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Report: Darnell Dockett, Kerry Rhodes involved in “on-field incident” Sunday

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It seems the Cardinals are starting to feel the strain of losing eight straight games.

Arizona Sports/KTAR Radio is reporting that defensive end Darnell Dockett and safety Kerry Rhodes were involved in an “on-field incident” near the end of Sunday’s 7-6 loss to the Jets. There aren’t any details of what went on during the “incident,” but whatever happened will reportedly lead to disciplinary action against Dockett. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was a guest on the station Monday, but he offered no insight when asked about what happened.

“We generally prefer to keep internal matters like that within the team and not discuss them publicly,” Whisenhunt said. “I think we’re going to continue to do that going forward.”

Darren Urban of the team’s website writes that he’s unaware of anything happening between the players, although he does acknowledge that Dockett intimated something had happened while speaking with another reporter. Dockett didn’t go into any details, though, so it doesn’t provide much insight into what went down.

It’s a bad situation in Arizona, so it’s not surprising to hear about players losing their temper as the season continues to swirl down the drain. There aren’t any signs that things are going to get any better either, and that may mean it’s not Whisenhunt’s problem too much longer.

UPDATE 9:28 p.m. ET:  PFT has learned that Dockett spat in Rhodes’ face during an argument over whether to let the Jets score late in the 7-6 score.

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With Matt Jones injured, Redskins add a running back

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 16: Running back Matt Jones #31 of the Washington Redskins carries the ball against defensive end Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter at FedExField on October 16, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Running back Matt Jones didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday because of a knee injury, which doesn’t bode well for his chances of playing when the Redskins meet the Bengals in London on Sunday.

Neither does the news that the Redskins have promoted a running back from their practice squad. The team announced on Friday morning that they have added Mack Brown to their 53-man roster.

Brown spent time on the team’s practice squad last year as well and has never played in the regular season. He did make a push for a roster spot with 149 rushing yards in the preseason finale and an NFL-high 227 rushing yards over the entire preseason, but got cut in favor of Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson.

Both of those backs remain on hand and are set to play this weekend. If Jones’ situation didn’t take a major turn for the better on the flight over to London, Brown will likely be joining them in the lineup.

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C.J. Anderson declares surgery “a super success”

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NFL players almost always refer to every surgery as “a success.” Broncos running back C.J. Anderson has gone a bit further than that.

Anderson, who had surgery to repair a torn meniscus on Thursday, wrote on Twitter this morning that his surgery was not just a success but “a super success.”

“Surgery was a super success been resting all day. FaceTime all my teammates got some good laughs #blessed love them boys,” Anderson wrote.

It remains to be seen whether that “super success” will be enough to get Anderson back on the field this season. Although Anderson initially disputed a report yesterday that he had already declared himself out until 2017, he later acknowledged that he might miss the rest of the year.

The Broncos’ starting running back, Anderson has 110 carries for 437 yards and four touchdowns this season. Rookie Devontae Booker, who has shown a lot of promise as Anderson’s backup, will now be Denver’s starting running back. Kapri Bibbs will move up to No. 2 on the depth chart, and Juwan Thompson could be called up from the practice squad.

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Will Khan make a coaching change?

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 18: Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan watches the action before the game against the Houston Texans at EverBank Field on October 18, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) Getty Images

I know, I know. Jaguars owner Shad Khan said after Thursday night’s more-hideous-than-their-jerseys loss to the Titans that he’s not making a coaching change.

But let’s think about this one for a second. What else under those circumstances could Khan have said?

“Yes, I am. Now please don’t tell Gus until I get a chance to”?

“Maybe. Maybe not”?

Even a “no comment” would have sparked widespread speculation that the bell is tolling for Gus Bradley, without Khan having the chance to give his head coach the courtesy of a meeting at which Bradley doesn’t already know what the message will be — or without Khan having the chance to make sure the preferred interim coach will take the job. Which means that “no” was the only possible answer, regardless of whether it’s the true answer.

Maybe the hint came via this succinct elaboration from Khan: “Actions speak louder than words. Very little for me to say.”

The words are what they are. The actions are what matters, and Khan in the immediate aftermath of one of the ugliest games of Bradley’s 55-game tenure really can’t say anything more on the topic of a possible coaching change than to deny it.

