Jacksonville Jaguars. (credit: Shane Lambert.)
There was a party scene in Jacksonville last night but it quickly went quiet as Tennessee put the hurt on the Jags.
Jacksonville, Florida was the scene for Monday Night Football last night and a large contingent of fans showed up for the nationally televised game. In the moments preceding the start of the game the crowd was totally pumped but then Tennessee scored on their opening drive and things went pretty quiet.
They did not stay quiet however but the Jacksonville fans who were sitting in my section were mainly angry about the coaching although they realized that there were a whole lot of problems with the team. What drew a lot of derogatory remarks was an early play in the game where the Jags, after getting penalized, were facing a 1st and 20 situation.
Normally in that situation you like to pass the ball but the Jags rushed for an almost meaningless 2 yards to set up a 2nd and 18 situation before punting soon afterwards.
The cussing that soon followed from numerous fans, including seemingly pleasant middle aged women, really attested to a general discontent among the Jacksonville fan base.
The Jaguars are 3-3 on the year and that means their season is not a write-off yet but you still can't feel great about this team at all. They dropped last night's game by 27 points and their net points on the year is a dismal -57, the third worst in the entire NFL.
With Tennessee's Vince Young having to leave last night's game in the first quarter Jacksonville seemed to have a fighting chance. However turnovers played a big role in costing the Jags their opportunity to put up a home win and the fans left in droves at the end of the third quarter.
They might have been better off leaving at the end of the second quarter however as even the half time show fireworks left a lot to be desired.
Jeff Fisher really knows what he is doing with his Tennessee team on the other hand and with 3 road wins this year, you have to think that the Titans could end up division winners. Missing Young could hurt but Collins was effective last night in relief so we'll have to see how that plays out.
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