The Tennessee Titans took care of business on Sunday, beating the now 0-5 Jacksonville Jaguars in a mostly one-sided, 37-19 game.
It’s hard to truly feel good about the Titans after the performance, though.
That’s because, just seven days ago, Tennessee laid an egg and lost to the then 0-3, now 1-4, New York Jets.
The bad taste of that clunker should go away simply because the Titans beat a bad Jaguars team.
The Titans had a chance to head into their upcoming Monday Night Football clash against the potent Buffalo Bills with a 4-1 record and, instead, they blew it against one of the NFL’s worst teams.
Head coach Mike Vrabel and his team should have been able to do to the Jets what they did to the Jaguars, and the fact that they didn’t makes it difficult to trust them heading into a tough portion of their schedule.
— Buck Reising (@BuckReising) October 10, 2021
Additionally, it’s important not to forget the Titans’ embarrassing Week One performance in their 38-13 loss to Arizona.
Another reason why it’s hard to trust the Titans is that many of the issues that plagued them against the Jets were still present in Jacksonville on Sunday, though the final score was much more favorable.
Tennessee’s pass protection has been so bad that it’s a miracle QB Ryan Tannehill hasn’t gotten hurt. He’s taken 20 sacks through just five games after taking just 25 over the entirety of the 2020 season.
The offense also, again, failed to develop much of a discernable rhythm in the passing game. The unit continues to be overly reliant on RB Derrick Henry, whose workload has been massive.
Defensively, the Titans remain inconsistent. At times, the unit makes good plays, such as when CB Elijah Molden forced a fumble on the Jaguars’ first drive of the game that safety Kevin Byard returned for a touchdown.
OLB Harold Landry is also playing very well.
At other times, though, the unit looks completely overwhelmed. RB James Robinson of the Jaguars certainly seemed to have the Titans’ number on Sunday, constantly running into gaping holes en route to a 149-yard performance.
Another example of the Titans’ defense looking relatively pathetic is when five different players missed tackles on a 58-yard Laviska Shenault catch and run.
How the Titans perform on Oct. 18 against the Bills in primetime will go a long way toward proving the true makeup of the team.
For now, Tennessee is nothing more than a team that’s certainly capable of winning but also of losing to bad teams and getting blown out by good ones.
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