Change or not, wins will be hard to come by for the Jaguars over the final nine games of the season.  At Kansas City is next, which means 2-5 becomes 2-6. A visit from the Texans means 2-7, probably. Then, back-to-back games at Detroit (2-8) and Buffalo (2-9) are on the docket.

Next up, visits from the Broncos (2-10) and the Vikings (2-11).

Tennessee comes to town on Christmas Eve, which could be the next game in which the Jags are possibly favored. A season-ending trip to Indy could be the difference between 2-14, 3-13, or 4-12.

Either way, the wheels have flown off the wagon, and it will take a major turnaround to get this one back on track — especially after the effort or lack thereof that anyone who had the misfortune of watching last night’s game witnessed.

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Friday morning one-liners

Seattle Seahawks NFL football cornerback Richard Sherman talks to reporters while dressed as a wizard from the Harry Potter movie and book series, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, at Seahawks headquarters in Renton, Wash. From Sunday night to Monday morning, Sherman was suffering from dehydration and fatigue on the flight back to Seattle after being on the field for nearly 100 plays and more than 46 minutes of game time in the Seahawks' 6-6 tie with the Arizona Cardinals. (Stephen Cohen/ via AP) AP

The Bills could use better work from their offensive line.

Larry Csonka likes the direction the Dolphins running game has taken the last couple of weeks.

Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower likes the way defensive tackles Alan Branch and Malcom Brown have played.

CB Darrelle Revis believes he’s played better in the last couple of weeks than he did early in the Jets season.

Who is the MVP of the Ravens season thus far?

Bengals RT Cedric Ogbuehi will be tasked with slowing Ryan Kerrigan this Sunday.

Browns WR Terrelle Pryor is looking forward to facing Darrelle Revis.

LB Jarvis Jones is starting to make an impact for the Steelers.

S Quintin Demps is closer to returning for the Texans.

C Ryan Kelly has fulfilled many of the expectations the Colts had when they took him in the first round.

Decent final numbers can’t cover another bad night for Jaguars QB Blake Bortles.

Said Titans RB Derrick Henry of his first NFL touchdown, “It felt good. It’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

The Broncos are dealing with a long injury report this week.

S Ron Parker has been a stabilizing force for the Chiefs defense.

The Raiders defense could get a pair of reinforcements in the coming weeks.

RB Melvin Gordon has taken over as the man in the Chargers backfield.

Said Cowboys G Ron Leary, “We pride ourselves in the front five and Philly prides themselves in the front seven. We’ve got a lot of respect for them and it’s going to be a good game.”

Giants rookie S Darian Thompson is itching to get back on the field.

How will the Eagles use S Malcolm Jenkins against the Cowboys?

The Redskins say there’s no rift on their defense.

The return of QB Jay Cutler to the Bears lineup could be a good thing for WR Alshon Jeffery.

Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin explained why his unit has struggled on third downs.

Punt returns haven’t been a strength for the Packers.

LB Chad Greenway thinks the Vikings will respond well after their first loss of the year.

K Matt Bryant is four points away from becoming the Falcons’ all-time leading scorer.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera reminisced about a dinner with late Cubs announcer Harry Carey.

The Saints are still waiting for T Terron Armstead to get healthy.

The Buccaneers need to cut down on explosive plays allowed.

Are the Cardinals overworking RB David Johnson?

Mike Martz has fond memories of his days coaching the Rams.

The 49ers are on a bad trajectory this season.

J.K. Rowling liked seeing Seahawks CB Richard Sherman dressed up like Harry Potter.

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For Panthers secondary, any good news is welcome

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18:  Head coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers checks the scoreboard against the San Francisco 49ers in the 2nd quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

Considering how inexperienced in the secondary they were to start the year, and then how thin they became after injuries, it doesn’t take much for the Panthers to see tangible improvement there.

So getting a key cornerback back had coach Ron Rivera feeling good about things.

“He’s progressed very well,” Rivera said, via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review. “We’re pretty excited about him right now.”

Of course, the “him” in question is veteran nickel Leonard Johnson, who has made it through four straight practices in his comeback from Achilles surgery, and could be activated from the non-football injury list today or tomorrow.

