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Gostkowski kicks 49-yarder as Titans beat Jaguars 33-30

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By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Pro Football Writer

Tennessee Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) celebrates with Dennis Kelly (71) after kicking a 49-yard field goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) passes against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)


Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) passes as he is pressured by Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Rashaan Evans (54) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)


Tennessee Titans cornerback Kristian Fulton (26) is congratulated by free safety Kevin Byard (31) after Fulton intercepted a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


Tennessee Titans cornerback Kristian Fulton (26) runs back an interception as Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) tries to tackle him in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


Tennessee Titans tight end Jonnu Smith (81) catches a pass ahead of Jacksonville Jaguars safety Andrew Wingard (42) for a 63-yard gain in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) congratulates tight end Jonnu Smith (81) after the two teamed up for a 13-yard touchdown pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans know good teams win ugly games, and being 2-0 for the first time in 12 years has a way of making any victory look much prettier.

Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 49-yard field goal with 1:36 left, and the Tennessee Titans remain undefeated after holding off the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-30 Sunday.

''To get a chance to win at the end of the game, that's what you practice for,'' said Gostkowski, who kicked his second straight game-winner after struggling in the opener. ''Luckily we were able to come through today. It's exciting to get the win and get the Titans to 2-0.''

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill said Gostkowski came up huge for the Titans on something that wasn't a chip shot.

''t was a tough kick in a crucial point in the game and had nothing but confidence he was going to bang it through, and that's exactly what he did,'' Tannehill said.

Jeffery Simmons batted a pass by Gardner Minshew, and Harold Landry III grabbed the ball out of the air with 47 seconds left to seal the victory.

This is the Titans' first 2-0 start since 2008, the most recent season this franchise won the AFC South. They also won their seventh straight against divisional rival Jacksonville in Nashville after nearly blowing a 24-10 halftime lead.

''Excited to be 2-0 for the first time here in Tennessee,'' third-year Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.

Tannehill threw for 239 yards and four touchdowns. The Titans sacked Minshew twice and picked him off twice.

''That last one sucks,'' Minshew said. ''Ball got tipped up in the air. Just a bad way to lose.''

Minshew finished throwing for 339 yards and three TDs, his final two coming in the fourth quarter as he tried to rally the Jaguars (1-1). His final TD pass, a 14-yarder to Chris Thompson, tied it up at 30 with 7:25 left as the Jaguars (1-1) tried to snap their Music City skid.

The Jaguars outgained Tennessee 480-354, but they wouldn't score again. Coach Doug Marrone said they just weren't able to make the play to get them over the top.

''These guys are going to continue to get better,'' Marrone said. ''I don't want to say growing pains because I really feel like those guys can do it. There may be plays they lose, but that's football.''

The Jaguars revamped their defense to defend Derrick Henry better after the 2019 NFL rushing leader had run for 498 yards against them since the start of the 2018 season, most the Titans running back has had against any AFC South team. They held him to 84 yards on 25 carries.

So the Titans turned to Tannehill, the quarterback who led the NFL in 2019 with a 117.5 passer rating.

Tannehill opened the game finding a wide-open Jonnu Smith for 63 yards before hitting Smith for a 13-yard TD two plays later. Tannehill added a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Davis on the next drive and threw a 4-yarder to Smith late in the first half. He also tossed an 18-yard TD to Adam Humphries in the third.

TANNEHILL'S DAY

He set a franchise record with two TD passes within the first 10 minutes. It was his ninth straight game with at least two TDs, breaking the team mark held with Marcus Mariota who set the record in 2016. This also was Tannehill's third career game with four TD passes and first since Oct. 25, 2015, in a win for Miami over Houston.

''He was on fire,'' Henry said. ''He did a great job in the red zone. It's just what he does.''

Tannehill also leads the NFL since Week 7 of last season with 10 straight games with at least two TDs and no interceptions. Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson of Baltimore and Drew Brees of New Orleans went into Week 2 with six such games.

SPECIAL TEAM STRUGGLES

Gostkowski also made a 51-yarder at the end of the first half after an ugly performance in the opener. But he did hit a left upright after Tannehill's fourth TD pass.

The Jaguars struggled in the kicking game. They tried a squib kick with 12 seconds left in the first half that the Titans easily recovered. Two plays later, Gostkowski made it a 24-10 halftime lead. Then rookie Chris Claybrooks, a Nashville native, fumbled the opening kick of the second half.

INJURIES

Jaguars center Brandon Linder went down on the opening drive of the third quarter with a knee injury and limped to the sideline where he needed help to the bench. He did not return and was replaced by Tyler Shatley.

