Due to some technical difficulties, last weeks’ recap was unable to be posted, so here is a brief summary. The Titans beat the Jaguars 33-30, Gostkowski bounced back after his week one performance and seems to be heating up now that the decision has been made for him to stop wearing a sock for his kicks. Tannehill has taken a step forward and is leading the offense down the field as many fans hoped he would The main area for concern remains the defense as the Titans continue to let opposing teams score big.
Now to week 3. The biggest thing that stood out is that the defense seems to be struggling having let the opposing offense score 30+ points for the second week in a row. The Titans allowed the Vikings to put up 460 yards in this match. This large clump of yardage allowed is going to come back to bite them soon if they cant figure out a way to contain at least one or two of the opposing teams’ weapons. Luckily for them, Gostkowski was able to nail all 6 of his field goals in order to bring the team out on top, but if the defense continues to allow huge games, its only a matter of time before it catches up to them.
Tannehill looked great, he racked up a total of 321 yards passing and added another 9 on the ground. He did have an interception, but for the most part I think this is what Titans’ fans have been waiting to see from Tannehill. He looks composed and is driving the team down the field. I would like to see the drives start to end in TDs as opposed to field goals, but with as many trips as they are taking down the field I believe those will be coming shortly.
Derrick Henry is a beast. He continues to put the team on his back and carry them down the field, he racked up 119 rushing yards, 11 receiving yards, and two touchdowns in this game. He continues to show his power and prove why he is so hard to bring down to the ground. I expect the team to lean heavily on him for the rest of the season. If they do this, and the defense can get some stops, the team will be well set up.
Gostkowski is automatic, he nailed all six of his field goals and one extra point to give the team the W. After his shaky first week it is good to see that he is back on form. His decision to remove his sock seems to be the best thing he could have done. I cant imagine his shoes smell all that pleasant after that performance, but if it allows him to kick like that, then I say off with the socks.
Analysis — while I am pleased the team is off to such a nice start, I have misgivings about them moving forward. They are 3-0, however through those three games they have won by a total of 6 points. Not a very comfortable margin, and with the defense seeming to have a unnerving number of gaps, these close games could very easily swing the other way. Luckily Gostkowski is back on form or the team would not stand a chance, but if the Titans’ defense is going to allow high scoring games then the offense needs to pick things up and not rely on Gostkowski to put through six field goals every game. Tannehill needs to lead the team into the red zone more often on drives and capitalize on the opportunities they are given.
The Titans will next play the Steelers…eventually. If you haven’t heard yet, there have been several members of the team as well as the support staff that have contracted COVID-19. Due to this, the team has suspended in-person activities until at least Saturday and their game with Pittsburgh has been delayed until Monday or Tuesday, the NFL has yet to put out an official game time so we will wait and see. I think that the team and the NFL is taking the safe route in suspending in person activities and delaying the game which will hopefully help to contain the situation. The NFL said in the preseason that if a team could field a full roster then they would play the game as scheduled so I am curious as to why the game is not going to be held on time. I do think that the Titans will benefit from the delay, seeing as they would be limited to just one day of practice otherwise. But that’s how things are going to have to be this year if this is going to continue. When the Titans eventually play the Steelers, I am not too confident in their chances. I hate to be pessimistic, but Big Ben and the offense has looked great and the Steelers defense is top of the league right now. Combine that with a short / almost non existent week of practice, and I think its going to be very hard for the Titans to come out on top.
Hopefully, I’m wrong.