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Jaguars snap losing streak with 38-17 victory

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For the first time since October 17, the Jacksonville Jaguars walked off the field as a winner. They 38-17 drubbing of the Tennessee Titans broke a nine-game losing streak and made a winner of interim coach Doug Marrone in his first outing. Marrone may have had an immediate impact on his quarterback, Blake Bortles, who had a spectacular day. The former Central Florida star threw for 325 yards and a touchdown without an interception. A good portion of the criticism…

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Jaguars off-key in Music City debacle

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Remember the Titans. Most, if not all, of the Jacksonville Jaguars players and coaches probably saw the movie of that name starring Denzel Washington. Thursday night, the Jags would like to forget their game with the Tennessee Titans, putting on a miserable performance in a 36-22 drubbing in Nashville. The final score in no way reflects the domination Tennessee had over the Jaguars throughout the game. Two weeks ago, there was optimism the Jags were getting things together after winning two…

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AP Top 25 takeaways: Buckeyes still have playoff path

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Another big game for Lamar Jackson. Another bad game for Charlie Strong. Another non-offensive touchdown for Alabama. Just when it looked like the college football weekend was going to be filled with more of the same, Penn State pulled off the biggest upset of the season. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways from Week 8. 1. As No. 2 Ohio State picks up the pieces from a surprising loss at Happy Valley, the most important thing to know is this: If the…

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Dolphins dominated by Titans, 30-17

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Perhaps the job of turning around the Miami Dolphins is a bit more complicated than first-year coach Adam Gase anticipated. Sunday’s 30-17 home loss to the Tennessee Titans shows there are still plenty of things to fix on both sides of the ball. It was complete domination. The Titans, not to be mistaken for the New England Patriots, limited the struggling Miami offense to 200 yards of total offense and just eight first downs. Tennessee hogged the ball for nearly…

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Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter initially preferred Marcus Mariota

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For the new offensive coordinator, the new quarterback was an acquired taste. In the early days, long before the draft and the season, Dirk Koetter was in the minority around the Tampa Bay Bucs. In those days, he studied Jameis Winston, and he studied Marcus Mariota. He liked Mariota better. Koetter admitted it to reporters while at the NFL Combine this week. “There were other people convinced way before I was that this was the guy,” Koetter said during a break at…

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Jax Jaguars outgunned: At 4-8, season done?

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The 4-7 Jacksonville Jaguars needed a win against last place Tennessee on Sunday. And so did Coach Gus Bradley. According to a chart put out by fivethirtyeight.com, Coach Bradley is (barring a turnaround) the second most likely coach in the NFL to get axed at the end of the year. After Sunday’s shootout, a 42 to 39 loss to a last place team that hadn’t won at home in over a year, Genial Gus might be in what Ludacris would…

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For Cardiac Cats, “all gold everything” means a win

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On “All Gold Everything” Thursday night, the Jacksonville Jaguars needed a big win against AFC South rivals the Tennessee Titans. And got it. But damned if they didn’t have to work for it. Marcus Mariota came out firing for the road squad, getting the Titans near the Jags’ 30 on the first drive, throwing darts, and getting Tennessee in range for a 47 yard FG from reliable veteran Ryan Succop. Blake Bortles, down 3-0, went three and out and on his…

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