Titans cornerback Johnathan Joseph hurt a leg in the second half and did not return. Center Ben Jones limped to the sideline early in the fourth quarter but returned.

UP NEXT

Jaguars: Host Miami on Thursday night.

Titans: Visit Minnesota on Sunday.

Player Notes
Larry Fitzgerald Oct 26 8:00am ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had his most productive game of the season so far in Week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks. Fitzgerald caught all eight of his targets for 62 yards. He was second on the team in receiving yards in the game, behind DeAndre Hopkins, and he tied with Christian Kirk for second on the team in targets. It was the first time this year that Fitzgerald had topped 50 receiving yards in a game and only the second time he'd compiled over four receptions in a game. This week's performance puts Fitzgerald back on the PPR map, though the Cardinals have a bye next week, so he should remain on waivers in all leagues for now.

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DeAndre Hopkins Oct 26 7:50am ET

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Chase Edmonds Oct 26 7:40am ET

Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds gave the offense a solid boost in the team's 37-34 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7. Edmonds carried the ball five times for 58 yards and caught all seven of his targets for 87 yards. He severely outplayed the team's No. 1 back Kenyan Drake (ankle), who managed just 34 yards on 14 carries before leaving the game late with an ankle injury. Drake was carted off to the locker room, which suggests his injury could be significant. Edmonds is going to be a hot waiver wire add this week as he could potentially be the team's new No. 1 back. Keep in mind that the Cardinals have a bye next week, but Edmonds could be a great Week 9 start against the Miami Dolphins.

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Kenyan Drake Oct 26 7:30am ET

Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake (ankle) couldn't get anything going on Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks. Drake received 14 carries in the game, but managed to gain just 34 yards. He was targeted twice in the passing game and came down with one catch for seven yards. On his last run of the game, Drake injured his ankle and he had to be carted to the locker room. We don't know much about the injury at this point, but Drake could be forced to miss some time, which would make Chase Edmonds the team's new No. 1 back. The Cardinals have a bye next week, so Drake will have extra time to recover before the team's Week 9 matchup against the Miami Dolphins.

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Kyler Murray Oct 26 7:20am ET

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray took advantage of a fantastic matchup against a weak Seattle Seahawks secondary in Week 7. Murray completed 34 of 48 passes for 360 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown. Murray has now through for over 350 yards in two of his past three games. However, he's been held under 200 passing yards in two of his past four. This week's game was Murray's best fantasy output of the year. It was the first time he scored four touchdowns in a game this year. He's a no doubt QB1 going forward and this week's performance was clear evidence that he can be a high-end QB1 when he is at his best.

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Chris Carson Oct 26 7:10am ET

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson was forced from the Sunday Night Football game against the Arizona Cardinals with a foot injury. Coach Pete Carroll described it as a mid-foot sprain, and Carson will have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. Carlos Hyde took over as the lead running back after Carson exited the game, after missing the last two games with his own injury, and is now looking like one of the top waiver wire adds for Week 8. Hyde racked up 15 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown, and also added three receptions for eight yards. Stay tuned for further updates on Carson's injury and how long he may be sidelined for.

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Kenyan Drake Oct 26 7:00am ET

Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake injured his ankle against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. This did not look like a minor injury as he had to be carted to the locker room and even had a towel over his head. Drake was ruled out for the game and we should know more about the extent of the injury in the coming days. This is a tough break for Drake, the Cardinals and fantasy football managers. Chase Edmonds is now the lead running back for the Cardinals, and had a strong showing against the Seahawks. Edmonds is currently rostered in 62% of fantasy football leagues, and is the top waiver wire pickup for Week 8 if he's somehow still available.

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Atlanta Falcons Oct 25 10:40pm ET

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Younghoe Koo Oct 25 10:30pm ET

Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo had just two opportunities- a pair of extra-points- and he made both of them in a 23-22 loss to the Detroit Lions. It was Koo's first game this year without at least one field-goal made. Otherwise, he's been an excellent fantasy kicker playing on a team whose offense constantly finds itself in or near the red zone. That alone gives Koo upside in most weeks. He should be in lineups for next week's divisional clash against the Panthers.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Oct 25 10:20pm ET

The Pittsburgh Steelers Defense was quiet in a 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. Pittsburgh was unable to force a turnover and was credited with just two sacks in the game. While it wasn't a fantasy-scoring bonanza for the Steelers, they held their own against a Tennessee offense that had been one of the highest-scoring in the league coming into Week 7. T.J. Watt and Vince Williams both led the way in the win with one sack apiece. Pittsburgh's defense draws another tough matchup in Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Hayden Hurst Oct 25 10:20pm ET

Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst caught six of seven targets for 68 receiving yards against the Lions. Hurst and Matt Ryan had a rhythm all game, as the former worked the intermediate routes to perfection. That's two games in a row for the 27-year-old with at least 50 yards receiving, as the coaching staff seems to be finding more ways to get him the ball. A tough matchup with the Panthers awaits- they held him to just eight yards- though Hurst is playing too well to bench right now.

