JAX-TEN Grades: O-line comes up short in Titans' loss
Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Jaguars’ 19-13 victory over the Titans:
– A poor interception with 10 minutes remaining looked like it might prevent Blake Bortles (+2.0) from winning consecutive games for the first time in his career, but the Jaguars’ starter was able to capitalize on a big special teams play to bring Jacksonville level on wins with Houston and Indianapolis. Throwing over the middle and to his left, Bortles threw only one incompletion all game long (a pass breakup by Brian Orakpo (+1.5) early in the game). Aside from that he went 15-of-16 for 174 yards, earning a PFF passing grade of +3.8 on passes not aimed outside the right numbers.
– Consistency has not been the name of the game for Jared Odrick (+3.5) in his first season for the Jaguars, but last night was his third impact performance of the season, and by that measure, the Jags are getting a lot of bang for their buck. Of his 14 pressures this season, Odrick has racked up eight of them in three games, also racking up nine of his 14 stops in those same three games. Joe Looney and Byron Bell were his chief victims last night, and if the Jags are to make good on their opportunity for a playoff run, they will need more performances like this from the former Dolphin.
– Putting together a more consistent debut season in Jacksonville is Davon House, who earned his third straight game with a coverage grade of +1.0 or higher, breaking up a pass in his eighth straight game. House yielded only a solitary catch for 9 yards last night. Coming off a two-interception performance against the Ravens, House has surrendered 56 percent of his passing yards for the season in only two games (vs. Houston, at Baltimore).
DE Jared Odrick (+3.5)
WLB Telvin Smith (+3.4)
WR Allen Robinson (+2.8)
DT Roy Miller (+2.6)
S John Cyprien (+2.3)
– After missing two starts due to injury, Marcus Mariota (+2.5) has returned in strong form, running off his third solid start in a row in last night’s defeat. Ultimately coming up short on Andre Branch’s (-1.1) sack on the final play of the game after slipping through the pocket, Mariota had controlled his passing on short and intermediate passes, particularly over the middle of the field (13-of-17, 136 yards). Mariota capped that off with a terrific effort on his touchdown run, outrunning the angles of the Jacksonville defense and taking out CBS’ “Pylon Cam” to give Tennessee the lead midway through the third
– The Titans’ starting defensive linemen controlled the line of scrimmage up front, playing their part in some stuttering red zone and goal-to-go rushing for the Jacksonville offense. DaQuan Jones (+1.4), Sammie Lee Hill (+1.4), and Jurrell Casey (+3.7) all earned positive run defense grades, sharing eight defensive stops between them.
– The interior of the Titans’ offensive line continues to prove problematic with Joe Looney (-1.3), Chance Warmack (-1.9) and backup center Andy Gallik (-6.0) all earning negative grades for the third time since Gallik replaced the injury Brian Schwenke. A combined 11 pressures were surrendered by the trio, and Gallik was particularly poor as a run blocker (-4.9), consistently struggling to control Roy Miller (+2.6), forcing runs to the edge which Antonio Andrews (+0.9) mitigated by evading tackles to pick up solid gains.
TE Delanie Walker (+3.8)
DE Jurrell Casey (+3.7)
TE Craig Stevens (+2.6)
QB Marcus Mariota (+2.5)
ILB Avery Williamson (+1.6)