NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Laquon Treadwell lined up wide right with Laviska Shenault to his left, and the two took off downfield at the snap.

At about 10 yards, Treadwell cut in and Shenault cut out, heading directly for each other. Shenault saw the trouble quickly and went to the ground to avoid what might have been a real train wreck.

That left Treadwell to trip over him/run into Elijah Molden and fall on top of Treadwell’s legs, after which the ball landed behind them both, toward the sideline.

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“I was laughing, honestly,” Kevin Byard said. “End of the game, two guys run into each other. I don’t want to speak too much on it. But I was talking some trash a little bit to them. It’s one of those things. I don’t know. It’s tough for them boys over there.”

En route to a 20-0 win over Treadwell, Shenault and the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Titans often forced the issue, but they also stayed out of the way and allowed the visitors to make mistakes. It’s something Tennessee failed to do enough in losses earlier this season against other terrible teams, the Jets and the Texans.

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PK121221NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An opportunistic defense took advantage of a miserable team.

Sunday afternoon we watched the Titans do to the Jaguars what they should have done to the Jets and the Texans earlier this season.

This time they got it right, cut their magic number for winning the AFC South down to two, got things corrected in the turnover differential department and didn't need to do anything dramatic on offense while they forced turnovers and watched Jacksonville do stupid stuff.

Let's all talk about it all as we do after every game.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Not only are the Houston Texans continuing to crumble, but they are also helping out division rivals.

Their release of linebacker Zach Cunningham turned into a major gain for the Tennessee Titans.

After claiming him off waivers, Tennessee is only on the hook for $316,112 for the remaining five games of the 2021 season, and has contractual control of Cunningham through 2024.

Zach Cunningham

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The Titans were 26th in waivers, so we know everybody passed on Cunningham except Kansas City, Dallas, New England, Tampa Bay, Green Bay and Arizona.

We don’t know if those teams put in a claim. [Unlocked]

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Scouting preview: Returns from injury allow Titans' depth to return to proper positions

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans are coming off a much-needed bye week hopefully got the needed rest both mentally and physically after a lot of highs and a few lows to end a stretch of 12 games.

Now they get to face one of the worst teams in the NFL in the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jaguars vs. Titans

This is a much-needed opponent because Jacksonville provides very little challenge in terms of competition if the Titans play well.

Some of the injured players should be coming off the injured list and others who have been inactive for games because of injuries should be closer to returning for the stretch run and the playoffs.

The Titans need to find a win against the Jaguars and must show improved offensive production and a plan on how to attack teams when their star players are not available.

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 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For weeks in May, Titans’ fandom crackled: Julio Jones could be coming.

The potential price and merits of a trade with Atlanta for the all-time great were hotly debated -- with the vast majority in favor of his acquisition in a go-for-it move. The Titans No. 1 receiver A.J. Brown, a huge fan, had big fun publicly campaigning for a deal.

Julio Jones

On June 9 the Titans made the exchange, getting Jones and a 2023 sixth-rounder for their 2022 second-round selection and a fourth-round pick in 2023.

His new teammates rejoiced and the vast majority of fans and media applauded.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – X plays.

It’s the increasingly popular lingo for explosive plays and the Titans’ path to 8-4 hasn’t featured many of them. Particularly in the passing game.

  • Tennessee has eight passes of 30 or more yards this season.
  • It is tied for a league-low with 14 passes of more than 25 yards.
  • The Titans have 27 pass plays of 20 or more, a low number
  • They have just 55 plays of 15 or more -- the distance most frequently used to classify an X play.

Jeremy McNichols

Pool photo, Jeremy McNichols/ Donald Page, Tennessee Titans

The loss of their big-play receivers has certainly hurt. A.J. Brown has missed two games, falling out of a couple others and is now on IR. Julio Jones has played in just six games, not finishing them all and has just been activated to practice.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- At 8-4, the Titans stand second in the AFC thanks to their conference record.

Rested up after their bye, they will be on the practice field Wednesday preparing for a visit from the Jacksonville Jaguars. It's their third game against one of the AFC's three worst teams, and they've managed to lose at the Jets and to the Texans. 

They can't possibly suffer that fate again, can they?PK Unleashed

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Much of the Titans hopes as they restart their season following their Week 13 bye rest with their overall team health.

Three players on injured reserve -- Julio Jones, Dane Cruikshank and Racey McMath -- were designated Monday to return to practice 

Jones (hamstring) and Cruikshank (knee) are eligible to return to play after missing three games on IR. McMath (quad) has missed seven games.Julio Jones

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Seven others who didn’t play the team’s last game against the Patriots could also be in line to return:

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