Written by By Nicole Ruglio, CNN
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, rookie quarterback Dede Westbrook and new linebacker Daren Bates all found the end zone in Nashville Saturday, leading the Titans past the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-0.
The Titans (5-4) shut out the Jaguars (3-6) for the first time since 2000.
“It was a good victory for our team, especially the first time against a division opponent,” said Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey. “We’re starting to tighten up offensively.”
‘Double bold’ part of Jags’ plan
The Jaguars appear to be getting their act together offensively, after struggling mightily through the first part of the season.
“This is such a narrow margin in the league,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said. “Just seeing what our team has accomplished tonight in gaining momentum is encouraging.”
Last week Jacksonville helped move the ball (4th best in the NFL) but couldn’t score more than a field goal. This week they put up 13 plays of 10 yards or more (5th best in the NFL) and put up 510 yards of total offense (4th best in the NFL).
This wasn’t about the results — or lack thereof — and that’s part of why Jacksonville dropped to 2-10 against Tennessee’s 12-0 record versus the Jaguars.
One of the themes of this game was turnover, which the Jaguars relied on to move the ball but couldn’t convert into points. They were minus-1 on the season when it came to turnovers.
Still, rookie running back Leonard Fournette was arguably Jacksonville’s best offensive player, racking up 136 yards rushing, 42 receiving and 1 touchdown, while throwing for 73 yards.
“We have to do a better job as a football team and score more points,” Fournette said. “That’s something we have to fix going forward. That’s the main focus now.
“We didn’t get it done. They made plays. They got the W, we didn’t. So it’s a setback.”
Jacksonville is now 1-3 on the road.
‘Find a way to win’
In front of 85,023 at Nissan Stadium, Mariota completed 19 of 28 passes for 205 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He looked at home in his first home game this season and led the team in rushing for 88 yards and a touchdown.
The second-year pro quarterback was also named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career. Mariota has a 100.0 passer rating for the season.
“We’re a little bit stagnant,” Mariota said. “That’s probably the biggest thing. Find a way to win … our offense will settle down. I think we’re playing pretty well as an offense, but we’ve just got to find that consistency.”
The young rookie quarterback got the Titans on the board with a four-yard touchdown pass to Tajae Sharpe in the third quarter.
The Titans scored two more touchdowns on their next two possessions for a 20-0 advantage.
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