After a demoralizing loss on the road against the New York Jets last Sunday, some questioned whether the Tennessee Titans were as good on paper as they had been hyped up to be. The loss to the Jets was full of missed opportunities that the Titans did not enact upon and consisted of some self-inflicted mistakes as well. However, Tennessee seems to have placed last week's loss in the rearview mirror as they cruised in their victory against division rival Jacksonville this past Sunday.
Star running back Derrick Henry rushed for 130 rushing yards and three touchdowns to help the Titans seal a crucial victory against division rival Jacksonville. This game also saw Derrick Henry make history as he became just the third player in franchise history to rush for 60 or more rushing touchdowns. Star-studded defensive back Kevin Byard shined on the defensive side with eight solo tackles and an interception on the afternoon.
While the Titans did manage to win by a large margin, they committed several costly penalties and gave hope to an underwhelming Jaguars offense that should have been put away for good early on in the game.
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Tennessee granted the Jaguars offense some hope on several plays, which included a 58-yard rush from running back James Robinson that led to a touchdown to end the drive. James Robinson posted a career-high 149 rushing yards against a Titans run defense that is ranked eighth overall in the league. Trevor Lawrence was also able to run in a touchdown late in the fourth quarter for the Jaguars, but it proved to be too little too late.
The Titans will host the Super Bowl runner-up Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 17 and will have to try to contain the otherworldly talents of Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs have been off to a rocky 2-3 start to the season, but still, remain one of the premier teams in the entire National Football League. The Titans will have their hands full, but hopefully, this win against the Jaguars was a momentum shift in Tennessee's fortunes. Kickoff is set to begin at noon.