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Offense. Defense. Special Teams. The Titans took care of business in all three phases on Sunday to win at Jacksonville on a day when quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 15-of-27 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Titans weren’t necessarily looking for revenge.

On their first trip back to EverBank Field since last year’s costly loss to the Jaguars in December, the Titans instead came looking for a chance to set a tone early in the season. They wanted to put their goals for 2017 in motion, and begin their quest to rule the AFC South.

“It’s a brand new year,” quarterback Marcus Mariota said. “Our main focus, our main concern was being better in our division.”

On this day, mission accomplished.

The Titans beat the Jaguars in impressive fashion here on Sunday, rolling up a 37-16 victory with a dominating performance in the second half. The win evened Tennessee’s record at 1-1, which puts them tied with the Jaguars and Texans after two weeks.

The win came nine months after the Christmas Eve loss everyone remembers so well.

After the game, just about every Titan said this wasn’t payback.

“I’m going to keep it honest with you: I don’t dwell on the past,” Titans tight end Delanie Walker said. “At the end of the day it’s a whole new season, a whole new year, a whole new roster. Some of the guys on this team weren’t even on the roster last year. I just wanted to get a W, and I think that’s what everybody on this team was looking for. Today, we came out and played like we wanted to be in the playoffs.”

Well, that was the feeling from most of the Titans at least.

“We owed them one,” linebacker Brian Orakposaid. “They took food off my table last year, so we owed them one no matter what anybody else says.

“It hurt. It definitely did for me. I don’t know if you guys heard me, but all week I was “Jags week, Jags week.” I circled this one. They are going to be ready when we play them again at the end of the year, and we will be ready. But this is one that we wanted.”

Mariota completed 15-of-27 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown in the win. He was sacked just once, one week after the Jaguars racked up 10 sacks in a win over the Texans.

Running back Derrick Henry ran for a career-high 92 yards on 14 carries, and produced a 17-yard touchdown run. DeMarco Murray, sidelined in the second half with a hamstring injury, finished with 25 yards as the Titans piled up 179 yards on the ground.

“We wanted to get back to smash-mouth football,” tackle Jack Conklin said. “This is the type of team we want to be, and this shows us what we are capable of.”

The defense forced some key turnovers, and Adoree’ Jackson helped provide a spark with a big return in the third quarter.

Coach Mike Mularkey was pleased with the overall performance.

“I’m proud of our team, coming back, coming in here and getting a win, and playing well in all three phases,” Mularkey said. “It was the difference. We hung in there, we came in in the second half, and just kept playing. That’s credit to those guys. They were ready to play before, and came in at halftime, and wanted to come out and make a statement, and I think they did. It’s a good football team.

“… We want to win the division. You have to beat division teams, and we learned our lesson last year.”

With the Titans leading 9-3, Jackson fielded a punt and sprinted up the middle and to his left for a 46-yard return, which put the ball at the Jacksonville 34.

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NASHVILLE, TN- SEPTEMBER 10: Wide receiver Corey Davis #84 of the Tennessee Titans runs the ball against the Oakland Raiders in the first half at Nissan Stadium on September 10, 2017 In Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) )

Corey Davis could show his versatility off for the Tennessee Titans.

Today is a day to see how intelligent the Tennessee Titans coaching staff is.

The Jacksonville Jaguars defense has very good players at cornerback and in the front seven. Where they are weak is in the middle, with their linebackers and safeties.

What an intelligent coaching staff would do, is scheme up something to get Corey Davis or Rishard Matthews in the slot against weaker competition.

I would imagine that if the Jaguars prefer to shadow players, they will stick Jalen Ramsey on Rishard Matthews and A.J. Boyue on whoever the other boundary WR is.

The smart thing to do would be to put Eric Decker or Taywan Taylor on the outside and allow Corey Davis to abuse slot corners, linebackers and safeties in space.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Payback was sweet for the Tennessee Titans in a 37-16 rout of the Jaguars Sunday in Jacksonville.

