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Defense shines under the lights

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Another road game, another victory for the Tennessee Titans.

For those keeping count, that's three road wins in a row this season after Monday's 30-3 massacre of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Anytime you can win on the road it’s impressive,” safety Vincent Fuller said. “Now we have to focus on winning at home.”

Next up on the schedule are the Philadelphia Eagles at home.

Fittingly, it was the Titans defense that led the charge for another road victory. After three interceptions at Dallas a week ago, the Titans intercepted the Jaguars three times Monday night.

With just over six minutes to go in the game and the Jaguars at the Titans 1-yard line, Jacksonville was facing fourth-and-goal and trailing 23-3. Fuller then intercepted Trent Edwards in the end zone, dashing any hope of a consolation touchdown for the Jaguars.

“It was great communication between myself and the corner,” Fuller said. “We knew they were going to go with a 'rub' route and he threw to the inside guy; I was able to make a play on the football and be at the right place at the right time.”

The Titans have lost the time of possession battle most of the year, but even won that Monday night [32:45 to 27:15].

“Our offense kept pressing them and controlling the game clock,” Fuller added.

Rookie Alterraun Verner and safety Michael Griffin also had interceptions for the Titans in the lopsided win. For both, it was their second straight game with a pick.

Verner was simply trying to break up the pass intended for Tiquan Underwood when he located the ball, he said.

“I had a feeling that there was a high possibility with it being third-and-9 or third-and-8 that they were going to try to do something at the sticks to get the first down,” Verner said. “He broke down and I just drove to him. I was thinking that the ball was probably out already. I was like, 'OK, let's just secure the tackle and try to get the breakup.' I end up looking up and I saw the ball was a catchable distance. I got it and I couldn't stay up.”

The Titans also dominated third downs in the game on both sides of the ball, converting 8-of-14 (57%) on offense and limiting the Jaguars to 3-for-13 (23%).

All in all, it continues to be timely turnovers for this opportunistic defense. Stephen Tulloch forced and recovered a Marcedes Lewis fumble that killed off a Jaguars scoring chance just before halftime.

“If we allowed them to get in the end zone it would have helped their confidence, but our defense did a great job of not allowing that to happen,” Fuller said.

The Titans are now 4-2 and share the division lead with Houston and Indianapolis.

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