Heading into the Tennessee Titans‘ Sunday Night Football clash with the Rams, all eyes were on the team’s offense as fans wondered how the unit would fare without RB Derrick Henry.

It was the Titans’ defense, though, that ended the game as the center of attention.

Tennessee stifled L.A.’s usually potent and explosive offense, preventing QB Matthew Stafford and company from scoring a touchdown until the game had already gotten out of hand.

The impressive showing proved that the Titans will be more than capable of continuing in their winning ways during Henry’s extended absence because they can win in more ways than one.

With Henry, the Titans’ primary method of winning games was simple: give the ball to No. 22 as much as possible, let him make his signature big plays, and play quality defense on the other side of the ball.

Against the Rams, Tennessee’s winning formula was equally simple but very different, practically; the Titans won by merely playing passably on offense and putting together a defensive masterpiece.

The Titans’ defense front manhandled the Rams’ offensive line, putting Stafford under duress all game and sacking him five times. Three of those sacks came from budding star DL Jeffery Simmons.

Tennessee’s secondary also rose to the occasion, locking down L.A.’s receivers and forcing Stafford into multiple ill-advised throws, including one that safety Kevin Byard intercepted and returned for a touchdown.

As the Titans await Henry’s return, they can take solace in knowing that they won’t suffer some kind of monumental collapse without him.

They managed to beat arguably the most talented team in the NFL sans Henry, and they did it on the shoulders of their defense.

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