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- This game was a tale of two halves. Tennessee took a 6-3 lead immediately before the half with a 41 yard field goal. The Titans offense had stagnated for most of the first half. With a 3-point lead and momentum, the Mike Mularkey’s offensive coaching staff made adjustments to the game plan and wore down the Jaguars in the second half.
- In the second half, the Titans scored on five straight drives (one FG and then four TDs). This is due to their change in personnel, sitting RB DeMarco Murray for RB Derrick Henry and going from two tight ends sets to three wide receiver sets.
- Mularkey and his defensive staff had a fantastic defensive game plan from the beginning of the game. The Titans were committed to stopping the run and rookie RB Leonard Fournette. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau “loaded the box” and put eight or sometimes nine defenders near the line of scrimmage. In addition to stopping the run, this forced Jaguars QB Blake Bortles to throw the ball. This was something he would have trouble doing without his best wide receiver, the injured Allen Robinson. Doug Marrone and the Jaguars could not use the play action pass effectively to keep the Titans’ defense honest. The Titans shut down the Jaguars rather easily.
- The Jaguars had some chances early in the game to get their offense going. However, they never allowed their workhorse back Leonard Fournette to get into a rhythm. Jacksonville played RB Chris Ivory too much in the first half, giving him too many snaps (10 snaps and 6 carries) while Fournette carried the ball 10 times and was on the field for 17 snaps.