Thu Sep 19 11:35pm ET
By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer
Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo leaps igh into the air after his 48-yard field goal against the Tennessee Titans during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, center, runs past Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Najee Goode, lower left, for a 1-yard touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) tries to strip the ball from the hands of Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown, right, after a reception during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end James O'Shaughnessy (80) celebrates his touchdown reception against the Tennessee Titans with offensive tackle Cam Robinson during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) looks to hand off the ball as he is pressured by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell, right, during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end James O'Shaughnessy pulls in a 7-yard touchdown pass against the Tennessee Titans during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II (15) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Gardner Minshew threw two touchdown passes and should have had a third, Calais Campbell spearheaded another defensive gem and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tennessee Titans 20-7 in sloppy conditions Thursday night.
Jacksonville (1-2) ended a four-game losing streak in the AFC South series and avoided the franchise's second 0-3 start in four years.
Minshew Mania, meanwhile, picked up momentum.
With all eyes on star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who may have played his final game for Jacksonville, Minshew and a second straight stellar defensive outing captured the spotlight.
A sixth-round draft pick starting his second consecutive game in place of injured Nick Foles (broken collarbone), Minshew completed 20 of 30 passes for 204 yards. He found James O'Shaughnessy wide open for a 7-yard score, which came one play after Adoree' Jackson's muffed punt. Minshew was more precise with a 22-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark, who was blanketed by Malcolm Butler.
Jacksonville sacked Marcus Mariota nine times, including three by Campbell.
One of his came on a highly questionable fourth-down attempt. Titans coach Mike Vrabel, with his team trailing 14-0 early in the third, passed on a short field goal and went for it on fourth-and-6 at the 11.
Campbell abused backup guard Jamil Douglas, and Mariota had no time to get rid of the ball.
The Titans (1-2) finally got on the scoreboard with Derrick Henry's 1-yard plunge early in the fourth. Henry finished with 44 yards on 17 carries, a far cry from his last game against Jacksonville. Henry ran for a franchise-record 238 yards and four touchdowns, including the second 99-yard run in NFL history (Tony Dorsett, 1983), in December.
Jacksonville wasn't going to let it happen again, stacking the box and doing a much better job tackling the 247-pound back.
Even Ramsey got in a couple of shots on the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner.
Ramsey stunned the franchise by requesting a trade four days earlier, wanting out after his sideline exchange with coach Doug Marrone. Ramsey told the Uninterrupted ''17 Weeks'' podcast that ''some disrespectful things were said on their end'' in a meeting after that game.
Ramsey insisted he didn't want to be a distraction. And clearly he wasn't, at least not on the field.
The Jaguars enjoyed a 14-point lead in the first quarter for the first time since Week 2 of last season against New England and just the third time in the last five seasons.
The officiating was roundly ripped - in the stands and around the country. The most notable: Titans linebacker Kamalei Correa was questionably flagged for roughing the passer in the second quarter, and Tennessee cornerback Logan Ryan was called for pass interference after barely touching Dede Westbrook.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tweeted, ''Too many penalties. Just let us play!!!!'' He followed that tweet without another one a few minutes later, saying "I'm turning off this game I can't watch these ridiculous penalties anymore.''
Suspended Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan later added, ''Wow, who would have thought that the refs would mess up so many calls?''
Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson was in attendance and wearing a No. 1 Jaguars jersey with ''Tyson Ranch'' on the back.
Tyson was on the sideline before kickoff, joined by a nearly 20-person entourage, and watched the game from owner Shad Khan's suite.
Tyson Ranch is an extension of Tyson's existing cannabis brand portfolio called Tyson Holistic Holdings.
GIBBS & COUGHLIN
Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and current NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs visited with Jaguars executive Tom Coughlin before the game.
Gibbs was in town to speak at a ''Faith, Family, & Football'' event at Daily's Place next to TIAA Bank Field. Gibbs' spoke about the ''ultimate game plan he follows.''
Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack took a knee to the helmet in the third quarter, was later ruled out and placed in the concussion protocol. ... Jaguars receiver Chris Conley sprained his left ankle while blocking in the second, but later returned. ... Titans linebacker Rashaan Evans injured his left shoulder just before halftime, returned in the second half and then left the field again in the fourth. ... Titans linebacker Sharif Finch injured his right ankle in the third.
Jaguars receiver Dede Westbrook dropped a would-be touchdown in the third quarter, and Jacksonville had to settle for a 40-yard field goal and a 17-0 lead. It was Westbrook's third drop of the night.
The Titans play at Atlanta. Tennessee has dropped the last two meetings.
The Jaguars play at Denver. Jacksonville has dropped the last two meetings.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold completed 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards in his return to the lineup Sunday. Darnold threw two touchdowns and one interception in his first game since Week 1. Darnold missed three games with mono, but provided a huge boost to a Jets offense that had averaged the fewest yards per game in the league coming into today. The big play from Darnold was a 92-yard touchdown to Robby Anderson after the Jets stopped the Cowboys on fourth-and-short. Darnold faces a tough matchup next week vs the Patriots, but looked good enough today to warrant consideration as a bye week replacement starter in deeper leagues or two-quarterback leagues.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup came down with four catches in Week 6, gaining 48 yards. Gallup tied for the team lead with seven targets and could be in for some big games going forward if Amari Cooper (quad) is forced to miss time. The Dallas passing game just wasn't clicking in this one, but Gallup will have WR1 upside if he's leading the passing game next week against the Eagles.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught five passes in Week 6, gaining 57 yards. Witten was targeted seven times, tying for the team lead. The most important play involving Witten was one he didn't make though, as he was unable to come up with a last-minute two-point conversion which would have tied the game. Witten continues to be himself, making short catches fairly consistently. He'll be a low-end TE1 with a concerning floor in most games going forward.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle reeled in all eight of his targets for 103 yards in Week 6s victory against the Los Angeles Rams. Kittle didnt find the end zone but dominated target share in the passing attack once again. His long went for 45 yards. After a so-so start to the season, Kittles now posted two premium TE1 performances. Hell draw an excellent matchup against the Washington Redskins in Week 7.