Johnson, who spent three years in Tampa Bay and played four games for the Patriots last year, isn’t the kind of name that normally makes a coach light up. But considering the mess the Panthers secondary became when they replaced Josh Norman with three rookies and then injuries began to mount there, getting Johnson back is a relative boost.

They’re still unsure whether the best of the rookies (second-round pick James Bradberry) will be ready to come back from his turf toe injury, which has cost him the last two games. If he can’t go, the Panthers will be trying to stop their slide against the Cardinals with some combination of third-rounder Daryl Worley, Robert McClain and perhaps Johnson.


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Jason Witten says Tony Romo looked “rejuvenated” in practice

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 02:   Injured quarterback Tony Romo #8 of the Dallas Cowboys talks with receiver Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys on the sidelines during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

It’s still very unclear when or if Tony Romo will be back on the field.

But just having him back on the practice field was a welcome sight for the Cowboys yesterday, as he took part on a limited basis in his first day of work since breaking bones in his back on Aug. 25. Thursday was the nine-week mark of a recovery pegged between six to 10 weeks. He’s not going to play this week against the Eagles, and the Cowboys didn’t want to get too far down that road considering how well rookie replacement Dak Prescott’s playing.

“I don’t think we knew exactly how long or still know how long it will be,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said, via Todd ARcher of “I’m sure he’s been chomping at the bit to get back out there, but he’s got to listen to the doctors, trainers and his body and just don’t be impatient. Just get better on a daily basis.”

Linehan stuck closely to “We’re just getting ready to play this game this week,” in terms of Romo’s future, but it was hard for those who have known Romo the longest to not be a little excited.

“He looks good. Young 9 out there throwing it,” veteran tight end Jason Witten said. “He looks rejuvenated. As I say, he brought a lot of energy. It’s always good to have him back out there. I know he’s worked hard to come back and excited to see him take that next step of going on the field.”

When he takes the next step as a starter again is anyone’s guess.

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Tyrann Mathieu: I’m still a step behind

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Free safety Tyrann Mathieu #32 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals and Seahawks tied 6-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

After opening the year only playing free safety for the Cardinals, Tyrann Mathieu back into his role as a slot corner a few weeks ago in hopes of starting to have the same kind of impact on games that he had before tearing his ACL last season.

When Mathieu was playing safety, he wasn’t in the thick of things the way he is when he’s playing corner and that means he wasn’t being tested by opposing offenses anywhere near as often as he had been in the past. That’s changed with the move back to the slot and Mathieu says the tests he’s facing have shown him that he’s still not 100 percent back to form.

“It will probably be that way until I start making plays,” Mathieu said, via the Arizona Republic. “Drag routes, pick routes, drive routes, they just want to see if I can explode and be able to get from Point A to Point B. A lot of teams are going to attack me like that. … What hurts the most is when you know what teams are going to do and you can’t stop them. I know it’s coming and I’m still a step behind.”

Mathieu feels like the brace he’s wearing on his right knee is part of the problem, saying it “restricts me a lot” but that he doesn’t want to take it off too soon and leave himself vulnerable to another injury.

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Titans feel like a statement was made with dominant win

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 27:  Delanie Walker #82 of the Tennessee Titans congratulates teammate Kendall Wright #13 on scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at Nissan Stadium on October 27, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) Getty Images

It’s easy to look at last night’s Titans win over the Jaguars (such that it was easy to look at) as a case of a bad team rolling over on the road.

But the Titans had something to do with it too, and now that they’re 4-4, they’re feeling pretty good about themselves.

I think it speaks loudly,’’ veteran tight end Delanie Walker said, via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website. “I think everyone saw how we felt coming in at halftime, and how we felt coming in after the game. I know they are not blind.

“I think they understand this is the way we need to play every week. . . . Guys like this feeling.”

Of course, it’s hard to separate the conditional — It was against the Jaguars — but it was a strong performance on a number of levels. Quarterback Marcus Mariota was efficient (148.1 passer rating), but they ran for 214 yards, with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry establishing the personality they want to show.

