The Jacksonville Jaguars trudged into the locker room one by one Authentic Jonnu Smith Jersey , and before coach Doug Marrone started to address the team, a few players chimed in.They were being positive, too.After a 9-6 loss to AFC South rival Tennessee in which Jacksonville's offense was downright offensive, the Jaguars insisted there was no finger-pointing, back-biting or name-calling."We came back in the locker room and guys expressed emotion," said linebacker Telvin Smith, adding that a team with Super Bowl expectations was frustrated. "It's not like guys got quiet. Nobody shied away from it. Things were said."Several players said it was a constructive exchange designed to show support for quarterback Blake Bortles and an offense that has been less than impressive in two of three games this season."If you look at it, offensively and defensively and special teams, those guys really don't have the type of guys we have in this locker room," Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson said. "It's not like we felt like we were the king of the hill, but you've got to win the games you've got to win. ... We know we're the better team, but this Sunday they were the better team and they won."Thanks mostly to Marcus Mariota, a punishing ground attack and a stifling defense.Mariota directed three scoring drives in relief of Blaine Gabbert, including one in the fourth quarter with "heavy personnel," and the Titans (2-1) won their third straight in the series.Tennessee improved to 2-0 against the AFC South and will host defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia on Sunday."This is what we are, man," Titans cornerback Logan Ryan said. "We have a good defense. We can run the ball. We do what Jacksonville does, but we do it better than them."Jacksonville (2-1), which fell short in its attempt to start 3-0 for the first time since 2004, will wrap up a three-game homestand next week against the New York Jets.Tennessee finished with 233 yards, but grinded out 150 on the ground, played mistake-free football and let the defense do most of the heavy lifting."We're not afraid of anyone," Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan said. "We're going to play as if we belong anywhere. People will count us out Womens Kevin Byard Jersey , but that's not the case."The Jaguars have dropped five of six in the series and failed to score any offensive touchdown against the Titans for the second straight game. They crossed midfield just twice Sunday."We killed ourselves," Bortles said. "Stupid penalties, drops, missed throws. We've got to not hurt ourselves, especially the way our defense is and the way we play. We've got to score one touchdown to win the game. To go out there and score six points in four quarters, that's bad as an offense."Here are some other things we learned about the Titans and Jaguars:MARIOTA IMPROVINGMariota got a game ball for his gutsy performance.After sitting out last week's victory against Houston because of an elbow injury sustained in the season opener, Mariota was forced onto the field in the first quarter to replace Gabbert (concussion)."He was fantastic," first-year coach Mike Vrabel said. "He cares about this team immensely. He wants what's best for this team. You saw him come in there, get us some first downs and give us a spark."Mariota wore a partial glove on his injured right hand and did just enough to upset the Jaguars. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 100 yards and ran for 51 more, including a 15-yard gain on a third-and-1 play late that allowed the Titans to milk the clock.MISSING STARTERSThe Jaguars finished with 232 yards and 12 first downs while playing without running back Leonard Fournette, left tackle Cam Robinson and right guard A.J. Cann. Fournette missed his second straight game with a strained right hamstring.
Robinson was lost for the season last week, and Cann sat out with a triceps injury."It's tough anytime you don't have your guys out there," Bortles said. "It is difficult when you are playing with guys that aren't necessarily in the rotation all the time."TURNING POINTMarrone's decision to try a fake punt early in the game proved costly.Corey Grant was stopped on the fourth-and-4 play, giving Tennessee the ball near midfield and leading to Ryan Succop's first field goal."I always regret decisions that don't work," Marrone said. "I just wanted to be aggressive early and had the look." Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans could not have started much uglier.They sure showed they can finish.Mariota threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis with 36 seconds left, and the Tennessee Titans rallied from a 16-point deficit and beat the New York Jets 26-22 on Sunday.The Titans (6-6) snapped a two-game skid to keep themselves on the fringes of the AFC playoff chase. Mariota, who had an interception returned for a touchdown in the first quarter, notched the 12th game-winning drive of his career and eighth since the start of the 2017 season."Marcus isn't going to be the guy giving pep talks," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of his quarterback. "He's very calm, cool, collected. He takes control of the huddle, and you can see him in the most critical situations he's at his best. And so that's great to see."The Jets (3-9) had one last chance to snap their own losing streak, but Malcolm Butler intercepted Josh McCown's pass with 21 seconds left to seal Tennessee's victory and the Jets' collapse. New York now has lost six straight with this latest loss leaving Jets coach Todd Bowles "fuming.""Dumb mistakes at dumb times cost us ballgames Authentic Josh Kline Jersey , and that's why we're in the position we're in," Bowles said.Mariota looked nothing like the quarterback who turned in the second-best single-game performance in NFL history last week completing 95.7 percent of his passes in a loss at Houston. Home fans booed early and often as Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson got only his second interception this season and ran it back 31 yards for an early TD and a 10-0 lead.It was the Jets' first takeaway after the franchise tied a league record for futility for not forcing a turnover in five straight games. The Jets also sacked Mariota three times.Mariota threw for 220 of his 282 yards in the second half. He also led the Titans with 43 yards rushing, including a 25-yard scramble on the game-winning drive where he recovered his own fumble at the end."Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, and I got lucky," Mariota said.A facemask penalty on Johnson during the play added to the end, and Mariota hit Anthony Firkser for 25 yards. Three plays later, he found Davis who ran in for the TD and the Titans' first lead of the game.McCown started his third straight with Sam Darnold still limited with an injured foot, and the 39-year-old veteran threw for only 128 yards as the Titans outgained the Jets 403-280 in total offense.New York led 22-13 on Jason Myers' fifth and final field goal, a 39-yarder with 26 seconds left in the third quarter."You can't do that," McCown said. "You've got to get seven points when you're down there, and we didn't do that. And yeah, if you do that too much in the NFL, it will come back to get you, and it certainly did us today."The Titans had their chances to avoid the dramatic ending with first-and-goal on back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter only to settle for a pair of field goals by Ryan Succop. The Titans forced the Jets to punt with 1:46 left and found themselves starting at their own 14 to set up the game-winning drive.SPECIAL INDEEDThe Jets got production from across the board on special teams. Kevin Pierre-Louis blocked a punt in the second quarter to set up Myers' third field goal, and Henry Anderson blocked Succop's extra-point attempt inside the final minute of the first half. Andre Roberts opened the third quarter with a 61-yard kickoff return.FLAG FESTThe Jets were flagged 11 times for 96 yards, including three times on the Titans' final drive with one offsetting. The Titans, who came in as the NFL's least penalized team, had eight for 75 yards.INJURIESJets O-lineman Spencer Long had an illness, so Dakota Dozier started at LG in his place. ... Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne hurt a shoulder, but returned.UP NEXTJets: Visit Buffalo next Sunday.Titans: Host Jacksonville on Thursday night.Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalker
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