Final

Titans 17

(0-4, 0-3 away)

Jaguars 37

(2-2, 1-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 4, 2009

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
TEN 0 3 6 817
JAX 10 17 3 737

Top Performers

Passing: D. Garrard (JAX) - 323 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: C. Johnson (TEN) - 16 CAR, 83 YDS

Receiving: K. Britt (TEN) - 7 REC, 105 YDS

Jags' Garrard, Sims-Walker connect on two TDs as Titans fall to 0-4

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If the Jacksonville Jaguars continue to play like this, they might be able to solve their ticket-sales problems.

David Garrard threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns, two to Mike Sims-Walker, and the Jaguars dismantled the Tennessee Titans 37-17 on Sunday.

Garrard shredded Tennessee's injury depleted secondary, often picking on rookie cornerback Jason McCourty, and Jacksonville's defense forced four punts and three turnovers in Tennessee's first eight possessions. The result was a 30-3 lead in the third quarter that had the Titans (0-4) searching for answers.

Jags Get Head Start

David Garrard went 15-for-19 passing for 171 yards and two touchdowns on first down and most of that was due to the work of Mike Sims-Walker. Sims-Walker caught six passes on first down, including two touchdowns, with all six going for first downs.

Mike Sims-Walker, by down
1st Down Other Downs
Targets 8 3
Rec 6 1
TD 2 0
Yards 84 7

-- ESPN Stats and Information

"Being at a loss for words is a good way to put it," linebacker Keith Bulluck said. "We're obviously not playing good football. This is the fourth week, and the last three I used up my excuses for what's going on?"

Announced attendance was 49,014 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, the second straight home game blacked on local television. Owner Wayne Weaver said earlier in the week he would consider playing some future games in nearby Orlando -- a wake-up call to fans.

Weaver can only hope his team's performance will spark ticket sales. The Jaguars (2-2) certainly put on an offensive show for the second time in as many games. Jacksonville beat Houston 31-24 a week ago.

Garrard and Sims-Walker starred in this one.

Garrard completed 27 of 37 passes, the latest quarterback to burn the NFL's 29th-ranked pass defense. The Titans had an excuse in this one: They played without cornerback Cortland Finnegan (hamstring) and nickel back Vincent Fuller (forearm). Clearly, the Jaguars took notice.

A team built to run the ball, Jacksonville threw early and often -- even without starting tackles Eugene Monroe (illness) and Eben Britton (knee). Garrard dropped back to pass 27 times in the first half, and the Jags called seven running plays.

Fast Facts

• David Garrard threw for 323 yards and three TDs (his third career 300-yard passing game) and Mike Sims-Walker had 91 receiving yards and two TDs (had one in his career before Sunday) to move the Jags to 2-2.

• Jacksonville had 442 yards of total offense, their most since 2007, and they've scored 30-plus points in back-to-back games after breaking 30 just twice in their previous 19 games.

• The Titans are 0-4 for the first time since 2006, when they started 0-5.

• Kerry Collins threw for 284 yards and passed Dave Krieg for 12th place on the NFL's all-time list, but he also had two INTs for the second straight game.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"We knew they were going to stack the box and try to stop Maurice [Jones-Drew]," Sims-Walker said. "We just took advantage of that. It's about time. We knew we were capable of doing it. It's just time we did it."

Sims-Walker finished with seven catches for 91 yards. He had a 9-yard TD reception in the second quarter and a 15-yarder with 27 seconds remaining in the half that made it 27-3.

It could have been worse for Tennessee, too.

Kerry Collins threw an interception on the ensuing possession, and Gerald Alexander returned it to the 26-yard line -- well inside Josh Scobee's field-goal range. But Garrard was sacked for an 11-yard loss, and Scobee missed a 55-yarder as time expired.

Collins completed 29 of 48 passes for 284 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions. He hooked up with Nate Washington for a 14-yard score late in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 30-9, but it was too little, too late.

