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Tampa Bay, the pressure is on you now.
Jacksonville has left the Buccaneers alone in the NFL's winless green room. The Jaguars are on the board in 2013 after a 29-27 victory at Tennessee on Sunday that was more convincing than the score indicates. The Jaguars hadn't lost a game by less than double digits this season, but never trailed the Titans.
The Buccaneers, who play Monday night against the Miami Dolphins, are the only team that doesn't have a win this season and the lone candidate to join the 2008 Lions as the only 0-16 NFL teams.
Ultimately, the win could end up being bad for the Jaguars if it costs them the first pick of the draft and their choice of quarterbacks, most likely Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater or Oregon's Marcus Mariota. But the historic embarrassment of being in the 0-16 club is nothing any team wants.
Jacksonville got on the board early, taking a 7-0 lead on a Maurice Jones-Drew touchdown. And even though the Jaguars came in as a double-digit underdog, Jacksonville controlled most of the game. The Titans lost quarterback Jake Locker to a foot injury, which didn't help them. And when the Titans rallied to cut the Jaguars' lead to 22-20 late in the game and then got the ball back, Jacksonville cornerback Will Blackmon ripped the ball from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on a great play and returned it for a touchdown with 2:32 left. The Titans scored again with 40 seconds left, but the Jaguars recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock.
The NFL will have to find a new butt to its jokes. The previously hapless Jaguars are in the win column.
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