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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars enjoyed a near-perfect opener.
Rookie Leonard Fournette ran the ball with authority behind a surprisingly stout offensive line. Blake Bortles played sack- and turnover-free football for just the second time in 45 career starts. The defense allowed 203 yards, forced four turnovers and had 10 sacks.
It was the team’s ideal identity, the smash-mouth style new coach Doug Marrone and decision maker Tom Coughlin spent the last eight months trying to build.
It also looked a lot like what the Tennessee Titans (0-1) have constructed under second-year coach Mike Mularkey.
When the AFC South rivals meet Sunday in Jacksonville, the Jaguars (1-0) will try to prove Week 1 was no fluke and the start of a season-long trend.
“It means a lot,” Fournette said. “At the end of the day, physical play is what our head coach wants from us. I believe we have the team, we have the players to do it each and every week. It’s a mindset to come out there and play physical.”
It’s exactly what the Jaguars did in a dominating 29-7 victory at Houston.
“I think we’re grasping the idea of not shooting ourselves in the foot and losing games before we learn how to win games,” veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis said. “So if we go out there and just handle our business, we’re going to be in every game.”
Even though the Titans ran for 95 yards — 40 yards shy of what they averaged in 2016 — and gave up 26 points, they had no complaints about how physical they played in a 10-point home loss to…
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