Jacksonville Jaguars suffer 37-19 loss to Tennessee Titans to drop to 0-5
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — There was a moment in Sunday's game when Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer looked joyous.
It came early in the first quarter when running back James Robinson found an opening between a crowd of Tennessee Titans defenders to cross the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown early in the first quarter.
In delight, Meyer raised both of his arms from the sideline once he saw the officials signal touchdown.
Other than running back Robinson's stellar performance, Meyer did not have much else to smile about after watching his team lose 37-19 to the AFC South rival Titans to drop to 0-5, extending their losing streak to 20 consecutive games since last season.
The Jaguars are now just six losses from matching the 1976-77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 26-game losing streak, the longest in modern NFL history.
But that statistic was probably the furthest thing on Meyer's mind Sunday.
It was the culmination of a rocky week for Meyer that involved two viral videos surfacing that showed a young woman dancing close to his lap and another showing him touch the same woman's bottom.
Last Tuesday, owner Shad Khan released a statement calling Meyer's conduct inexcusable and needs to regain their trust and respect.
Though Meyer was a distraction for the entire week, the Jaguars vowed they were 100 percent focused on preparing for the Titans.
However, the Jaguars' defense allowed a 17-point second quarter spurt by the Titans and trailed by a 31-13 deficit early in the third quarter.
Here are five takeaways from Sunday's game between the Jaguars and Titans.
Unable to catch a break
Probably the defining moment of the season came with just more than 10 minutes left in the game. The Jaguars had a 4th-and-1 play from the goal line after it was ruled quarterback Trevor Lawrence was stopped short of the goal line when his knee hit the ground on a scramble. But instead of trying another quarterback sneak or getting the ball in James Robinson's hand, Carlos Hyde got the carry and tried to go around right end but was dropped for a 3-yard loss.
James Robinson shines
Robinson had 100 yards of rushing before the end of the second quarter. A big chunk of it came on a 58-yard scamper on the Jaguars' second drive of the game. He was quick getting around the corner and raced though holes inside. He was the Jaguars' most consistent big-play threat, finishing with a game-high 149 yards rushing with 18 carries, averaged 8.3 yards per carry.
Kicking woes remain
Matthew Wright missed a PAT kick on the Jaguars' first scoring drive. And late in the second quarter, Wright's 53-yard attempt hit off the crossbar. The Jaguars are 0-4 on field goals this year. Wright beat out Josh Lambo in an open competition this past week in practice.
Lawrence did what he could
Trevor Lawrence did what he could, but he rarely had a clean pocket. During the opening minute of the game, he completed a 5-yard pass to tight end Dan Arnold. However, Arnold fumbled after the catch that Titans safety Kevin Byard recovered and returned 30 yards for a touchdown. Lawrence tried to extend plays with his legs, running seven times for 28 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars receivers had problems getting separation for most of the game. Laviska Shenault didn't catch his first pass until the fourth quarter, but it went for 58 yards.
Vulnerable to big play again
The Jaguars' defense, especially their secondary, had a rough go of things. They had too many coverage breakdowns that led to big plays for the Titans and they wore down after halftime in their attempt to limit Yulee native Derrick Henry, who scored three touchdowns. Henry's longest run in the first half was just 6 yards but he ended the rushing for 130 yards on 29 carries, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. In a physical game game from the start, Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack was forced out in the second half with a back injury.