Jacksonville, to the naked eye, simply wanted this one more. The Titans (4-5) bordered on comatose out of the gate, spitting up turnovers early and withering up behind Jake Locker, who left the game in the first half with a potentially season-ending right foot injury. In came Ryan Fitzpatrick, who rallied Tennessee late, but it wasn't enough.
The Jacksonville jokes have come easily this season, but nobody in Rocky Top is chuckling about the stench coach Mike Munchak presided over on Sunday.
Here's what else we learned:
- Locker left the game averaging 2.7 yards per attempt. His play has improved this season, but the Titans have to think long and hard about the plan at quarterback. Locker's brittle nature makes him a risky long-term option unless Tennessee plans to invest heavily, year after year, in a reliable No. 2.
- Bernard Pollard was a disaster on Sunday. The Titans safety kept a third-quarter Jaguars drive alive when he whacked Chad Henne as the Jaguars passer was sliding to a stop. Personal foul. Three plays later, Pollard was flagged for unnecessary roughness on a high-flying leap into Henne's grill on third down. Roughing the passer. Jacksonville went on to punch in a touchdown that put them up 20-7.
- It's near impossible to take Tennessee seriously as an AFC playoff contender. With the Indianapolis Colts looking vulnerable after being smashed by the St. Louis Rams, Sunday was a perfect chance for the Titans to beat a lesser opponent. Instead -- for the first 30 minutes -- this looked more like Tennessee's second bye week: