Titans-Jaguars Game Notes

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WINNING IN THE AFC SOUTH: The win at Jacksonville gave the Titans six consecutive victories against AFC South opponents. The Titans have not lost a divisional game since Oct. 1, 2017 at Houston.

WINNING AGAINST THE JAGUARS: The Titans have won three consecutive games over the Jaguars and are 28-20 all-time in the rivalry.

NO TOUCHDOWNS ALLOWED: For the 16th time in the "Titans era" (1999-present), the Titans did not allow their opponents to score a touchdown. The last time an opponent did not reach the end zone against them was Dec. 10, 2017 at Arizona. The last time both the Titans and their opponents did not score a touchdown was a 12-9 win at the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 22, 2017.

TITANS SURRENDER ONLY SIX POINTS: The six points scored by the Jaguars was the lowest total allowed by the Titans since the Dolphins scored three points against the Titans at Miami on Nov. 11, 2012. The six points tied for the ninth-lowest total by a Titans opponent since the beginning of the 1999 season.

JAGUARS RECORD 12 FIRST DOWNS: The Jaguars managed only 12 total first downs (six passing and six rushing), marking the lowest total by a Titans opponent since the Dolphins had 12 first downs on Oct. 8, 2017.

JAGUARS NEVER ENTERED RED ZONE: The Jaguars never entered the red zone (inside the 20) against the Titans. The furthest they went on a drive was Tennessee's 20-yard line. The Jaguars only crossed midfield three times.

LIMITING BIG PLAYS: In their previous game against the New England Patriots, the Jaguars offense put up six plays of at least 20 yards. They did not have a single 20-yard play against the Titans.

NO POINTS ALLOWED IN FIRST QUARTER IN 2018: For the third time in three games this season, the Titans did not allow their opponent to score in the first quarter. They entered the week as one of only four clubs to keep opponents scoreless in the first quarter through the first two weeks of the season.

FIRST-HALF DEFENSE: In the first half, the Titans defense allowed the Jaguars offense only 110 total yards, 65 net passing yards and six first downs. The total yardage was the least by a Titans opponent in the first half since the Titans allowed 64 yards in the opening two quarters at Arizona on Dec. 10, 2017, while the first downs allowed were the fewest by a Titans opponent in the first half since the Cardinals' five in the same game.

SEVEN SACKS IN TWO WEEKS: The Titans defense totaled three sacks against the Jaguars, giving the unit seven sacks in a two-week span. They registered four sacks on Sept. 16 against the Houston Texans.

FIRST SACK OF SEASON FOR WOODYARD: In the first quarter, inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard notched his first sack of the season, dropping Blake Bortles for a four-yard loss. It gave Woodyard 23.5 career sacks in 11 NFL seasons.

SACK BY VACCARO: In the third quarter, safety Kenny Vaccaro recorded his first sack of the season, taking down Blake Bortles for a two-yard loss. Vaccaro now has 8.5 sacks in his six-year NFL career.

BIG PLAY BY CASEY: With less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey provided a key defensive play, sacking Blake Bortles for a four-yard loss. He also forced a fumble on the play, but the ball was recovered by the Jaguars. Casey recorded his third sack of the season, which gave him 42 career sacks—10th in franchise history. He also was credited with his second forced fumble of 2018 and his seventh career forced fumble.

THREE SACKS IN TWO GAMES FOR CASEY: With a pair of sacks on Sept. 16 against Houston and one sack at Jacksonville, Jurrell Casey registered back-to-back games with at least one sack. It marked the fifth time in his eight-year career he recorded two or more consecutive games in the same season with at least one sack.

EVANS STARTS: First-round draft pick Rashaan Evans played on defense for the first time in his career. He made his NFL debut in Week 2 on special teams but didn't play a snap on defense. At Jacksonville, he started at inside linebacker.

TITANS RUSH FOR 150: The Titans recorded 35 carries for 150 yards (4.3 avg.) at Jacksonville. It was their highest rushing yardage total since a 198-yard effort against Houston on Dec. 3, 2017.

MARIOTA ENTERS GAME FOR GABBERT: Blaine Gabbert started at quarterback for Marcus Mariota, who was listed as questionable with a right elbow injury prior to the contest. With 6 minutes and 29 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Gabbert exited with a concussion. Mariota entered the fray and played the remainder of the contest. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 100 yards and a passer rating of 80.8.

GAME-WINNING DRIVE: In the fourth quarter, Marcus Mariota led a 12-play, 65-yard drive that consumed 6 minutes and 42 seconds. It ended with a 28-yard field goal by Ryan Succop, which proved to be the game-winner and gave Mariota 10 career game-winning drives (including playoffs). Mariota has six game-winning drives (including playoffs) since the beginning of the 2017 season.

MARIOTA RUSHING: Marcus Mariota totaled 51 rushing yards on seven attempts at Jacksonville, including three rushing first downs. On third-and-one with 2:31 on the clock in the fourth quarter, he scampered 15 yards for a crucial first down. Mariota's 51 rushing yards made up the fourth-highest total of his career.

CAREER HIGH FOR TAYLOR: Wide receiver Taywan Taylor led the Titans offense with four receptions for 30 yards. His four receptions set a new career high.

TITANS STOP A FAKE: In the first quarter, the Titans stopped a fake punt by the Jaguars. On fourth-and-four, Cody Davis took a direct snap for the Jaguars and handed off to Corey Grant. After initial penetration by Titans defensive back Dane Cruikshank, Grant was forced out of bounds for no gain.

KERN TIES GRIFFIN AND MOON: With his 141st career game with the team, punter Brett Kern tied former safety Michael Griffin and former quarterback Warren Moon for 17th place the franchise's all-time career games list.

SECOND CONSECUTIVE GAME-WINNING FIELD GOAL: For the second consecutive week, Ryan Succop delivered a game-winning field goal. At Jacksonville, he made three of his four attempts, connecting from 39 yards in the first quarter, 36 yards in the third quarter and 28 yards with 4:06 on the clock in the fourth quarter. The latter gave him nine career game-winning field goals and four as a member of the Titans. He also had a game-winner on Sept. 16 against the Houston Texans.

TITANS SNAP JAGS' STREAK: With the win, the Titans snapped the Jaguars' seven-game home winning streak, which included six regular season games and one postseason contest.

PENALTIES DOWN: The Titans were penalized four times for 30 yards, down from their seven penalties in the season opener at Miami and their 11 penalties in Week 2 against Houston.

PAMPHILE SWITCHES SIDES: A week after starting at left tackle, veteran backup Kevin Pamphile started on the right side at Jacksonville. The Titans were playing without starter Jack Conklin and backup swingman Dennis Kelly. It was Pamphile's second career start at right tackle and his 35th career start overall.

PLAYING IN THE HEAT: For the second time in three weeks, the Titans played with a kickoff temperature of 89 degrees, tying for the hottest game in the Titans era. They also did so at Miami on Sept. 9. At Jacksonville, the heat index was 98 degrees (61 percent humidity). The only other Titans era games that were 89 degrees at kickoff were Sept. 25, 2016 against the Oakland Raiders and Oct. 8, 2017 at Miami.

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive list included wide receiver Nick Williams, safety Kendrick Lewis, running back David Fluellen, outside linebacker Kamalei Correa, guard Aaron Stinnie and tackles Jack Conklin and Dennis Kelly. Lewis (foot), Fluellen (groin), Correa (back), Conklin (knee), and Kelly (illness) were listed on the injury report prior to the contest.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3 of the 2018 season on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 at TIAA Bank Field. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

The Tennessee Titans prepare to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3 of the 2018 season on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 at TIAA Bank Field. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)