Titans get 1st home shutout since 2000 as Calais Campbell’s two sacks help keep Jaguars scoreless at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium
Tennessee Titans, reflecting the attitude of their NFL coach, Mike Vrabel, whipped the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-0 on Sunday in Nashville to even their season record.
Calais Campbell’s first career sack helped a depleted Titans defense shut out Jacksonville’s offense for the first time since they beat the Rams in 2000.
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Even so, Titans coach Mike Vrabel, a Jaguars linebacker in 2000, was focused on his new squad, which entered the game last in the league in fewest yards allowed (339 a game) and sacks (7).
“I’m more focused on the offense.”
Tennessee (3-2) had won its previous two games and some eyes were still on them after the NFL-leading Rams were upset last week in Jacksonville.
But Jacksonville (2-3) kept its offense away from Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota until Josh Lambo kicked a 39-yard field goal to open the scoring in the third quarter. The Jaguars had first downs at midfield and under 10 yards to go, but an aborted attempt on fourth-and-1 from their own 29 ended with an incomplete pass from Blake Bortles to Chris Ivory.
Jacksonville’s only other series in Titans territory was more notable for its failure to gain a first down. Bortles threw two incompletions to Jalen Ramsey and a pair of passes for no gain. That ended Jacksonville’s seventh possession after it was sacked for a safety early in the second quarter.
More than 200 fans protested outside the stadium before the game over a racial slur directed at DeAndre Hopkins and over the shoplifting arrest of the Jaguars’ star receiver. Hopkins and Tye Smith of the Titans each were charged with misdemeanor third-degree shoplifting after a 30-minute police investigation.
You can be more competitive on paper and don’t bring it to the game, but I still thought this game was going to be a close game Michael Vick, former Jaguars quarterback
In the first half, Mariota had passes of 31 yards to Eric Decker and 20 yards to Rishard Matthews before Josh Lambo hit from 38 yards. The Titans moved within field goal range but couldn’t convert on fourth-and-goal. Bortles threw a touchdown pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis in the second quarter, giving Jacksonville a 3-0 lead. The Titans tied it on a 50-yard field goal by Ryan Succop early in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, Tennessee’s Vincent Taylor and Chris Long sacked Bortles and Brown forced a fumble from running back Chris Ivory in the end zone that the Titans recovered at the Jaguars 18. Campbell’s first sack gave the Titans 14 points and a 20-0 lead.
Vince Young, a former Tennessee quarterback, attended Sunday’s game. “You can be more competitive on paper and don’t bring it to the game, but I still thought this game was going to be a close game,” Young said. “It’s a road game, you’re playing a division opponent. I thought they would be on the offensive end.”
Mariota completed 13 of 29 passes for 185 yards and his lone touchdown. Smith had seven receptions for 65 yards for Tennessee. Bortles completed 11 of 19 passes for 146 yards and no touchdowns.