“It is hard to run the ball in this league, and it is definitely hard to run for 200 yards,’’ Murray said. “We have a good team, and we all believe in that and we have all said that all along. Just to see the three phases play collectively well throughout the night, obviously it wasn’t perfect.

“But to have that game, it was huge for us going forward.”

They now exceeded last year’s win total (three) and have as many wins as the division leader (the 4-3 Texans). Even though it’s not the best division in the NFL, somebody from the AFC South is going to get invited to the playoffs. And as easy as it is to dismiss the division, the Titans at least made a statement that they’re a serious threat to win it.

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Aaron Williams to decide playing future in offseason

BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 16:  Torrey Smith #82 of the San Francisco 49ers breaks free of  Aaron Williams #23 of the Buffalo Bills for a touchdown during the first half at New Era Field on October 16, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) Getty Images

On Thursday, Bills coach Rex Ryan confirmed that there were long-term concerns about safety Aaron Williams‘ neck after he was injured for the second time in as many seasons during last Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

Ryan didn’t specify how long Williams will be out, but it didn’t sound like there was great hope that Williams will be back in the lineup anytime soon. There’s also a chance that Williams won’t be returning at all, although that won’t be known for a while.

Williams’ father told the Associated Press that his son will make a decision about continuing his playing career in the offseason. Anthony Williams said that they haven’t talked about retirement yet, but his son was open this offseason about the possibility that he’d have to walk away from the game after having neck surgery and this year’s plan to “make the best decision that’s right for him” will obviously include an end to his playing days.

The 2011 second-round pick has spent his entire career with the Bills, seeing action in 59 games and establishing himself as a starter before the neck injuries that now cloud his future.

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Which game are you most looking forward to watching this weekend?

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16:  Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys attempts a pass against the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

The game we all were least looking forward to watching has come and, thankfully, gone. So we can now focus on the rest of Week Eight, and specifically the game we’re much more excited about watching.

That’s the subject of Friday’s PFT Live question of the day.

Make your choice from the options listed below, complain in the comments about the games that were omitted, and then before watching the games on Sunday check out the last show of the week, featuring a visit from Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry.

The show gets started at 6:00 a.m. on NBC Sports Radio, and the simulcast begins at 7:00 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

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Gus Bradley says Jaguars need “some soul searching”

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley talks to defensive tackle Richard Ash, left, in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) AP

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said after last night’s blowout loss to the Titans that his team needs to look within itself and address why this season has gone so poorly.

“This is some soul searching. We need to find out what’s the issue,” Bradley said. “I think all of us are frustrated in our play.”

Bradley acknowledged that his players came out not looking like they were playing very hard, but he was unsure what he could have done differently to get them ready.

“It wasn’t good enough, obviously,” Bradley said. “We looked like we got punched in the mouth and we didn’t respond real well. All of us take responsibility. There are some coaching things and some playing things.”

Jaguars owner Shad Khan indicated after the game that he doesn’t plan to fire Bradley, and so Bradley will get plenty of time to figure out how to clean up this mess. He has some soul searching of his own to do.

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Jaguars owner Shad Khan says no coaching change for Jaguars

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 27:  Head coach Gus Bradley watches from the sideline during a game against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Nissan Stadium on October 27, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) Getty Images

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan met with coaches and players this week in an attempt to figure out just why his team was not winning more football games.

The Jaguars responded with an absolute dud Thursday night in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans. Jacksonville fell behind 27-0 in the first half. Dante Fowler Jr. picked up a personal foul for a pseudo punch to an Titans player just four days after Mailk Jackson (personal foul accumulation) and Jalen Ramsey (fighting) were ejected against Oakland.

Head coach Gus Bradley is now 14-41 during his tenure in Jacksonville. With 10 days before the Jaguars have to play again, the question is whether Khan would look to make a change at head coach.

According to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, Khan said there will not be a coaching change following Thursday night’s 36-22 loss.

However, Khan also said “actions speak louder than words. Very little for me to say.”

Unless something drastic changes, Bradley’s time in Jacksonville would seem to be running short. Changing coaches in season likely won’t do anything significant and a real change won’t realistically be possible until January at the earliest. But having your previous head coach, Mike Mularkey, hand your team a beat down like the Jaguars experienced Thursday night can’t sit well with Khan.

