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Hello Titans fans and people lost on the Internet, I am condensing my post this week due to time constraints. I would first like to talk about the Texans game, and then go over the Jags game.
The coaching job against the Texans was simply brilliant. Really we have not seen that good of a job in years, maybe even decades. I thought that they got as much out of the offense as possible. Additionally, the line played great. It is amazing to think that they had undrafted practice squad players blocking JJ Watt and they somehow held him and the Texans defense in check. I thought that Watt was going to get at least a few sacks when I heard that both tackles were out. I had a few flashbacks to the Texans Mettenberger game. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Furthermore, I thought that Gabbert played as well as he could. Admittedly he was pretty mediocre, but he made plays when he needed to. The Titans running game was disappointing, however, the Texans were going all out to stop the run, so it was to be expected. Finally, it is looking like if Corey Davis can just get a qb he might explode. Besides from the fumble, he’s played great.
As for the Titans defense, I thought that they looked good against what could evolve into a high-powered offense. The Titans pass rush was great. The Texans offensive line was about as effective as wet paper, and the Titans took full advantage of it. Harold Landry looked great in his debut. He was effective speed rusher, but needs to develop more moves. Casey of course looked great. I am exited to see what else this pass rush can do now that it everyone is getting healthy.
The secondary got burned a little, but really that is to be expected against the Texans. Hopkins is one of the best receivers in the league and Fuller, if he can stay healthy, has the potential to be great. I know that people are a little freaked out about Butler, but I am not worried. In both the Miami game and last week he had decent coverage. However, he keeps getting burned by the speed guys. I am not sure why Butler was on Fuller or Stills. But I am confident that the coaching staff will make the proper adjustments. Additionally, Jackson’s interception was great.
The Texans game was a tremendous win, and I would give a lot of credit to the coaching staff. They created a near perfect game plan for the situation. The wild cat was great, as was the fake the punt. I am confident that last year’s coaching staff would not have been able to do this.
Now on to this week, what should Titans fans expect? Honestly if Mariota is out, I think they will most likely drop this game. The Jags are supercharged right now and it is in Jacksonville. I can see them having a little bit of a hangover from that huge win against the Patriots, however, I think they will seek a some revenge after the Titans swept them last year, even humiliating them in the first game. Thus, I can see them having plenty of motivation.
Even if Mariota does play, I expect the Titans game plan on offense to be similar to last week. They are going to want to get Henry and Lewis a lot of carries, keep the game close and avoid turnovers. Jacksonville’s strength is their secondary and last year the Titans beat them running, so I expect a conservative game plan. However, I am not sure as to how effective it will be considering the Jag’s defense does not have many weaknesses. Really, if the offense can score a few touchdowns and avoid turnovers they should be ok.
As for the Titans defense, I think they are going to put a lot of pressure on Bortles. They are going to try to force some turnovers. If the defense can get a few turnovers and the offense can avoid mistakes, then the Titans could have a real chance here. However, Bortles has been really good this year. He has always been an up and down qb. Thus, he always has a chance to implode, however, as of right now he looks great. Furthermore, it looks like Fournette is playing. The Titans have not been great against the run this year, and whenever Fournette plays they give him the ball twenty times, so this will be a good test for the Titans defense. Maybe this is the game that Evans shows up. If the defense can get a few turnovers and make Bortles uncomfortable, then they will have done a good job.
I have mentally prepared myself for a loss this week. The Jags are just too hot right now and despite the win, the Titans are still somewhere in the wilderness, mostly due to injuries. However, stranger things have happened and the Titans’ coaching staff proved to be capable last week. If they can do the same this week, they will be hailed as geniuses, but I’ll be happy if they just keep it close. So until next week, Go Titans, keep those thumbtacks flaming!