touchdown. Folks, this is probably going to get ugly now. 13-2 Titans, as Succop misses the extra point.
9:07 PM: Well, the Jaguars, and Kessler especially, do a great job moving the ball through the air and all the way down to the Titans 3 yard line...but are unable to convert following three failed Fournette attempts and an incomplete pass to Tommy Bohanon where he appeared to be held by a Titans defender, but of course there is no call. Jags miss a huge opportunity, and Titans take over at their 3 yard line. 7-2 Titans, 2nd quarter.
8:55 PM: That’s the end of the first quarter, here’s a look at the safety.
Jaguars get an easy 2 points. Jaguars 2 Titans 7 nearing the end of the 1st quarter pic.twitter.com/mBT2GTzPKp— Laurie Fitzpatrick (@LaurieFitzptrck) December 7, 2018
8:51 PM: SAFETY! Weird turn of events here. The Jags are forced to punt after going three and out, but Titans returner Batson muffs the punt and tries to pick it up in the end zone and run it back, where he is met by Leon Jacobs and Quenton Meeks who tackle him for the safey. Jags will receive the free kick. Titans lead 7-2.
8:44 PM: INTERCEPTION! Mariota air mails a pass intended for Sharpe, and into the waiting hands of Ronnie Harrison, who makes his first career pick. Jaguars needed that one as the Titans were once again driving into Jax territory. Jags ball at around their own 40 yard line. Still 7-0 Titans, in the first quarter.
8:39 PM: After a couple of first downs, that included a nice 10 yard throw from Cody Kessler to Donte Moncrief, the Jags do nothing more as Kessler is hammered on 3rd & 9. Jags punt it away into Titans territory.
8:29 PM: And just like that, it’s 7-0 Titans. Tennessee goes 73 yards on 10 plays as the Titans use Deion Lewis and the screen game to gash the Jags defense down the field, ending in a Derrick Henry 3 yard plunge into the end zone. Not the start I expected from a defense that’s been lights out for most of the last month.
8:23 PM: Titans will start at their own 27.
8:20 PM: We are set to kick off from Nashville. The Jaguars have won the toss and deferred, the Titans offense gets first dibs.
7:48 PM: And in a spot on the NFL on FOX’s coverage tonight, insider Jay Glazer confirms that the Jaguars will indeed move on from Blake Bortles after the season is over. Nothing we didn’t know, but the two top national insiders confirming it gives it a lot more substance.
7:30 PM: While we wait, NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport gave a rundown on some rumored changes coming for the Jags this off-season.
From our TNF Pregame Show: My essay looking at the #Jaguars in 2019, with QB Blake Bortles gone and some changes on defense. pic.twitter.com/TgI64PbryV— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 7, 2018
7:18 PM: The Jaguars have released tonight’s inactive list and to some surprise, safety Barry Church is a healthy inactive. Church was benched last Sunday for rookie Ronnie Harrison, in a sign the team may be ready to move on for good with the younger, less expensive option at the position, and it appears that move is permanent and Barry Church’s career as a Jaguar has come to an end.
The following players are inactive today against the Titans ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/RuLFB773Th— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) December 6, 2018
7:10 PM: Good evening! The Jaguars will do their best to try and shut out a team for the second consecutive week as that appears to be their most likely path to victory with an absolute atrocity on offense. We will see what impact Leonard Fournette has, in his return from suspension and in his first test of the season against the Titans.