In a game that most experts and fans expected the Titans to lose, Tennessee literally ran all over the Jaguars in a hard-fought victory in Jacksonville.
Story of the Game
Titans second string running back Chris Brown had the biggest game of his career. He rushed for 175 yards on 19 carries against the vaunted Jaguars defense. Brown helped Tennessee to win time of possession, sustain long drives and keep Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor off the field.
Brown made a serious bid to be the Titan’s starting running back next week. He looked quicker, faster and more decisive than Lendale White, who looked slow and tentative. However, even White managed to gain 66 yards on 18 carries.
The Other Story of the Game
The Titans defense shut down Jones-Drew and Taylor who combined for only 48 yards on 13 carries. The defense did allow David Garrard to complete a long touchdown in the first half but did not let the Jaguars offense mount a comeback in the fourth quarter.
Young had an typical VY day: 11 of 18 passing for 78 yards with one interception; he ran for 22 yards, had a fumble and scored the Titans’ only touchdown. He looked shaky whenever a play took too long to develop downfield. Nevertheless, it’s a win in Young’s 14th game as a starter in the NFL. I give him credit for staying in the pocket and for frequently choosing to throw to his checkdown receiver.
Two personal fouls were called on defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. The first penalty resulted when Haynesworth threw Jones-Drew to the turf at the end of a play. It wasn’t exactly a body slam, but I understand the official’s call. The second penalty was a bad call by the official. Haynesworth’s hand grazed David Garrard’s face mask while the quarterback was scrambling in the pocket. I’m sure Haynesworth is being watched closely because of the incident with Dallas Cowboy Andre Gurode last season when Albert was suspended for stomping on Gurode’s neck.
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