The Titans dropped their second game in a row, now four of their last five. This latest loss came against the Broncos who came in 1-4 on the year, earning their first win just last week. Tennessee has now fallen to last in the conference trailing the 3-2 Colts and the 4-2 Texans
Marcus Mariota played his worst game of the year. The fifth year quarterback turned the ball over for the first time this season not once, but twice through the air. His 7-18 night for 63 yards and two interceptions would end in his being pulled in the third quarter in favor of backup Ryan Tannehill.
Tannehill came in and had the offense moving for the first time all day. Though none of his drives ended with a score, the offense was able to enter Bronco territory far more than the Mariota-led offense and only came up short of scoring due to the need to score a touchdown as opposed to a field goal.
Tannehill ended the day going 13-16 for 144 yards and one interception. It is unclear who will run the offense against the Chargers next week but it wouldn’t be surprising if Tannehill gets the nod.
Derrick Henry Has Worst Outing
He was 100% ineffective. Derrick Henry was a no show in Sunday’s game and hurt the offense with each carry he was given. His 15 carries for 28 yards by far yielded his worst yards per carry on the season.
Henry has yet to average over 4 yards per carry since week 2 against the Colts. He’s had just one touchdown in the last three weeks. On the yea,r his average yards per carry has fallen to just 4.0. The Titans have no viable option as a backup and may not need to worry about one since the offensive line continues to prove it’s one of the worst in the league.
Passing Game Has No Options
We can argue that Mariota needs to be replaced til we’re blue in the face but the bottom line, he doesn’t have any protection and he definitely has no receiving options. Sunday saw Adam Humphries lead the team in receptions and yards, tying his season-high in receptions on the year.
The Titans have yet to have a dominant receiver emerge and take over the WR1 opportunity that is ever available six weeks into the season. It was hoped that third year Corey Davis would takeover but he has yet to show signs of being able to do that.
Rookie A.J. Brown has shown signs of being able to be the leading wide receiver, but seemingly disappears at times. Outside of two big games this season, A.J. Brown hasn’t been able to come up with more than 27 yards in a game.
Regardless of who’s playing quarterback, if there are no options to throw to then the Titans are going to be in for a long season. Teams have proven that as long as you can stop Derrick Henry, there isn’t much more to stopping the Titans offense.
The Titans will host the Chargers next week at Nissan Stadium.
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