Nov 19, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) calls the play against the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter at EverBank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Lawrence stars as Jaguars pummel Titans

Trevor Lawrence went 24-of-32 passing for 262 yards and two touchdowns to go with two rushing scores to lead the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 34-14 home win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Calvin Ridley caught seven passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns for Jacksonville (7-3), which evened its home record at 3 and has won six of its past seven games.

Will Levis went 13-of-17 passing for 158 yards and two touchdowns in defeat for the Titans (3-7), who have lost three straight and all six of their road games.

The Jaguars opened the scoring with 2:58 remaining in the first quarter, grabbing a 7-0 lead on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Lawrence to Ridley.

Jacksonville took a 10-0 lead with 2:43 left in the second quarter on a 30-yard field goal by Brandon McManus, and then a 13-0 lead with 14 seconds to go until halftime on a 25-yard field goal by McManus.

On the first drive of the second half, the Jaguars went 73 yards in nine plays, taking a 20-0 lead on a 9-yard touchdown run by Lawrence.

Jacksonville struck again on its next possession, going 80 yards in six plays and taking a 27-0 lead on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Lawrence to Ridley.

Tennessee finally got on the board on the last play of the third quarter, cutting the Jacksonville lead to 27-7 on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Levis to DeAndre Hopkins.

After Jacksonville recovered a fumbled punt at the Tennessee 36-yard line, the Jaguars put the game away on a 5-yard touchdown run by Lawrence with 7:28 left that gave Jacksonville a 34-7 lead.

Tennessee cut the Jaguars lead to 34-14 with 4:28 remaining on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Levis to Jeffery Simmons, which finished off a 75-yard drive in five plays.

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks exits the field after losing to the Cleveland Browns 27-3 in Cleveland, Ohio, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023.

Titans WR Treylon Burks in concussion protocol

Tennessee Titans receiver Treylon Burks is in the NFL’s concussion protocol after briefly losing consciousness after a fall in Thursday night’s game in Pittsburgh.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel updated Burks’ condition on Friday, saying he had been in communication via text and was expected to be at the team facilities in the afternoon.

“From what it looked like I would say that it’s probably going to be as good of a prognosis as what it could’ve been just looking at the visual of all that,” Vrabel said. “We understand what the risks are involved when Treylon sold out to make a play. I’m hopeful, we’re all hopeful that we’ll get him back as soon as possible.”

Burks was carted off the field with 2:06 left in the 20-16 loss to the Steelers.

He was injured while trying to make a catch deep down the left sideline. He landed out of bounds and rolled awkwardly, with the trainers quickly responding to him.

“There was a brief loss of consciousness,” Vrabel said. “That’s why they reacted in the manner in which they did. It sounds like everybody did exactly what they were supposed to do based on the protocol and making sure that Treylon’s well-being was looked after as quickly and correctly as possible.”

Burks, 23, raised a thumb as he was being carted off the field and later walked to the team bus with assistance.

He caught two passes for 23 yards and rushed once for 5 yards in the game. The 2022 first-round draft pick has eight catches for 122 yards and no touchdowns in five games this season.

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Oct 29, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Will Levis (8) throws a pass just before getting hit by Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle David Onyemata (90) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Will Levis expected to lead Titans against Steelers

Will Levis made a stellar first impression and is a near-certainty to start for the Tennessee Titans for the second time in five days.

Meanwhile, Kenny Pickett insists a rib injury won’t prevent him from answering the bell when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Titans on Thursday night.

Tennessee (3-4) took the wrapping off second-round draft pick Levis this past Sunday, and he put on a show with four touchdown passes in a 28-23 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in his NFL debut.

Ryan Tannehill missed the contest with a sprained right ankle and is unlikely to play against the Steelers (4-3). He sat out practice Tuesday while Levis was being prepared to start.

“I would imagine, as of today, it will be Will unless something changes,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Tuesday. “Right now, I don’t see Ryan being able to do much with the ankle.”

Levis said he has been looking forward to playing in Pittsburgh.

“Playing or not, I’ve had this game circled on the schedule because of how great the environment is going to be,” Levis said. “I know their fans are going to come out and it’s going to be a nice environment. So, we are ready to handle it. I am looking forward to taking it all in and then just doing my thing.”

Levis clicked well in his debut with wideout DeAndre Hopkins, who caught his first three touchdown passes of the season while making four receptions for 128 yards.

“We knew we were going to go out there and make those plays,” Hopkins said of his time on the field with Levis. “He felt confident in me and trusted me. Obviously, I want to be there for my quarterbacks, especially a first-time starter — that helps build his confidence.”

Tennessee insisted it wouldn’t trade star running back Derrick Henry, and Tuesday’s deadline passed without a deal. Henry has rushed for 10 or more touchdowns in five straight seasons, but he has just three through seven games. He has rushed for 526 yards.

