The Titans look to be back in shape following Sunday’s game against the Falcons. After two poor performances, the team bounced back in a big way to take home the victory against a stout Falcons team.
This is what we were hoping to see from the Titans following their outstanding week one victory over the Browns. After falling to two divisional opponents in 5 days, the extended break from last weeks’ Thursday night game gave the team time to regroup and refocus as they headed into this weekend. The 10 day gap after their last game was very much needed for the crew as they were able to get some things right and come away with the win.
Marcus Mariota continues to have a total of zero turnovers on the season — he is the only quarterback who has started all four games who has no turnovers. While luck plays a small factor, he has looked more comfortable in the pocket and has been playing at a higher level than we saw in the last two games. On Sunday, he completed 18 passes on 27 attempts for 227 yards and three touchdowns, and added 22 yards on the ground. Much of his success can be attributed to the Titans’ big men up front who allowed ZERO sacks during the game after giving up 9 last week to Jacksonville. If Mariota continues this play, the team will be well positioned to return to the playoffs this year.
This game was one of hyper-efficiency for the receiving core with A.J. Brown gaining 94 yards on just three receptions with two of those going for touchdowns. Corey Davis also added 91 yards on five catches and a touchdown. Adam Humphries was once again unproductive in this matchup because he was drawing coverage that allowed the other receivers to get open. For the season, I don’t expect Humphries to be a huge scorer, but he will draw a lot of coverage from the top cornerbacks and will free up space on the field for the rest of the pass catchers. However, should Humphries get free, his top end speed in space will cause problems for opposing defenses.
Derrick Henry had a decent game on the ground, running for 100 yards on 27 carries. While not the most efficient, his continuous battering of the defense wore them down and allowed the rest of the offense to get into a solid rhythm that contributed greatly to the teams’ success. Henry continues to show the aggressiveness that he had at the end of last season, and will look to continue pounding defenses with his bruising running style.
The other highlight for the team was the continued dominance by the defense. In total the Titans defense tallied five sacks, one forced fumble, and three pivotal stops on 4th down. With Vrabel wanting to be a defense-oriented team, we can expect this level of performance to continue through the rest of the season. Currently the defense is among the top five in the league in terms of defensive scoring.
With all assets on the team working together, they were able to put together a solid performance against the Falcons and gain back some confidence coming off of two consecutive losses. The team will host the Bills next Sunday who are coming off a close 16-10 loss to the Patriots. I expect this game to be a low scoring defensive affair, but if Mariota and the WR’s can keep up the efficiency, they have a solid chance to come out on top.
— Andrew Lyons
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