The Titans lost their matchup Sunday despite the offense looking strong and able to move the ball effectively. The teams’ defense and special teams continue to be weak points and areas of concern for the Titans.
The Titans are currently last in the league when it comes to third down defense. The Bengals, who have had some difficulties on offense this year and are scaring no one with their scoring abilities, were able to convert 10 of 15 third downs and a crucial fourth down when they had four yards remaining. It doesn’t really matter how well the offense does on a given day if the defense is unable to stop teams from continuing drives. At this point it seems to be a mental block for the defense and hopefully it will pass because if the team hopes to get back on track, they are going to require the men on the defensive side of the ball to get some key stops mid drive.
There was a scary moment in the game when wide receiver Adam Humphries went down and was laying on the ground. He was down for so long that his teammates took knees around him and were worried about his condition. After the game coach Vrabel said that he was moving around but was noticeably in pain. He was evaluated for concussion and was not able to return to the game. Hopefully he is able to make a quick recovery and get back on to the field where he is a key part of moving the ball toward the end zone.
It wasn’t all black clouds over the game, the offense actually looked pretty effective with Ryan Tannehill throwing for 233 yards and two touchdowns, with most of that going to Corey Davis who caught eight passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. Tannehill had one interception on the day, but for the most part looked to be poised in the pocket and fully comfortable in control of the offense. Derrick Henry as usual went ham running for yet another 100+ yard game tallying 112 and one touchdown. Jonnu Smith was pretty quiet on the day only earning 29 yards on two catches. As he gets healthier I expect to see him more involved and the Titans able to march the ball downfield more easily.
There isn’t much to say other than, the offense continues to perform as expected and even better than some had hoped, while the defense leaves a lot to be desired. The team will face the Chicago Bears next week who do not have a compelling offense, but do have a stout defense. It will be interesting to see what breaks first, hopefully it is the Bears’ defense, but that remains to be seen.