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NFL Week 2 PFF ReFocused: Tennessee Titans 33, Jacksonville Jaguars 30

Minshew Mania is still alive and well in Jacksonville, but it was not enough to lead the Jacksonville Jaguars over the Tennessee Titans in an AFC South divisional bout. 

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Stephen Gostkowski came up in the clutch for the Titans for the second week in a row — nailing a 49-yard field goal with 1:36 left in the game — after missing his first three field goals of the 2020 season.

Story of the Game

The Titans started this one off hot with a 61-yard pass to tight end Jonnu Smith. Ryan Tannehill then found Smith again for a 13-yard touchdown reception and hit Corey Davis for another after an interception on the Jaguars opening drive. 

Minshew answered quickly, leading the Jags on an eight-play, 75-yard drive with a touchdown pass to Tyler Eifert to cap it off. The Titans expanded their lead with another Tannehill-Smith connection and took a 24-10 lead into the half. 

Minshew brought the Jags all the way back, however, leading three-straight touchdown drives in the second half and tying the game at 30-30. The Titans were able to give Gostkowski a chance to take the lead late, and Minshew's attempted game-winning drive fell short thanks to a batted pass  at the line of scrimmage that was tipped and intercepted by Harold Landry

Minshew threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns — the first time in his career he hit both marks. Tannehill completed 75% of his passes for 239 yards and four TDs. Tannehill’s big day came without the Titans’ star wideout A.J. Brown, who missed the game with a bruised knee. 

Rookie Watch

The Jaguars showed that they have faith in their young talent, as rookies Laviska Shenault and James Robinson were catalysts on offense. Robinson was the leading rusher among all players, racking up 102 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown; 68 of Robinson’s rushing yards came after contact. Shenault showed off his versatility by catching three passes for 35 yards and rushing for 37 yards on five carries. 

Sep 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (30) stores on a touchdown run during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

On the defensive side of the ball, rookie corners Kristian Fulton and C.J. Henderson led all rookies in total snaps played. Fulton intercepted Minshew on the Jaguars opening drive to set the Titans up for their second score of the game. Henderson led all rookies in tackles and had one pass break up on the day. 

Another SEC rookie, K'lavon Chaisson, got to Tannehill for his first career sack. Davon Hamilton was on the field for 26 snaps for Jacksonville, while Chris Claybrooks played only seven defensive snaps. Chris Jackson (38) and Larrell Murchison (15) saw a decent amount of defensive snaps for the Titans, as well.

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