A divisional win for the Tennessee Titans? That’s a first.
Literally. After starting this season with four consecutive AFC South losses, the Titans earned some revenge against a 4-10 Jaguars team with a 20-16 victory. The Titans overcame a 10-point deficit en route to their second divisional win in their last 11 attempts.
The Titans will finish their season against a Houston Texans team who has lost 13 consecutive games. Of course, the Texans’ last win came in Week 2…against Tennessee.
Below are some observations about this Week 16 contest.
- A bland first half. The Jaguars jumped out to a 13-6 first-half lead. Jaguars center Brad Meester had a nine-yard catch. That drive ended in a touchdown.
- Give Bernard Pollard a game ball. His blocked extra point made a huge difference. Not only for his blocked extra point, but a critical 4th-and-1 stop with approximately five minutes left in regulation. Without the blocked extra point, the Jaguars could’ve tied the game with an easy field goal. Who knows what happens then.
- This game was a huge contrast from the past few weeks. The Titans have a 44-26 run-to-pass ratio. That’s about what one should expect from a team that labels itself as “run-heavy.” Throwing 60 times with a No. 2 quarterback is pure ignorance.
- I’d much prefer Ryan Fitzpatrick not starting these last two games, however, I understand that Mike Munchak wants to pad his resume with a couple wins. Fitzpatrick probably gives him the best chance for that. The Titans will enter next offseason with little more to evaluate Rusty Smith on than a few preseason snaps and a 2010 regular-season matchup.
- Nate Washington hasn’t packed it in. The 30-year-old veteran had 117 of the Titans’ 181 receiving yards. This offseason, keep an eye on whether the Titans are willing to pay Washington $4.8 million (rotoworld) or if they’re satisfied with their young core of receivers (Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, Damian Williams). I’m thinking he’s safe.
- Three-of-13 on third-down conversions. That isn’t the type of efficiency that one wants to see from a team playing that style of football. They went for a lot of risks that, had this game meant anything in terms of playoffs, I’m not sure Munchak would’ve taken.
Not much to say about this win. It doesn’t sway my opinion on whether Munchak should remain head coach in 2014. I’m more interested to see how a 2-13 team does/doesn’t do in LP Field.
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