The Jags ended the Titans playoff hopes with a week 16 upset last season that also ended Marcus Mariota’s season with a broken leg. But on Sunday, Mariota threw for 215 yards and a touchdown in the game.

Both offenses struggled in the first half, but a pair of Ryan Succop field goals (40,41 yards) gave the Titans a 6-3 lead at the break.

The second half was all Tennessee. The Titans defense completely took the game over in the third quarter when DaNorris Searcy picked off Blake Bortles to give the offense the ball on the Jaguars 39 yard line.

The Jags defense held the Titans to their third field goal of the game when Succop connected from 26 yards to make it 9-3.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 17: Taywan Taylor #13 of the Tennessee Titans makes a catch in front of A.J. Bouye #21 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of their game at EverBank Field on September 17, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from the Tennessee Titans’ win.

The Tennessee Titans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 37-16 in Week 2 of the NFL season. This was a very important game for both teams. The win improves the Titans to a 1-1 record with a 1-0 record in the division.

Although the score was fairly high, this one got off to a slow start. The Jaguars put points on the board first with a field goal. However, it was the Titans who had the lead by halftime. The Titans ended the first half with a 6-3 lead. Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly from this game.

The Good.

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PAWNEE, Okla. – If there’s one thing Columbus Head Coach Dan Grundy has instilled in his Titans, it’s to never give up. The team took that sentiment to heart in last Friday’s game against the Black Bears of Pawnee, Oklahoma, and they earned a well-deserved victory because of it.

It’s not a situation the Titans find themselves in often, but at half-time they trailed the Bears 6-14. Pawnee was able to shut down the Titan’s offensive efforts most of the first half, but Senior Keenan Stanley’s stunning rushing game combined with the determined efforts of the Columbus defense created the opportunity for a come-from-behind win, 20-14.

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Want to watch the NFL on CBS but don’t have cable? CBS All Access has partnered with the NFL so you can stream local market games each Sunday to your computer, tablet or OTT device. It’s a concerted effort to allow viewers to watch football wherever they’re at, all without needing a cable or satellite subscription (or even a television) in your local market.

Obviously CBS All Access is about more than streaming football (although it doesn’t have to be). For as low as $5.99 a month, the service allows subscribers to stream hundreds of hit shows. The real benefit, however, lies in being able to watch CBS live wherever you are. If you got roped into a wedding, you’re stuck at a baby shower or you’re just a good mom or dad and want to be at your kid’s soccer game on Sunday, you can stream games directly to your tablet or laptop.

How to get CBS All Access

Signing up is simple as well. You simply go to the CBS All Access landing page and pick the plan you want to purchase. Click here if you want to go straight to the free one-week trial, and input the proper information. Please note: there is a seven-day free trial available for new customers. However, by this Sunday it will be over for anybody who started a new account on or before Sep. 8-9.

Titans vs. Jaguars on CBS All Access

It’s a two-team race in the AFC South, and the Texans aren’t invited! OK, that falls under the category of Week 1 overreactions, but the Jaguars definitely looked like a new team defensively against the Texans in Week 1, absolutely brutalizing Tom Savage and Houston. Their offense wasn’t stunning, but it was effective — Leonard Fournette rushed for 100 yards in his first NFL game and Chris Ivory had 4.7 yards per carry. The passing game remains an issue as Blake Bortles couldn’t seem to find any kind of vertical rhythm and Allen Robinson went down with an injury, but it was a good first outing for a new-look unit.

The Titans, meanwhile, might want to start worrying about that new-look Jacksonville running game. Marshawn Lynch ran over Jurrell Casey and company, literally and figuratively, as the Titans just looked outclassed in one of the more anticipated Week 1 games. Adoree Jackson showed flashes of brilliance and Marcus Mariota looked improved, but the Raiders‘ vaunted offense was just too much for Tennessee’s defense. There are several new faces on that side of the ball, so growing pains may have been a factor, but with how Lynch looked barreling over Tennessee defenders they’ll have to be more sound against the one-two punch of Fournette and Ivory.

