The Tennessee Titans lost to the 0-8 Jacksonville Jaguars 29-27 in a monumental upset that significantly damages the Titans’ chances at making it to the NFL Playoffs. Turnovers hindered Tennessee throughout the game, with the final blow to the Titans coming from a Will Blackmon 21-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
However, Tennessee played by far their worst game of the season, where at times Jacksonville looked like an average NFL team instead of the train wreck that they have been all season. The Titans fumbled the ball five times and threw an interception but stayed in the game because of their tough defense. Surprisingly, the loss is not as bad as it seems.
Although, the loss to the Jaguars seems huge for the Titans because it puts them a step behind teams like the New York Jets and the San Diego Chargers in a race for the final AFC Wild Card spot, the Indianapolis Colts‘ loss to the St. Louis Rams keeps the Titans two games behind in the race for the AFC South. With Tennessee having two games remaining against the Colts, the Titans could theoretically play their way into winning their division and going to the NFL Playoffs.
However, with early reports indicating that quarterback Jake Locker may be done for the season with a foot injury, Tennessee is in a rough place. Turnover-prone Ryan Fitzpatrick has to prove in the next few weeks that he can handle game management because I have very little faith in his ability to win games for the Titans. Tennessee’s defense will keep them in games against upcoming opponents, but players like Shonn Greene and Chris Johnson have to step up or the Titans could see a season that started out extremely promising slip away.