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Jacksonville Jaguars defeat the Titans but lose in the future

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The final Thursday night football of the season saw two of the league's less desirable teams go head to head as the Jacksonville Jaguars took on the Tennessee Titans.

Both teams entered the game with 2-12 records and the loser would be in a great position to get the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft next year.

The Jaguars came away with the 21-13 win despite allowing the Titans to score their first opening drive touchdown in over a year.

Jacksonville rookie Quarterback Blake Bortles had an impressive night as he controlled the Jaguars offense and even showed the Titans how to run the ball.

Despite being the Quarterback, Bortles rushed for more yards than anyone on the Titans offense tonight.


Bortles had 50 rushing yards from five carries and was six yards ahead of the Titans top rusher Bishop Sankey.

Throwing for 115 yards and one touchdown, Bortles was effective on the night and surprised everyone with his rushing ability following rumours of an ankle injury before the game.

On the other side of the ball, Titans Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was in following injuries to Zach Mettenberger and Jake Locker.

Whitehurst led the Titans to their first opening drive touchdown in over a year but failed to push the Titans beyond that.

He threw for 287 yards on the night but was sacked four times including the game ending sack to confirm the win for the Jaguars.

Defense go big

It certainly was a game for defenses tonight as both the Titans and Jaguars came away with four sacks each.

Jaguars Defensive Tackle Sen'Derrick Marks got the final sack of the game taking Whitehurst down with just seconds left on the game.

It was a big moment for Marks as the sack earned him his $600,000 bonus and he celebrated on the field by employing Cleveland Browns Quarterback Johnny Manziel's patented money sign.

Despite both defenses getting to the opposing Quarterback numerous times, neither were able to force a turnover.

Bortles did fumble the ball but Runningback Toby Gerhart was able to recover it for the Jaguars.

Going for number one

Prior to the game, the teams respective 2-12 records had them as the projected second and third picks in next years draft.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the projected number one pick but Tennessee having played a game more would claim that now.

A loss for the Buccaneers to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday could see them once again take the number spot.

Jacksonville who had been projected for the third overall pick would be leapfrogged by the Oakland Raiders if they lose to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Losses for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins will see them match the Jaguars on 3-12 and officially secure all teams as the six worst in the league this year.

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