JACKSONVILLE FL - OCTOBER 18: Running back Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at EverBank Field on October 18 2010 in Jacksonville Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Chris Johnson Runs For Stat-Padding Touchdown To Seal Titans 30-3 Win Over Jaguars

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Titans Vs. Jaguars: Tennessee Dedicates Final Drive To Chris Johnson's Stat Line

Let it be known that Titans coach Jeff Fisher cares more about keeping his running back happy than sparing your feelings. While those who look at Chris Johnson's final stat line might assume he had an overall solid game against Jacksonville, it was on Tennessee's last clock killing drive that Johnson put up a large chunk of his stats.

With the Titans leading 23-3 with six minutes to go, Fisher ran Johnson seven times, on which the rusher gained 66 yards and scored his only touchdown of the night. That figure represents almost as much total yardage as he had the rest of the game.

While there are those who might carp that Fisher was trying to run up the score, the Jaguars knew what was coming at them late in the game and were finally unable to stop Johnson, when the only interest on his mind was piling up yardage.


Titans Vs. Jaguars: Let The Merciful Clock Bleeding Begin


The Titans closed out the third quarter with a 12-play, 55-yard field goal drive that took about eight minutes off the clock. And so a grueling, plodding and generally listless prime time contest gets that much closer to completion.

That might sound a touch presumptive with 7 minutes left in regulation, but the man responsible for a 20-point comeback, were one to occur, is Trent Edwards. A Jaguars win here would be hailed as one of the more improbable in Monday night history. Though it would introduce at least some element of excitement to this game.

Oh, and the Jaguars are huddling and running up the gut inside the Titans' 10 down three scores.


Titans Vs. Jags: Trent Edwards Appears, Leads Late Long Jags Drive That Nets Nothing

In what was a showdown of 3-2 teams with a share of first place on the line in the AFC South is taking on a tone of an unintentional late preseason game. Both starting quarterbacks have left the Monday night game with injuries. The only persisting theme is that the Titans are in near complete control of the game.

Former Bills starting quarterback Trent Edwards took over for a banged up and generally ineffective David Garrard. Edwards was actually pretty good in limited action, completing six of nine passes for 55 yards. He lead the Jaguars on their only drive into the Titans' red zone, but Marcedes Lewis fumbled after a short reception to prevent Jacksonville from getting on the board.

If something were to happen to Trent Edwards, tight end Zach Miller would be the emergency third quarterback. Garrard hasn't been ruled out from returning, but it remains unclear what exactly his injury is.


Titans Vs. Jaguars: Jacksonville Looking Outclassed Early


What a punny photo to go with that headline. It appears that Jack Del Rio's replacement will stress the rhinestone package.

While the Jaguars are doing an admirable job of containing Chris Johnson, who has only 21 yards rushing on 10 carries midway through the second quarter, there's been little showing out of the Jags' offense, which has gained only 72 total yards.

For the Titans, Bo Scaife has come up huge with four catches for 53 yards and the first touchdown from Kerry Collins. With David Garrard looking like he's having one of his down nights, the Jags will have to produce a big play soon to get back into the game before halftime.


Titans Retain Possession After Vince Young Fumble, But Lose Starter

Vince Young left the Monday night game with an injury sustained recovering a fumbled snap on the Titans' second offensive drive. It was an added shame as Young had gotten off to a great start to the game, completing three of four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown on the opening drive of the game.

Kerry Collins came in and completed two of three passes on the drive for 31 yards before the Jaguars forced a punt.

Jacksonville could use the early boost. Besides their defense continuing its habit of giving up an NFL-high of plays that go for 20 or more yards, the offense is struggling as well. The Jaguars got a first down via penalty on their first drive, but that was it before a punt.


Titans At Jaguars: Loser Falls Behind The Pack In AFC South

(Sports Network) - While the defending conference champion Indianapolis Colts and emerging but inconsistent Houston Texans have garnered most of the headlines in the AFC South this season, the division's other two teams have been quietly plugging away.

Those two clubs - the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans - will square off at EverBank Field on Monday night, and one will be able to call itself a first-place team as the 2010 season heads to Week 7.

Of the contest's two combatants, the Jaguars have undoubtedly been the most surprising. A young Jacksonville team that crumbled down the stretch last year plodded through a disconcerting preseason that was followed by a rough 1-2 September that included blowout losses to the Chargers (38-13) and Eagles (28-3).

But October has been a different story, as Jack Del Rio's squad began the month with a 31-28 upset of the rival Colts in Week 4, and followed it up with last Sunday's 36-26 takedown of the Bills in Buffalo.

One of the major stories during the recent mini-run has been quarterback David Garrard, who looked on the verge of losing his job prior to what has been arguably the best two-game stretch of his career. The ninth-year pro has completed a combined 33-of-42 passes for 341 yards, five touchdowns and just one interception over the last two weeks, the first time Garrard has posted back-to-back passer ratings of better than 120.0 in his career.

Garrard and the offense have helped make up for the failings of a defense that has allowed 26 or more points in each of its last four outings, is last in the NFL in touchdown passes allowed (12), and is tied for last in the league in touchdowns allowed (18), along with the Bills.

Looking to capitalize on those defensive deficiencies will be the Titans, who have done their best work this season away from Nashville. Tennessee's two most recent wins came on the road against NFC heavyweights the Giants (29-10 in Week 3) and Cowboys (34-27 last Sunday), with the upset win in Dallas coming despite 511 yards of total offense for the home team.

Reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year Chris Johnson carried the Titans as usual, piling up 131 yards and 19 touchdowns to go along with his fifth and six touchdowns of the season.

Johnson leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns (6) as Week 6 begins, and the Titans' seven overall rushing TDs lead the league as well.

Despite Dallas' yardage total, coordinator Chuck Cecil's defense pressured the Cowboys' Tony Romo to the tune of six sacks on the day.

Tennessee leads the NFL in sacks with 22 as Week 6 kicks off.

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