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Russell Gage Oct 25 10:10pm ET

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage hauled in six of seven targets for 54 receiving yards in a loss to the Lions. Gage tied with Calvin Ridley and Hayden Hurst for second on the team in targets. The 24-year-old did injure his knee in the first quarter but was able to return to the action. He has seen at least seven targets in two of the three games that fellow wideout Julio Jones has been healthy for, indicating that Jones' presence does wonders for Gage in terms of opening up opportunities on the outside. As long as Matt Ryan continues to play well, Gage should be in the conversation as a WR3/4.

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Eric Ebron Oct 25 10:10pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron caught six of his eight targets for 50 yards in a 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. Ebron finished third on the team in receiving, behind Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster, and surprisingly ahead of rookie Chase Claypool. It continues a strong stretch of play for Ebron, who has caught at least five passes in three of his past four games. While he only has one touchdown on the year, Ebron is turning out to be a high-end TE2 for fantasy purposes in his first season with the Steelers. He will face the Baltimore Ravens in Week 8.

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Chase Claypool Oct 25 10:00pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool lost two yards on his lone reception in a 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. It goes down as a disappointing outing for the rookie, who had scored five total touchdowns in the previous two games. The return of Diontae Johnson certainly played into Claypool's slow outing, as did the resurgence of JuJu Smith-Schuster, who drew 14 targets. Claypool's fantasy value going forward appears to be tied to the availability of Johnson, who is the clear alpha wide receiver in Pittsburgh. That being said, Johnson injured his ankle late in the game. The injury doesn't appear to be serious but neither did the back injury that held him out of almost all of the past two games. After looking like a must-start heading into Week 7, Claypool is all of a sudden a shaky flex play for Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Calvin Ridley Oct 25 9:50pm ET

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley caught five of seven targets for 69 receiving yards and a touchdown in a narrow 23-22 loss to Detroit. Ridley corralled Matt Ryan's lone touchdown throw of the day and made a couple of highlight-reel grabs, including a nifty sideline catch where he got both feet in-bounds. Ridley has produced at least seven targets in all but one game and has eclipsed 100 yards four times already, after doing it twice all of last year. The breakout is in full effect and should continue into Week 8 against the Panthers, who Ridley torched for 136 receiving yards back in Week 6.

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Rob Gronkowski Oct 25 9:50pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski had another terrific performance in Week 7, getting five receptions for 62 yards and a score on eight targets. Gronk is starting to look like himself and that's encouraging for fantasy managers. The big tight end has now scored a touchdown in two straight games. He has also seen at least six targets in the past three games and has gotten over 52 yards in those games as well. Gronk is definitely in the starting conversation going forward.

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Julio Jones Oct 25 9:40pm ET

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones paced the team in targets, nine, receptions, eight, and receiving yards, 97, in a 23-22 loss to the Lions. He may not have found the end zone, but it's the kind of consistent performance that fantasy managers have come to expect from the former Alabama star. Jones has now averaged 10.3 targets per game in the contests that he's been healthy for, which places him where he's been for the last seven or so seasons- in the elite WR1 conversation. Week 8 brings a matchup against the Panthers, who have struggled to contain opposing number-one wideouts this season.

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Chris Godwin Oct 25 9:40pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin recorded nine receptions for 88 yards and a score on nine targets in Week 7. The WR finally had his breakout game of the season and proved on Sunday why he was a very high pick in drafts this year. Assuming Godwin stays healthy, he is a solid play each week given his large role in this offense.

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James Conner Oct 25 9:40pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner gained 82 yards on 20 carries and added three receptions for 29 yards in a 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. It goes down as the first time Conner has failed to find the end zone since Week 1 this season. To make matters worse for fantasy managers, Conner had to watch as Benny Snell Jr. vultured him with a one-yard touchdown run in the game. Conner has been a reliable fantasy asset this season but he draws a tough matchup against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 8.

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Mike Evans Oct 25 9:40pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans had a quiet day in Week 7, grabbing two receptions for 37 yards on two targets. It was certainly a disappointing day for Evans considering several of his teammates had a terrific game. With many mouths to feed on this offense, days like this are bound to happen and the addition of Antonio Brown will only saturate this unit more. Nevertheless, Evans is a top target for Tom Brady and remains in the starting conversation each week given his potential.

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