Thoughts from the Titans 30-3 victory over the Jaguars on Monday:
What it means: The Titans won their first division game and joined the Texans and Colts at 4-2 atop the AFC South while pushing the Jaguars to the bottom of the division at 3-3.
What I liked: The Titans got a workmanlike relief effort out of Kerry Collins in a numbingly boring rout that wound up a battle of backup signal-callers. Vince Young was sharp on the first series of the game, when he hit Kenny Britt for a 23-yard touchdown that effectively put the game out of reach. The Titans played solid defense, keeping the simplistic Jaguars out of the end zone.
What I didn’t like: The Jaguars seemed overmatched from the start, which deflated a home crowd and a city excited about hosting a "Monday Night Football" game that will serve to create punch lines rather than positively alter any perceptions.
Injuries of note: David Garrard suffered a concussion in the first half and the Jaguars will surely have to monitor him as they tprepare for a trip to Kansas City. Young was awkwardly bent back over his left knee and spent the rest of the game on the sideline with a sprain, hobbling some when he moved around. Will he be ready next week or will Collins be in line for more work?
I wondered: Why Jeff Fisher would have Chris Johnson still taking handoffs inside the 2-minute warning? I’ve been a supporter of a heavy workload for Johnson. But Javon Ringer had played plenty and capably earlier, so why risk your most important player in a division game that’s long over when there is little to gain? I guess we got the answer with a 35-yard touchdown run that put him over 100 yards.
What’s next: The Titans host Philadelphia at LP Field while the Jaguars travel to Kansas City to face a team that just lost consecutively to Indianapolis and Houston.