As for Pickett, he was injured during the second quarter of Sunday’s 20-10 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars and was replaced by Mitch Trubisky.

He was limited during Tuesday’s walk-through and was able to do light throwing and later anointed himself as the starter.

“I’m playing, for sure,” Pickett said.

Pickett has passed for 1,330 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions this season. The Steelers are near the bottom of the league in both scoring offense (29th at 16.1 points per game) and total offense (30th at 271.7 yards per game).

Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Matt Canada said he didn’t think the short week will hinder Pickett.

“Great faith in Kenny that if he’s able to play, he’ll play,” Canada said. “If he feels like he’s not able to perform and do his job, he’ll tell us.”

While star outside linebacker T.J. Watt (8.5 sacks) will be trying to torment Levis, standout free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (hamstring) will miss the game. Fitzpatrick leads Pittsburgh with 54 tackles.

“We have multiple guys who are going to have to step up,” Steelers defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said Tuesday. “Guys are going to have to do some different things, and it’s our job on the short week to try to get them in the right position so they can play to their strengths. But it’s hard. You’re not going to replicate that guy.”

Damontae Kazee is slated to start in place of Fitzpatrick.

It’s possible that star defensive tackle Cameron Heyward (groin) will be cleared to play for the first time since being injured in Week 1. He was a full participant on Tuesday.

For Tennessee, Henry (ankle), Hopkins (toe) and defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons (ankle) were all limited Tuesday for the second straight day.

Pittsburgh has won the past four meetings with Tennessee. The Titans last beat the Steelers in 2013.

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Aug 25, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Peter Skoronski (77) walks the sideline during the second half against the New England Patriots at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans G Peter Skoronski recovering from burst appendix

Tennessee Titans rookie guard Peter Skoronski missed the last two games due to a ruptured appendix.

The 2023 first-round draft pick said he went to a Nashville hospital with discomfort on Sept. 16.

While he was at Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital, his appendix burst and he underwent emergency surgery.

“It ruptured, but they caught it basically,” Skoronski said Wednesday, per ESPN. “I’m very appreciative of everyone there that helped me out. They did a great job, and I’m doing fine.”

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Skoronski has started doing some conditioning work to get back into playing shape.

Skoronski, who started at left guard in Week 1, is not likely to return this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“It’s frustrating,” he said. “You want to be on the field as soon as possible, but you also don’t want to be out there in a position where you can’t do the right thing for your team.”

The Titans drafted Skoronski, 22, with the 11th overall pick out of Northwestern.

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Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (85) tackles Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) during the first quarter in Cleveland, Ohio, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023.

Browns take to the air, overwhelm Titans 27-3

Deshaun Watson went 27-of-33 passing for 289 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cleveland Browns to a 27-3 home win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Amari Cooper caught seven passes for 116 yards and a touchdown and Elijah Moore caught nine passes for 49 yards as Cleveland improved to 2-1.

The Browns’ defense dominated, sacking Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill five times and limiting Derrick Henry to just 20 yards rushing on 11 carries. Cleveland’s Myles Garrett was credited with 3 1/2 sacks.

Tannehill completed 13 of 25 passes for 104 yards, while guiding Tennessee to just six first downs and 94 yards of total offense.

On the other side, Cleveland amassed 23 first downs and had 341 yards of total offense.

Cleveland had 38 minutes of possession time compared to 22 for Tennessee.

Leading 13-3 at halftime, Cleveland opened it up to a 20-3 lead with 5:49 remaining in the third quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run by Jerome Ford to finish off an 11-play, 85-yard drive.

The Browns then went up 27-3 with 6:51 remaining in the game on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Watson to Cooper.

Cleveland opened the scoring with 7:49 remaining in the first quarter on a 48-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins before Tennessee tied the game with 14:14 left in the first haldf on a 44-yard field goal by Nick Folk.

The Browns took a 10-3 lead with 9:39 to go in the second quarter on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Watson to Ford before going up 13-3 with one minute left until halftime on a 52-yard field goal by Hopkins.

Watson’s gaudy numbers came while Cleveland struggled to run the ball in its first game playing without running back Nick Chubb, who is lost for the season with a knee injury.

Cleveland gained 78 yards on 31 carries (2.5 yards per carry) as a team.

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Sep 18, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Ford (34) runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Pittsburgh won 26-22. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Browns ready to move forward in matchup vs. Titans

It took just two weeks for the Cleveland Browns to have their season turned upside down.

Cleveland lost star running back Nick Chubb to a gruesome season-ending knee injury, and now the Browns will begin moving forward Sunday when they face the visiting Tennessee Titans.

Chubb exited Monday night’s 26-22 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with 14:14 left in the second quarter after taking a shot to the leg from safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. He had to be carted off the field, and Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed Tuesday that Chubb’s 2023 campaign was over.

