Titans Defense records first home shutdown in two decades
the Tennessee Titans‘The defense set the tone in Sunday’s Week 14 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, forcing four stunning turnovers en route to winning their first home shutout in 21 years (the last game of the 2000 season).
The Tennessee defense pissed off Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence early and often, and it led to an incredibly tough day at the office for Lawrence. The former Clemson quarterback finished just 24 of 40 for 221 passing yards and four interceptions.
In fact, Jacksonville only gained 192 total yards that day.
“This is the first shutout we’ve had at home since 2000,” said Titans head coach Mike Vrabel. noted. “It is certainly something that they [the defense] all wanted. There were guys who finished this game for us and who haven’t had a lot of luck playing this season. It was good to see these guys out there contributing and getting excited. “
The four turnovers were largely created by a plethora of returning faces or newcomers. Veteran cornerback Buster Skrine was signed just three weeks ago with growing injuries in high school and recorded his first interception as a Titan. Vrabel took note.
“Skrine has been an accomplished professional since his arrival”, Vrabel noted. “He’s been a great addition for us.
Linebacker Rashaan Evans returned to the lineup after a six-week absence and started running. Evans had an excellent run stoppage in the first half and later demonstrated excellent hand-eye coordination skills as he intercepted a pass from Lawrence which passed through the hands of Laviska Shenault Jr. Inside linebacker Jayon Brown recorded a clever interception from his side. It was nice to see him force a turnover after a series of disappointing performances in recent weeks. With the arrival of healthy Zach Cunningham and David Long Jr., the Titans have an interesting linebacker room inside. It will be worth watching how they handle this going forward.
With the Titans’ offense capable of slowly but steadily adding points to their side of the scoreboard, the remainder of Sunday’s game for the Tennessee defense was to scramble Lawrence and Jacksonville’s offense as a whole. Tennessee played a clean but unspectacular game offensively, but it was more than enough to get the job done.
With Tennessee’s defensive line steadily winning the line of scrimmage and high school making life difficult for Lawrence, the Jaguars would convert just five first downs and had just 184 net yards by the end of the game. They added several more hits and pressures from the quarterback as a unit. Landry now has a career-high 11 sacks this year.
Tennessee (9-5) should feel good about himself as he prepares to face the Pittsburgh Steelers next week. Stay tuned to MCM for any updates ahead of this one.