There’s enough talent on the roster now that Jacksonville should be beyond these types of performances. If they can’t make a change with Bradley at the helm, they’ll probably be making changes without him in the near future.

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Russell Wilson expecting to play against Saints despite pectoral injury

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks throws a pass during the second half of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals and Seahawks tied 6-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has sustained three separate injuries in the first six games of the regular season. Just like the previous two, Wilson doesn’t expect his newest ailment from keeping him out of the lineup.

Wilson has been a limited participant in practice the last two days for Seattle after suffering a right pectoral injury in last week’s tie with the Arizona Cardinals. That injury is in addition to a high-ankle sprain from Week 1 and a sprained MCL in Week 3. Nevertheless, Wilson expects to be starting as usual Sunday in New Orleans.

“It’s a little sore but I think we’ll be fine and get over it and just continue to rehab at the highest level as much as I can,” Wilson said on Thursday.

“It’s not crazy bad or anything like that, just treat it as much as I can, try to be smart this week.”

The injury has forced Wilson to be limited in a practice for the first time in his five-year career. The knee injury remains on the injury report as well. Wilson said that he was initially told that injury would keep him out for four weeks.

“I’ve had a pretty relatively serious injury with my knee,” Wilson said. “They told me I wasn’t supposed to play for four weeks, maybe longer. You just overcome it. I’d be lying to you if I said my mobility was 100 percent but I feel really good right now.”

Wilson is just coming out of that four-week window now. He sustained the knee injury on Sept. 25 and was never limited or absent from a practice due to the injury. Wilson joked that at least his ankle is no longer listed on the injury report.

“I’m just trying to be smart when I’m throwing,” he said. “I can definitely throw it if I needed to, hard or whatever if I needed to. It’s just trying to pace it out. Like I said, I’m not playing until Sunday, so that’s a good thing.”

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Jaguars offer little defense as Titans roll to victory

Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) beats Jacksonville Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien (37) to the end zone as Murray scores a touchdown on a 14-yard run in the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) AP

The Jaguars were awful Thursday night. The Titans simply lined up and ran right past them.

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota threw a couple touchdown passes, too. The Titans thoroughly dominated on both sides and won, 36-22, picking up a much-needed victory to get back to .500 on the season.

It was 27-0 at halftime.

It’s fair to wonder if Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, who’s now 14-41, will still be employed this weekend. Near the midway point of the second quarter, the Jaguars had 29 total yards and 50 penalty yards.

At halftime, the Titans had 354 yards and the Jaguars had 60. Two of the Jaguars’ touchdowns came in the final four minutes of fourth quarter, long after the game had been decided.

The Titans rolled up 25 first downs, 20 in the first half, and converted nine of their first 13 third-down chances.

Titans running back DeMarco Murray ran for 123 yards and a touchdown. He gave the Titans a brief scare when he went to the locker room with a foot injury late in the first half but returned for the third quarter. He wasn’t needed for the fourth.

Mariota’s touchdown passes went to Kendall Wright and Rishard Matthews. Mariota was 18-of-22 passing for 270 yards. The Titans also rushed for 214 yards.

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles threw three touchdown passes in the second half. He did what he’s often done, ending up with 337 passing yards while playing from behind after a horrendous start. Bortles tied a franchise record with 54 passing attempts.

The Titans improve to 4-4 and are at the Chargers on Nov. 6. The Jaguars are 2-5 and are at the Chiefs on Nov. 6

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Murray returns, Titans score again

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) scrambles away from Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson, left, in the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney) AP

Titans running back DeMarco Murray returned to Thursday night’s game in the second half.

He left the field late in the second quarter with a foot injury. Murray went over 100 yards rushing on the night early in the third quarter.

The Jaguars haven’t put up much of a fight, but they did drive 75 yards for a touchdown on the opening series of the second half. The Jaguars had 60 total yards in the first half; the Titans had 354.

Marcus Mariota’s second touchdown pass of the night made it 33-8 a little over midway through the third quarter.

The Jaguars scored on a touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to tight end Julius Thomas. They got six first downs on the touchdown drive after having three first downs in the entire first half.

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