After a week and a half dealing with COVID and not being able to practice, the Titans came out strong against the Bills and shocked most people by dominating this game from the start. I was not expecting much resistance to be put up by the Titans against a Bills team that has been looking dominant – especially seeing as they were only really able to practice one day last week and that was a glorified walk through. By coming out with a W in this game, the Titans showed that they may be poised to make a strong playoff run this year.
The Titans started off strong with a Malcolm Butler interception on the third play of the game that set the offense up for a very easy first score. Butler got another interception and a long return in the second half to set up another easy score for the offense. As a whole the defense looked pretty good but continues to struggle on third down and is currently the worst in the NFL at stopping teams on third down. If they are able to work on getting those key stops and players keep stepping up for the defense, they will be well set to shut down more offenses this season.
Tannehill and Henry continue to lead the offense and are starting to turn heads in the league. Tannehill is really getting hot and led the team to victory with 195 passing yards and three passing touchdowns adding an additional 42 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Henry was a force to be reckoned with even though his yard totals weren’t fantastic, he tallied just 57 yards on 19 carries but had two scores which were highlight reel plays. The biggest highlight of his day though has to be the crazy stiff-arm he put down on Josh Norman, if you saw it you probably yelled out loud at your tv, if you didn’t see it, please go watch a replay because it is insane. It just goes to show you that Derrick Henry is a beast of a man and short of an injury will continue to dominate on the ground for the Titans.
The Titans will play the Houston Texans on Sunday at home. The Texans are currently 1-4 and have looked pretty sluggish this year. I expect the defense to have no issue containing David Johnson and Deshaun Watson. On the offensive side of the ball, if Tannehill and Henry continue to lead the team and they are actually able to keep getting together for practice, they should have no problem scoring on what looks to be a less than stellar Texans D.