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NFL Week 14 PFF ReFocused: Tennessee Titans 31, Jacksonville Jaguars 10

Dec 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs the ball around Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Sidney Jones (35) during the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars kept things interesting for a little bit after a fourth-down stop and a forced fumble on Corey Davis, but the Titans handled their business in the race for an AFC South crown. The Titans stars were on full display, as A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry both went off Sunday.

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Story of the Game

The story of the game was once again the Jaguars’ inability to slow down Derrick Henry whatsoever. He racked up 209 yards on 24 carries — with 126 coming after contact — and added two scores for good measure. In 10 career games against the Jaguars, Henry has averaged over 100 yards per game, 5.5 yards per carry and 4.7 after contact per attempt. 

With Henry moving the ball on the ground, A.J. Brown was able to do it repeatedly through the air. He was on the field for only 19 pass plays yet was targeted on nine of them and hauled in seven passes for 112 yards. While he had a bad drop on third down (that was still converted with a fake on fourth down), Brown made up for it with the catch of the day. 

Of course, Brown’s terrific game coincided with yet another clean and efficient performance from Ryan Tannehill. He finished with an adjusted completion percentage of 87.0 and didn’t have a single turnover-worthy play on 25 dropbacks. The same could not be said for Mike Glennon and Gardner Minshew, who both had two turnover-worthy plays on the day. The Titans secondary had themselves a day, highlighted by an outstanding performance from Malcolm Butler.

Rookie Watch

It’s a shame the Jaguars defense didn’t force the Titans to pass more, as K’Lavon Chaisson had easily his most impressive day as a pass-rusher in his young career. He notched three pressures including two hits on only 11 pass-rushing snaps. 

Chaisson may not have even been the most impressive rookie performance on the Jags defense Sunday, however, as defensive tackle Doug Costin was one of their only defenders who showed up in run defense with four tackles and a stop. The UDFA played 49 snaps and continues to show he belongs on the field.

Offensively, the Jags had a ton of encouraging contributions as well. They have to love what they saw this week from fourth-round guard Ben Bartch. It was never going to be an easy transition coming from Division-III football to the NFL, but Bartch has come on of late with only one pressure allowed on 56 pass-blocking snaps.  

Lastly, while it wasn’t quite James Robinson’s day, as he was bottled up outside of a 47-yarder late in the game, Robinson deserves recognition for going over 1,000 yards on the season. He’s catapulted his stock from a UDFA to arguably the best rookie running back in the league.

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