Jaguars leaning on defense to salvage what's left of season

Still, safety Tashaun Gipson hasn’t lost his desire to prove defensively they can play at the same level they did in last week’s 6-0 victory against the Indianapolis Colts for the remainder of the season.

They stopped the Colts on three fourth-down plays, sacked quarterback Andrew Luck three times and held them to 265 yards, their fewest yardage output this season.

Until Sunday’s win over the Colts, the Jaguars (4-8) couldn’t avoid beating themselves with coverage busts, numerous penalties and bad quarterback play.

Desperate for change, coach Doug Marrone fired his offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett last week and benched Blake Bortles , replacing him with backup Cody Kessler, who will earn his second consecutive start on Thursday night.

Though the Jaguars defense didn’t give up a touchdown, they allowed a 12-play, 65-yard drive that ended on Ryan Succop ’s decisive 28-yard field goal with 4:06 to play.

The Titans (6-6), who remain in contention for a playoff berth, had to overcome a 16-0 first-half deficit to beat the New York Jets 26-22 on Sunday with Mariota accomplishing his eighth game-winning drive since the 2017 season.

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