The Titans-Jaguars score wasn’t the big one in the sports world last night. No matter what the Titans-Jaguars score was, it wouldn’t be as big as the ALCS Game 3. Since Tennessee and Jacksonville aren’t the most powerful, well-known teams, this Monday Night showdown didn’t have the hype of a Vikings-Jets clash. Nevertheless, it was technically a battle between two first-place teams in the AFC South. Yet the score didn’t have Jacksonville look like a first-place team in a 30-3 laugher.
In a weekend filled with injuries and hard hits, it was fitting that Week 6 ended with both quarterbacks getting knocked out. Vince Young was the first to go, suffering a left knee sprain in his second series. By then, he had already given Tennessee a 7-0 lead with a touchdown pass.
From then on, the Titans-Jaguars score was never in doubt, as Jacksonville never got going. David Garrard was hit early and often until suffering a concussion in the second quarter. This turned the game into a battle between Kerry Collins and Trent Edwards.
However, Collins is a proven winner for Tennessee, whereas Edwards was a sacrificial lamb in Buffalo. Collins led five scoring drives, while Edwards’ Jacksonville debut had two interceptions. The blowout was typified in the fourth quarter, as the Jaguars had a 16-play, eight-minute drive, and got no points.
The 30-3 blowout leaves a threeway tie in the AFC South between Indianapolis, Houston and Tennessee. Jacksonville is in last place at 3-3, although even that .500 record looks misleading now. This is a team that can look pathetic at times, yet still had enough to upset the Colts weeks ago. Yet the Titans-Jaguars score proved to be more revealing than that upset.
The AFC South is technically the best division in football, with no teams under .500. Yet the Colts have not always looked like themselves, while the Texans have still come up short on big occasions, and no one knows what to expect from the Titans. In this NFL season, even a division with no losing teams doesn’t look that good.
The ugly game between the Titans and Jaguars was perhaps the worst display on Monday Night Football this season, next to the Dolphins’ special teams performance a few weeks back. But the sports world was focused on baseball last night, so few may have noticed as much.
Next Monday night is bound to get more attention, as the Giants visit the soap-opera plagued Cowboys. Meanwhile, Tennessee gets a test against Philadelphia, while Jacksonville heads for Kansas City.
SI.com- “Titans beat Jaguars 30-3 in battle of backup QB’s”