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The Tennessee Titans have never had a dynamic, game-changing wide receiver since their move to Nashville. It’s true — think about it. Drew BennettDerrick MasonNate WashingtonKendall WrightKenny Britt (that’s a really sad list) all showed us some flashes of some sort, but none really had to ability to carry an offense.

Corey Davis has a chance to change all of that. The 2017 5th overall pick was favorite of mine from the beginning. Yesterday he began to validate that opinion.

In his first live game action, Davis was targeted ten times. He converted six of those opportunities for 69 yards. His first ever catch in the NFL was a memorable one too. Watch him go up and get this one over the head of David Amerson.

To see Davis do this during one of his first ever snaps in the league is so encouraging. The Titans just haven’t had a guy that can go get the ball like this consistently.

Davis wasn’t quite the best receiver on the field yet for the Titans. That honor still goes to Rishard Matthews, who I thought played a really tough game over the middle of the field. But Davis wasn’t too far behind in his first career NFL game.

You did see a couple of examples of Davis and Mariota not being on the same page. Mularkey’s comments after the game seemed to suggest that Davis may have ended up in the wrong spot. “He got a lot of plays, a lot of things to learn, but there were some things that were not on track just because lack of time,” Mularkey said.

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Jim Wyatt is reporting that the Titans have signed TE Tim Semisch and OL Cody Wichmannto the practice squad. They released TE Jerome Cunningham and OL Steven Moore to make room on the practice squad.

Semisch was with the Titans in training camp. He is a guy that would play the Philip Supernaw role in the offense if he was ever promoted to the active roster.

Wichmann has played in 24 games in his NFL career. Those games were all with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams.

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Titans reporter Jason Wolf and columnist Joe Rexrode on the Tennessee Titans’ season-opening loss to the Oakland Raiders at Nissan Stadium. USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee

Local television ratings continue to dip for the Titans’ season-opening games.

The rating from Sunday’s game against Oakland at Nissan Stadium was 21.8, according to WTVF-5 programming and research director Mark Binda.

The game, which kicked off at noon and was broadcast on CBS (WTVF-5 locally), earned a 40 share in the Nashville market where 220,529 households tuned in to see the Raiders claim a 26-16 win.

That rating was down from last year’s opener against Minnesota (22.2).

And the average rating for the Titans first game the three years prior to 2016 was 25.5.

The downward trend isn’t unique for the Titans.

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Former Titans Steve McNair, Eddie George, Kevin Mawae, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Lorenzo Neal, Steve Hutchinson, Randy Moss and Gary Anderson are among the 108 modern-era nominees announced for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2018 class.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former Titans greats Steve McNair, Eddie George, Kevin Mawae, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Lorenzo Neal, Steve Hutchinson, Randy Moss and Gary Anderson are among the 108 modern-era nominees announced for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2018 class.

The roster of nominees consists of 53 offensive players, 38 defensive players, five special teams players and 12 coaches. The Modern-Era nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and, from there, to 15 finalists in January.

Eighteen finalists will be presented to the full 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee during its annual selection meeting the day before Super Bowl LII. The finalists will consist of 15 Modern-Era finalists, the recently named Senior Finalists, Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer, and the Contributor Finalist, Bobby Beathard.

The Selection Committee will meet on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minn. to elect the Class of 2018.

McNair, George, Mawae and Anderson were all nominated a year ago.

Mawae, an offensive lineman who played 16 NFL seasons (1994-2009), including four seasons with the Titans (2006-09), made the final 10 last season.

McNair, a 1995 draft pick by Houston Oilers, quarterbacked the Titans to the Super Bowl during the 1999 season, and was named co-MVP of the NFL in 2003. He threw for over 31,304 yards in his career, which included two seasons with the Ravens after 11 seasons in Tennessee.

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