JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Gardner Minshew threw two touchdown passes and should have had a third, Calais Campbell spearheaded another defensive gem and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tennessee Titans 20-7 in sloppy conditions Thursday night.
Jacksonville (1-2) ended a four-game losing streak in the AFC South series and avoided the franchise's second 0-3 start in four years.
Minshew Mania, meanwhile, picked up momentum.
With all eyes on star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who may have played his final game for Jacksonville, Minshew and a second straight stellar defensive outing captured the spotlight. The Jaguars had nine sacks.
"You seen what the D-line did," Ramsey said, declining to talk about his potential trade. "Today was their day. Everybody got a piece of it. I was excited to see those guys have a huge game."
A sixth-round draft pick starting his second consecutive game in place of injured Nick Foles (broken collarbone), Minshew completed 20 of 30 passes for 204 yards. He found James O'Shaughnessy wide open for a 7-yard score, which came one play after Adoree' Jackson's muffed punt. Minshew was more precise with a 22-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark, who was blanketed by Malcolm Butler. Dede Westbrook dropped a would-be touchdown in the third quarter.
Jacksonville sacked Marcus Mariota nine times, with Campbell getting three sacks.
One of his came on a highly questionable fourth-down attempt. Titans coach Mike Vrabel, with his team trailing 14-0 early in the third, passed on a short field goal on fourth-and-6 at the 11.
But Campbell got past backup guard Jamil Douglas, and Mariota had no time to get rid of the ball.
The Titans (1-2) finally got on the scoreboard with Derrick Henry's 1-yard plunge early in the fourth. Henry finished with 44 yards on 17 carries, down from his 238 yards against the Jaguars last December.
The officiating was roundly ripped — in the stands and around the country. Most notable: Titans linebacker Kamalei Correa was questionably flagged for roughing the passer in the second quarter, and Tennessee cornerback Logan Ryan was called for pass interference after barely touching Westbrook.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tweeted, "Too many penalties. Just let us play!!!!"A few minutes later, he tweeted, "I'm turning off this game I can't watch these ridiculous penalties anymore."