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NFL Week 12 PFF ReFocused: Tennessee Titans 42, Jacksonville Jaguars 20

Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry led the Tennessee Titans to a 42-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

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Final Score

Tennessee Titans 42, Jacksonville Jaguars 20

Tennessee Titans

The ageless one, Cameron Wake, fed early and often off the left edge, attacking tackle Jawaan Taylor for several pressures before exiting the game late. However, with Jacksonville utilizing a hurry-up offense in the second half, the entire defense shifted to keeping everything in front and fielding minimal pass-rushers.

It was garbage time for the Tennessee defense, and the cleanup tackles were aplenty. The trio of linebacker Jayon Brown, cornerback Adoree Jackson and safety Kevin Byard worked themselves into play after play to score nearly double-digit tackles apiece. Jackson was also, unsurprisingly. heavily involved in defending passes with at least three swatted away.

Ryan Tannehill played a good game in a game manager role with the team having a nice lead for the majority of the afternoon. The highlight of the day for the Titans' passing game was a long touchdown on an in route by receiver AJ Brown that Tannehill hit in stride.

Running back Derrick Henry continued his good campaign with a  day full of forced missed tackles and a long touchdown run in which he ran through arm tackles and accelerated into the end zone. Much of the second half was Tennessee grinding out the clock, so there wasn't too much to see there.

Jacksonville Jaguars

It’s an ominous sign when Leonard Fournette leads the team in targets. This game went from a nail-biter to garbage time desperation within a matter of minutes during the third quarter. With the Titans’ offense pushing the score out of hand, Nick Foles engaged the hurry-up offense with very little success. Foles still felt the reverberations of Wake climbing around the edges during the first half that compelled him to scramble from clean pockets throughout the second half.

Fournette found himself in a strange role against the Titans after the score overwhelmed the Jags. In addition to being fed a healthy amount of carries that netted him two touchdowns, Fournette became the de facto security blanket for Foles’ checkdown campaign. While Fournette nearly eclipsed 100 yards on the ground, much of that yardage came with the game out of hand.

Jacksonville defenders struggled to hold their gaps all day against the Titans' run game en route to another day of looking like an undisciplined defense, which has become a theme over the course of the last couple of seasons.

Calais Campbell was his usual dominant self despite the unit's struggles, but he did make a boneheaded mistake late in the game when he pushed a Tennessee offensive lineman after the whistle.

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