To start, apologizes for this article being late, my computer completely crashed and I was unable to recover what I had already written. In an effort to get this out today I will simply summarize what I had already written for this article so it may look a little different than my previous entries. With that…we continue.
To be blunt, the Titans threw this one away. There were several opportunities for the team to get ahead in the game and take the win, but they were unable to capitalize.
Couple that with some avoidable mistakes, and the Titans weren’t able to recover.
The defense continues to be solid and only allowed 14 points and are one of only four teams in the 2019 season to hold opponents to less than 20 pts in each of the first 5 games. They also had one interception courtesy of Kevin Byard. Basically, the defense did enough to give the team the win but the offense was unable to take advantage.
Fingers begin to point toward Mariota and question whether or not he should continue to be the lead on offense, and while I don’t think he has been playing at the level the team expected, fault does not entirely fall on his shoulders. The O-line was unable to give Mariota a consistent pocket and give him time to go through his progressions to find the open man, which caused him to be sacked 5 times.
Mariota only threw for 183 yards, and Derrick Henry ran for only 78 yards, scoring the Titan’s sole touchdown. With only 183 yards passing during the contest, none of the pass catchers looked stellar at all. To cap it all off, Cairo Santos had a game to forget, missing ALL FOUR of his field goal attempts.
At the end of the day, the offense needs to get things together and capitalize on opportunities to get in the end zone. The team will face the Broncos in Denver this week which has potential to be a get right game for the Titans seeing as Denver has also been struggling this year to gain traction. If the team is unable to get a victory this upcoming week, then the outlook for the rest of the season starts to look very stormy.
— Andrew Lyons
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