New York Jets kicker Sam Ficken made a 38-yard field goal, and was 3-for-3 on extra points in a win over the Cowboys Sunday. It was a drama-free afternoon in the kicking department for the Jets with Ficken looking good on all of his kicks today. Ficken had a good day, but shouldn't be a kicker owned in fantasy. Kicking opportunities for Ficken will likely be sparse in a tough matchup against an elite Patriots Defense next Monday night.
A Dallas Cowboys wide receiver named Cedrick Wilson caught five passes in Week 6, gaining 46 yards. With Randall Cobb and Devin Smith both inactive then Amari Cooper being forced to leave with a quad injury, Wilson came out of nowhere to show up on the box score for the first time this season. Even if Cooper is forced to miss time, Wilson won't be a fantasy option in any format next week.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin made two catches in Week 6, picking up just six yards. Jason Witten tied for the team lead with seven targets, leaving Jarwin to just pick up the scraps behind him. With the Dallas passing game not really clicking, Jarwin won't be much of a fantasy option next week, even in two-tight end leagues.
New York Jets running back Ty Montgomery made three catches on three targets for 17 yards in a win over the Cowboys Sunday. Montgomery didn't get a carry in the game as head coach Adam Gase continues to feature Le'Veon Bell. Montgomery's three targets were more than Bell today, but Bell had 14 of the 15 running back carries. Montgomery will see sparse work in the passing game, but overall he won't see enough carries or targets to be worth starting in fantasy.
Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Tony Pollard ran the ball just three times in Week 6, gaining 13 yards. Like usual, Pollard looked good with the ball in his hands, but he played only when starter Ezekiel Elliott needed a breather. He's still one of the highest upside handcuffs in fantasy, but Pollard won't be a starting option in most weeks that Ezekiel Elliott plays.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott played well in a Week 6 loss to the New York Jets. On the ground, he ran the ball 28 times for 105 yards and a touchdown. Through the air, he came up with five catches, gaining 47 yards. Elliott's score was a five-yard run in the fourth quarter. He's back to his pre-holdout usage, as expected, and should be a no-doubt top-three fantasy running back regardless of matchups going forward.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Tavon Austin led the Cowboys in receiving in Week 6. With Amari Cooper forced to leave the game early with a quad injury, Austin was left to make five catches and gain 64 yards on six targets. The Dallas passing game wasn't working well in general, but Austin was able to use his speed to do the most with his opportunities. He's way too inconsistent to be relied on in any fantasy formats, but if Cooper is forced to miss time, Austin may be worth an end-of-bench stash just in case his role grows.
The Philadelphia Eagles Defense struggled against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6, allowing 38 points. They recorded just one interception, one sack, and one fumble recovery. Stefon Diggs ran wild all over the Eagles secondary and the Vikings had no trouble moving the ball and getting it into the end zone all afternoon. The Eagles defense will face another tough matchup on Sunday Night Football next week against the Cowboys.
New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin caught three passes, including a five-yard touchdown, for a season-high 28 yards in a win over the Cowboys Sunday. Griffin only had six catches for 17 yards on the season coming into today so this game won't make him fantasy relevant. Griffin was starting in place of Chris Herndon (hamstring) so Griffin may not start moving forward. Even if he does start, Griffin is among the lowest-ranked tight end options to stream as a bye week replacement.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott struggled in Week 6, throwing for just 277 scoreless yards. Dak completed 28 passes on 40 tries, but was able to add 11 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The New York Jets Defense somehow managed to keep the Cowboys passing game out of the end zone, partly because Amari Cooper (quad) was forced to leave the game after only making one catch. Prescott will hope for better results next week against the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert caught five passes in Week 6, gaining 48 yards. He was targeted eight times, and was much more involved than he'd been in previous games, with Zach Ertz seeing just one more target. Goedert is about due for a "blow up" game, but his usage remains too inconsistent to be anything more than a TE2, even with how weak the position has been in fantasy this year.
Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott made all of his kicks in Week 6. Elliott split the uprights on his two extra point attempts and also made field goals from 53 and 40 yards out. It was a solid performance for Elliott, who should continue to be one of the more consistent fantasy kickers going forward.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Mack Hollins did nothing in Week 6, making no catches on two targets. Hollins was on the field in three-wide sets but only saw two balls go his way and did nothing with them. With DeSean Jackson (abdomen) targeting a Week 7 return, Hollins should return to his special teams role soon.
Houston Texans tight end Darren Fells had six receptions for 69 yards in the win over the Chiefs on Sunday. Fells was fresh off of a two-touchdown performance against the Falcons coming into this one and continued to get looks from quarterback Deshaun Watson. If he is available in deeper formats, snag him up before it's too late.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown has been quiet over the last two games after a two touchdown performance in Week 4. Brown caught two of his four targets in the 16-0 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 6. The Titans continue to have struggles on offense and that has hurt Brown's value. Fantasy owners can't expect much at this point, so Brown should be considered a low-end flex option for next week versus the Chargers.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside was not even targeted in Week 6. The hyped-up rookie now has two games in a row where he's drawn no targets. With DeSean Jackson (abdomen) on his way back to the field soon, Arcega-Whiteside will continue to have zero value in redraft formats.