Titans dominate Jaguars: 5 things to know

Five things to know about the Titans’ 36-22 victory against the AFC South-rival Jaguars on Thursday night at Nissan Stadium, the third consecutive season Tennessee has beaten Jacksonville at home. The Titans (4-4) evened their record at the midpoint of the season and are within a half game of first place in the division. The Jaguars (2-5) have lost two straight and are in last place.

Mariota turned in a stellar performance

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 18 of 22 passes for 270 yards, two touchdowns and a 148.1 passer rating. It was his first career home game without a turnover. He took his final snap early in the fourth quarter and was replaced by Matt Cassel. Mariota has multiple touchdown passes in four consecutive games, the longest streak by a Titans quarterback since Kerry Collins in 2010, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Murray and Henry dominated

Running back DeMarco Murray cracked 100 rushing yards for the fourth time in six games. He finished with 123 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Murray walked to the locker room shortly before halftime and was questionable to return with a foot injury, but he was back for the first drive of the second half.

Derrick Henry had 16 carries for 60 yards and scored his first career rushing touchdown, blowing past Smyrna native Jalen Ramsey on his 6-yard scoring run. The Titans finished with 214 rushing yards.

Titans rolled up more yards than anyone in first half

The Titans led 27-0 at halftime in a thoroughly dominating performance. They had 354 yards of total offense in the first half, the most in the NFL by any team this season. The Jaguars had 60. A couple of other stats at the half — Time of possession: Titans 19:33, Jaguars 10:27. First downs: Titans 20, Jaguars 3.

Titans scored on six consecutive possessions.

The Titans rolled up a 33-8 lead before punting late in the third quarter, their first punt since the first drive of game. But return man Marqise Lee muffed it and LeShaun Sims recovered, giving the Titans the ball at the Jaguars’ 35. Tennessee ended up kicking a field goal. The Titans had their own special teams miscue, botching an extra point for the second consecutive week. It mattered little on this night.

Morgan recorded a sack in fourth consecutive game

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles was under pressure all night. Linebacker Derrick Morgan recorded a sack for the fourth consecutive games. Avery Williamson also dropped Bortles, who finished 33-of-54 for 337 yards and three touchdowns, much of the production coming in garbage time.

This story originally appeared on The Tennessean’s website.


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