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Titans rip reeling Jags

McNair, George and a swarming defense hand Jacksonville its fourth straight loss 27-13.

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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 17, 2000


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The first prime-time game in Tennessee was a showcase for the Titans' prime-time players: Eddie George, Steve McNair and Frank Wycheck.

The Titans beat their favorite whipping boys, the Jacksonville Jaguars, 27-13 Monday night as George ran for 165 yards on 30 carries, McNair threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns and Wycheck started things by catching a touchdown flat on his back.

The defense had five sacks as several streaks continued.

The Titans won their fifth straight after an opening loss in Buffalo, putting them alone in first place in the AFC Central, one-half game ahead of Baltimore.

Jacksonville lost its fourth straight, its longest skid since its first season in 1995. Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith bruised his right knee in the first quarter.

Tennessee won its fifth straight over Jacksonville. Last season, when the Jaguars went 15-3, all their losses were to the Titans.

And George, who didn't crack 100 yards in his first three games, had his third straight in triple figures and second over 150.

The Jaguars had two chances in the first half, at the beginning and the end. They blew both.

Four minutes into the game, Fred Taylor broke loose on a 71-yard run that gave Jacksonville a first down at the Tennessee 7. But the Jags settled for a 23-yard field goal by Mike Hollis and a 3-0 lead.

Trailing 17-3 with two minutes left, Brunell completed a screen that Anthony Johnson carried 48 yards. On third and 10 from the Titans 21, Brunell found Keenan McCardell down the middle. As McCardell dived for the end zone, Marcus Robertson stripped the ball and Samari Rolle fell on it for a touchback.

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