“You don’t replace Nick Chubb,” Stefanski said. “You just don’t do that. Great players in the league, you look around, they go out. It’s always not one person that replaces a player of (Chubb’s) caliber. So, everybody’s got to do a little bit more, a little bit more everywhere.”

One player forced to step up in Chubb’s absence will be Jerome Ford, now the Browns’ No. 1 running back. Ford gained 106 yards on 16 carries and added a receiving touchdown on Monday.

“I honestly think Jerome Ford is a good running back, even prior to him getting in the game (against Pittsburgh) and playing how he was,” Tennessee linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair said. “He’s physical, so I think he’s just as good. Obviously not Nick Chubb, but he’s his own back and I like him a lot.”

Although Stefanski’s thoughts are with Chubb, he knows his team can’t sit around and mope with the Titans (1-1) coming to town.

“We’ve gotta move on,” Stefanski said. “We got a big one this week. We’ll miss Nick, and we will support Nick, but we’re moving on to Tennessee.”

The Titans beat the Chargers 27-24 in overtime last Sunday, holding Los Angeles to just 61 yards on the ground. Tennessee’s front seven will be out for more success against the running game when it goes up against a backfield in transition.

To help break through that front, Cleveland (1-1) brought back running back Kareem Hunt on a one-year deal on Wednesday.

Hunt spent the past four seasons with the Browns, rushing for 1,874 yards and 16 TDs.

“I think it’s a big deal,” Stefanski said of Hunt’s familiarity with the offense. “There’s obviously some newness that Kareem is learning, but he can pick up things very quickly, so that definitely factored into (bringing him back).”

Perhaps the Browns can take a page or two from Tennessee’s book as they prepare to move forward with a new-look offense. The Titans have been getting contributions from all over, most notably from rookie running back Tyjae Spears and second-year wideout Treylon Burks.

Spears rushed for 49 yards on eight carries in the win over Los Angeles, while Burks had three receptions for 76 yards.

“I think a good offense, especially how we operate, operates best when everybody can do what they do best,” said wide receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, who gave Tennessee a late lead Sunday with a TD reception. “That was a taste of it last week.”

Spears could take on an even bigger role this week depending on the status of Derrick Henry, who was limited during Wednesday’s practice with a toe injury.

Linebackers Harold Landry (hamstring) and Denico Autry (foot) were also limited, while cornerback Anthony Kendall (hip), offensive tackle Peter Skoronski (abdomen) and linebacker Luke Gifford (quad) did not practice.

Cleveland held a walkthrough on Wednesday, but had it practiced in full, receiver Amari Cooper (groin/shoulder), cornerback Greg Newsome II (elbow) and defensive end Za’Darius Smith (ankle/thigh) all would have been out.

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Sep 17, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) celebrates his touchdown in the third quarter at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Simmons-USA TODAY Sports

Ryne Tannehill leads Titans past Chargers in OT

Ryan Tannehill passed for 246 yards and a touchdown, Nick Folk made a 41-yard field goal in overtime and the Tennessee Titans pulled off a 27-24 victory Sunday over the visiting Los Angeles Chargers to end an eight-game losing streak going back to last season.

Derek Henry gained 79 yards of the Titans’ 140 total yards on the ground as Tennessee (1-1) found some offense one week after a limited attack in a loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Tannehill pulled off a seven-play, 82-yard drive to give the Titans a 24-21 lead with 2:22 remaining in regulation after a 4-yard touchdown pass to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine. The Chargers sent the game into overtime on Cameron Dicker’s 33-yard field goal as the clock expired.

The Tennessee defense held the Chargers to a three-and-out to open overtime then got into field-goal position by moving 37 yards in eight plays.

Justin Herbert was 27-of-41 passing and 305 yards for the Chargers, connecting on two touchdown passes to Keenan Allen, who had eight receptions for 111 yards. Mike Williams also had eight catches for the Chargers and 83 yards.

Playing without Austin Ekeler (ankle), the Chargers had just 61 yards rushing on 21 carries. The Los Angeles defense had five sacks, with two from Joey Bosa.

The Chargers appeared to be in control early, taking a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on Dicker’s 27-yard field goal.

Los Angeles went eight plays and 47 yards, scoring a second-quarter TD when Herbert connected with Allen on an 8-yard pass. Herbert then found eligible offensive tackle Trey Pipkins III on a pass for the 2-point conversion for an 11-0 lead.

The Titans answered quickly with Tannehill finding Treylon Burks on a 70-yard pass to the Chargers’ 5-yard line one play after the Los Angeles TD. Henry scored from 1 yard out to cut the deficit to 11-7.

Field goals by both teams gave the Chargers a 14-10 lead at halftime.

Tennessee took its first lead of the game at 17-14 on its opening drive of the second half, going 75 yards in nine plays and finding the end zone when Tannehill scored on a 12-yard run on an option play.

The Chargers moved back in front 21-17 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter when Herbert found Allen in the end zone for a second time, this one from 12 yards.

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