The Tennessee Titans headed to Foxborough to take on a hot New England Patriots team, that I knew would be tough to beat at home. Not to mention they are playing with players that weren’t even on our active roster on opening day. So how did we fair in our last game before we get a much-needed bye week?
In a big game against the New England Patriots, the Titans are fighting for their lives to stay in the hunt for the top spot in the AFC. It is starting to show how much the Titans really miss some of their start players like Derrick Henry, AJ Brown, and Julio Jones.
First Half Breakdown
The Titans started out with a 3 and out on their opening drive. Brett Kern did what he does best and flips the field, or so we thought. Chris Jackson moved a little too early and we had to rekick and the second wasn’t as nice as the first. In a short field, New England drove down the field and scored.
On the next drive, Tennessee had their best drive since Henry went down and drove the whole field to try and tie the ball game up. Randy Bullock banged it off the right up front for a missed extra point. The drive after the missed extra point, Ryan Tannehill drove his team down the field to get in Bullock’s range, only to have him bang it off the same upright again. The defense played their bend but don’t break defense before the half to force not one but two field goals.
Tannehill and crew got the ball back and you could feel one of those iconic 2-minute drills where the Titans take over a game. This drive was going that way before Dontrell Hilliard fumbled in what could have been field goal range for Bullock. The Titans’ defense gets back onto the field and forces a punt with a minute to go in the half, giving the ball back to the Titans one more time. That’s when Hilliard did his best Henry impression, to take off for a 68-yard touchdown run before the half. It was a 3 point game at the half.
Second Half Meltdown
The Titans force Mac Jones and his offense to settle for a Nick Folk field goal. On the next drive, it looked like D’onta Foreman had his own long run for a score before it gets stripped away. Mike Vrabel’s team did the same thing in the rest of the second half. Just when it looked like they had life, they would continue to shoot themselves in the foot.
Final Takeaways from the Titans’ Loss
This is a hurt and tired team that is more than a family. If this team can get healthy and start to gel again by January, good luck NFL, this team might surprise you. Injuries didn’t lose them this game, but it didn’t help any. You can’t miss two field goals and turn the ball over three times and expect to win many games in this league.
Thankfully, the Titans have a bye next week. This Tennessee team is dog-tired and most are playing with minor injuries. This has been a hard 12 weeks for them. If you would have asked me what I think a team’s record would be that has played 84 different players, I’d likely say three wins, and that’s being generous. The Titans are just 8-4 going into the bye week. I’m disappointed in the result today but I’m also so proud of the way they fought so hard today.