The Cleveland Browns won a game for the first time in 635 days.
The Miami Dolphins are 3-0, leading the AFC East because the New England Patriots have lost two of their first three games for the first time since 2012.
Lost in the mixture of these game headlines, The Jacksonville Jaguars actually lost on Sunday with score demonstrating both offenses were not in full attack mode.
Marcus Mariota not fully healthy jumped off the bench with the “S” on his chest and directed three scoring drives filling in for Blaine Gabbert, including one in the fourth quarter, and the Tennessee Titans shocked the Jaguars 9-6 Sunday for their third straight victory in the series. Mariota improved to 5-2 against Jacksonville, his most wins against any opponent.
Titans’ win gives them important AFC South divisions win on the road. Both teams are currently 2-1, the score may come into question however it is the win that currently places the Titans in first place since both teams offensively were missing in action.
“We’ve got to not hurt ourselves, especially the way our defense is and the way we play,” Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles said. “We’ve got to score one touchdown to win the game. To go out there and score six points in four quarters, that’s bad as an offense.
Jaguars looked lost most of the afternoon on one side of the ball, failing to score an offensive touchdown against Tennessee for the second time in as many games. Titans showcased a smart defensive scheme to spy on Bortles making him ineffective for only 155 total yards and sacked three times.
Fournette missed his second straight game because of a strained right hamstring. Jacksonville ran for 87 yards and lost for the first time in five games without him.
For the Titans, Mariota sat out last week’s victory against Houston because of an elbow injury sustained in the season opener. He was still experiencing arm weakness along with numbness and tingling in two fingers this week. Mariota, who wore a glove on his injured right hand, replaced Gabbert who suffered a concussion in the first quarter.
Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell left the game in the fourth quarter with a right ankle injury. He had his ankle and his right knee wrapped in ice after the game. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus left briefly in the second half with a shoulder injury.
The Jaguars were served a nice slice of humble pie after a convincing victory over the New England Patriots last week.
There are wounded bodies on both sides of the ball for the Jaguars, however, it is still early in the season. Coach Doug Marrone should remain aggressive with the play calling even though he was unsuccessful on a fake punt early in the game.
Jaguars Linebacker Telvin Smith even blamed the defense, saying “we say we’re the best; we’ve got to go out and be the best.”
The beat goes on, Titans return home to take on defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday. Jaguars complete a three-game homestand against the New York Jets next Sunday.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold takes his talents to Duval. Darnold, leads all rookies with 701 pass yards. Has 56 completions through week three, most by Jets rookie QB in his first three games of the season in team history. Series is tied 6-6 between both teams.