A depleted defense allowed 370 yards on a day that seemingly went every way Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey wanted it to. At times it felt like every time McCaffrey touched the ball it was a first down or a score.
The Stanford running back had three scores on the day, two on the ground and one through the air. Kyle Allen performed well enough to keep the Panther offense rolling over the Titans all day.
The Titans were unable to score in the first half, a trend that has haunted them all season. For the fourth time this year they were held scoreless in the first half – a stat that leads the NFL.
Ryan Tannehill had two late interceptions that has his stat line looking a little skewed. One pick came off the hands of a well-thrown ball to rookie A.J. Brown that should have been caught but instead turned into a turnover for the Panthers. The other turnover came late in the game during the Titans’ desperate run towards the end of the game.
The defense continually struggled to get off the field on third down. A couple of costly penalties also made a big difference that the Panthers were able to capitalize on.
With the loss, the Titans remain in last tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Colts fell to the Steelers but the Texans topped the Jags which puts them comfortably ahead of the AFC South at 6-3.
The 4-5 Titans face the 6-3 Chiefs at home next week in a big matchup. A win puts them back in the race for the division while another loss might throw the season into further turmoil.
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