Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ten Takeaways from Loss at Tennessee

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ten Takeaways from Loss at Tennessee

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Ten takeaways from the Jaguars' 15-10 loss at Tennessee on Sunday:

1. The Jaguars' defense played well against the run (3 yards per carry), but one area of sloppiness: Missed tackles. We booked the Jaguars for nine missed tackles. Strong safety Barry Church was critical of himself for missing "at least" three tackles and his estimate was accurate. He was the only player with multiple missed tackles. The Jaguars missed two tackles on Derrick Henry's 66-yard screen pass-turned-touchdown to start the scoring. Cornerback A.J. Bouye missed at the Titans' 47 and nose tackle Eli Ankou dove and missed at the Jaguars' 45.

2. The run defense was particularly lights out at the line of scrimmage. The Titans had 16 rushes that gained 2 or fewer yards (out of 39 attempts). Tennessee lost yardage on six rushing plays. Free safety Tashaun Gipson had three tackles for lost yardage according to our game charting and defensive end Calais Campbell had two.

3. The Jaguars rushed five or more defenders at Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota on 10 of 29 drop-backs (34.5 percent). It equaled the highest blitz rate of the season for the Jaguars (Week 1 at Houston). Mariota was 4-of-5 passing for 25 yards against extra pressure, but two of the Jaguars' three sacks came on five-man rushes. Getting sacks for the Jaguars were Ankou, Church/Dante Fowler and Marcell Dareus. Those were our only charted knockdowns of Mariota. We charted five pressures of Mariota.

4. It took until Game 16, but Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey finally blitzed. It was on a third-and-7 play and Ramsey rushed with linebackers Myles Jack and Telvin Smith. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue dropped into zone coverage and stopped receiver Eric Decker on a 5-yard reception.

5. Tennessee rushed five or more players on nine of quarterback Blake Bortles' 35 drop-backs (25. …

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