After the loss against the Buffalo Bills the past weekend, the Jaguars wanted to end their home campaign with a win that would’ve give them a sweep against the Titans in the season. However, Tennessee had other plans, and the poor offensive execution of Jacksonville’s offense in the second half – especially in the fourth quarter – was what ultimately doomed the team as they lost 20-16.
The Jaguars were very accurate offensively in the first half where they totaled 204 yards overall, but the team practically disappeared from the field offensively after halftime. Credit needs to be given to the Titans’ secondary that put a lot of pressure on Chad Henne, but the fact is that the Jaguars can’t have such disparate performances in one same game.
Henne was very careful with the ball, completing 24-of-34 for 237 yards with two TDs, but he committed his only turnover in the worst moment of the game — being down by four with less than one minute to go in the fourth. Henne’s lack of ambition in the final possessions clearly doomed the team and even though it’s worth considering that he didn’t have his top catching weapons, Henne has clearly regressed from what he had been showing in recent games.
As a result of the lack of accuracy in the passing game, the Jaguars relied way too much on the running game in the fourth. But since Maurice Jones-Drew and Jordan Todman couldn’t do much against a very efficient Titans secondary, Jacksonville ended up dropping their second straight game.
The Jaguars will look to end their season with a win next week against the Indianapolis Colts on the road, and if the team wants to get something out of that game, they need to execute better on the offensive side of the ball. They won’t have many possibilities if they repeat today’s performance.