"When you're in a situation like this, every man has to take it upon himself to figure out what he needs to do," Collins said. "As a team, collectively, we need to come together and not listen to the criticism from the outside and keep believing in what we're doing."

That might be tough, even though coach Jeff Fisher surely will remind everyone about the 2002 team that started 1-4 and still made the AFC title game.

Tennessee, which has as many losses (four) as it had all of last season, looks to be headed in the wrong direction. It's quite a turnaround for a franchise that started 10-0 in 2008 and earned home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

"We can't put a finger on what's wrong and we don't want to point fingers at each other," defensive end Jevon Kearse said. "Whatever we're doing, we're doing as a team. We've been losing together, but we've been doing it as a team. There's a lot of stuff we need to do that we haven't been doing yet."

Just about everything went Jacksonville's way Sunday.

Marcedes Lewis caught four passes for 76 yards, including a 33-yard TD reception in the fourth. Rookie Mike Thomas picked up first downs running and receiving, and set up two touchdowns with long returns. His 34-yard punt return set up Jones-Drew's 9-yard TD run in the first quarter, and his 42-yard kickoff return set up Garrard's first TD pass to Sims-Walker.

Jacksonville's defense came up big, too. The unit held Chris Johnson to 83 yards on 16 carries, kept steady pressure on Collins and finished with three turnovers. The Titans have 11 turnovers in four games, the main reason they're still winless.

"This was a big step for us," Jaguars defensive tackle John Henderson said. "We grew. We trusted in each other and played good football."

Henderson also had a message for fans.

"Just believe in us," he said. "Come on out and get some tickets and just believe in us."

Game notes


Jags WR Torry Holt caught three passes for 42 yards, giving him 884 career receptions and moving him into 10th place on the NFL's all-time list. ... Collins has 38,307 yards passing for his career, placing him 12th on the NFL's all-time list. ... Jags CB Scott Starks strained a groin muscle early and didn't return.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TEN
JAX
1st Downs1927
Passing 1st downs
1315
Rushing 1st downs
510
1st downs from penalties
12
3rd down efficiency
8-166-13
4th down efficiency
1-20-0
Total Plays6769
Total Yards379442
Yards per play5.76.4
Total Drives1213
Passing284305
Comp-Att
29-4827-37
Yards per pass
5.97.8
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-02-18
Rushing95137
Rushing Attempts
1930
Yards per rush
5.04.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-33-6
Penalties6-684-30
Turnovers31
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
20
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession25:5334:07

Passing Leaders

TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Collins29/482845.9120-0
JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Garrard27/373238.7302-18

Rushing Leaders

TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson16835.2018
Collins11010.0110
JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jennings9535.9014
Garrard8384.8016

Receiving Leaders

TENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Britt710515.0042
Washington7669.4115
JAXRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sims-Walker79113.0219
Lewis47619.0133

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTENJAX
jaxFG10:07Josh Scobee 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 60 yds, 3:57
03
jaxTD6:40Maurice Jones-Drew 9 Yard Run (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 35 yds, 1:23
010
SECOND QUARTERTENJAX
tenFG9:16Rob Bironas 29 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 14 plays, 78 yds, 7:23
310
jaxTD7:42Mike Sims-Walker 9 Yard Pass From David Garrard (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 46 yds, 1:36
317
jaxFG3:26Josh Scobee 50 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 44 yds, 3:08
320
jaxTD0:34Mike Sims-Walker 15 Yard Pass From David Garrard (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 41 yds, 2:08
327
THIRD QUARTERTENJAX
jaxFG10:09Josh Scobee 33 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 51 yds, 4:55
330
tenTD0:26Nate Washington 14 Yard Pass From Kerry Collins (Kerry Collins Pass to Alge Crumpler For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, 1:37
930
FOURTH QUARTERTENJAX
tenTD5:37Kerry Collins 10 Yard Run (Chris Johnson Run For Two-Point Conversion is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 77 yds, 3:27
1730
jaxTD5:12Marcedes Lewis 33 Yard Pass From David Garrard (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 40 yds, 0:26
1737