What a game this was.
Finally, after two disappointing losses, the Titans were able to pull out a win against a good Los Angeles Chargers squad.
There is still a long way to go, but the team looks as if they have some fire back in their bellies and will be aiming to carry that momentum forward into the following weeks.
The most notable piece of Sunday’s game was that the change at quarterback seems to have given the team a spark that they were desperately needing.
Ryan Tannehill looked solid in his first start in a Titans uniform, completing 23 of 29 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns with only one interception.
Not the most prolific stat line by any means, but it is much better than the team has been producing in the last few weeks and it was desperately needed to get this offense back on track.
With the offense finally able to get some points on the board, the defense was in peak form and hungry to get the win.
Also looking back to form was Derrick Henry, who, after last weeks’ abysmal performance, went out and ran 22 times for 90 yards and a touchdown. Receivers Davis and Brown also had good showings each hauling in six catches with Davis taking one of those into the endzone.
A good amount of credit goes to Tannehill who was solid as a game manager in this one, but the effectiveness of the offense is also attributed to the O-line who was finally able to hold a pocket and also open gaps for Henry to run through. With the offense clicking and the defense continuing to look solid, they were able to come out on top.
The defense continues to be as solid as ever and was dominant on the goal line when Wesley Woodyard stripped the ball from Melvin Gordon on the one yard line.
That play alone probably saved the game as that would have put the Titans in a hole with little time to come back. Although they were clicking on the offensive side of the ball, I wouldn’t put all my hopes for a win into a last minute drive to come from behind. The only thing the defense needs to do is continue to be the force that they have been.
Overall this game was a much needed boost to the team’s morale and will hopefully get them some momentum to bring into their next match against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay has stumbled a bit, but they have a strong offense so Tannehill will have to will the team to score a good amount in order to keep up. I’m looking forward to this one in the hopes of seeing a strong offensive showing.
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