Texans v. Titans Recap/ Titans v. Jags Preview

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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!

Texans v. Titans

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Hello Titans fans. Here we are, week two. Our beloved Titans are matched up against the vile Texans, the team that was given a stadium in Houston nearly a decade after the city refused to build one for poor Bud Adams. This game is pretty terrifying, when the Texans are healthy, they are as good as any team in the league. Last year we saw this first hand when they proceeded to obliterate the Titans before halftime. I can’t help but get a little PTSD when thinking about that game. However, it is a new season, so I am cautiously optimistic that the Titans can do a little better.

The Titans offense is going to face a huge challenge this week. The Texans have a good passrush, and currently the Titans will be without two starting tackles-not good. Clowney will definitely give the offensive line fits and while Watt, who not what he used to be, can still cause huge disruptions. I do not expect the titans to have a lot of deep drop backs. I really think they will do a lot of what we saw early in the Miami game. I think we could see a lot pistol. If Mariota plays, I doubt we see him run much. I think they are going to want to get him going with short passes, and use tons of Henry and Lewis. I could see them going heavy on the run and throwing a lot of screen passes. I think we see a fairly conservative game plan. Of course, they will try to get Corey Davis involved, but unless the game starts getting out of hand, I am expecting a slow methodical approach.

As for the defense they cannot do much worse than they did against Watson last year. I understand that he did not play great last week, but historically the Titans are slump busters so I can see him blowing up in this game. However, if they can limit Watson’s runs and prevent the long bombs to Fuller (if he plays) then they may have a chance at containing the Texans. Hopkins will of course get his yards, but the goal with him should be to prevent him from taking over a game, which Logan Ryan has done in the past. The Texans offensive line is bad, however the Titans defensive line did nothing last week. They really need Casey to show up. Additionally, the Titans greatly need to get their edge rushers to generate some pressure. If Landry plays then they maybe they can get some solid pressure, if not, then I am not sure who, besides an aging Orakpo can burst off of the edge. It is really going to take a massive effort from the defense to stop the Texans offense, which on its best day is capable of scoring over forty points.

This is a weird game, and it is difficult to get a feel for either team. I am hoping that the Titans come out ready to go, because if they come out flat then they risk getting down big early. Furthermore, if they get blown out, then this season has a chance of spinning out of control within the first month. It is not a must win game, but if they lose we could be looking at a full panic. I am not expecting a win, but I am hopeful they can surprise me. Go Titans, keep those thumbtacks flaming!

Titans v. Dolphins Recap

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Well Titans fans, if you have stopped vomiting then I commend you. Week one was a nightmare wrapped in a horror show. Some are even arguing that it was the worst regular season game in Titans’ history. I remember a few other bad ones, but this one is definitely up there. The game was such a catastrophe that there really is not too much to analyze. I thought Dion Lewis was great, the offensive line was better than I thought it would be, the defense can’t tackle, and we still know very little about the offense. That’s all I can think of. It’s hard to take away too much from a game that lasted seven hours due to weather delays. I am now going to rant on the stupidity of what we witnessed.

The injuries were intense. Losing Delanie Walker for the season nearly made me cry. Not only has he been one of the best players on the team for over half a decade, but also he’s one of the most beloved players off of the field. Losing his leadership and greatness will be a massive blow. I really hate it for him and I hope he has a good recovery.

Mariota’s injury to me was puzzling. At first, it appeared that it was not too bad, but then reports surfaced that he had lost feeling in his hands. I know that they were trying to say his poor play was due to the issue, thus it must have been bad. I hate that Mariota keeps getting this little injuries. Hopefully we hear his status soon. As for the hit on him, it was a little low and if Mariota had been Tom Brady then the defender would have been thrown out of the NFL. But apparently you can cheap shot Titans and nothing happens, which leads us to the Taylor Lewan injury.

Is there a more hypocritical organization than the NFL? They scream player safety! Player safety! Then Andre Branch blindsides Taylor Lewan with an illegal crackajack block, surely that is adverse to player safety, right? The Fox referee expert explains that this has to be a penalty, it was an illegal move. Then of course the NFL decides that the play which resulted in a concussion is fine. No fifteen-yard penalty and Branch is allowed to cheap shot more players. Wow! Such player safety! What an absolute joke. The NFL is such an awful organization. I seriously think that there is a bias against the Titans. Let’s look at the second most ridiculous thing from this game and that was the “hold” on the Derrick Henry’s run.

If feels like the Titans get a long touchdown called back at least once a game. It has gotten to the point that I don’t celebrate when they score because I am waiting for the flag to show up. It happened numerous times last year and it has already happened this year. Of course, each time when they try to find the “penalty”, nobody can. It is frustrating. It is taking a lot of enjoyment out of watching these games. I really hate that here we are again talking about how bad the NFL officiating is. Every offseason we are told that they are going to fix it, and then it seemingly gets worse. They are going to turn a lot of viewers off with this. I really fear that we are in for anther year of flags being thrown all over the field, huge plays being taken away for no reason, and referees deciding games.

Well that’s it, I really do not have too much else to say. Go Titans, keep those thumbtacks flaming, and hopefully there are better days ahead.

Titans v. Dolphins Preview

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Well Titans fan we are finally here! It’s been an eternity, but the 2018 season has finally arrived. Our beloved Titans start the season against the lowly Dolphins. I could not be more exited. But before discussing the game, I will talk a little about the final 53 man roster. I did not see too many huge surprises. The wide receiver depth is questionable, and I was slightly sad to see Josh Carraway go. He seemed like a nice kid. Additionally, I was some what taken back at David King getting released. Defensive line depth appears thin now. Akrum Wadly is another that I thought would stick around the practice squad, however it was not meant to be. But I am glad that they were able to keep Sharif Finch. He could develop into a nice pass rusher.

Of course the most perplexing move during roster cuts was the Luke Falk debacle. Being brutally honest I thought that Falk was a trainwreck during the preseason. I figured that there was no way he would make the team, however I fully expected him on the practice squad. Thus, I was taken off guard when the Dolphins claimed him and put him on their 53 man roster. I definitely think it was a move for intel. Realistically I doubt Falk will help in any significant way. However, I am happy for him. He seems like a good worker. I hope he takes full advantage of the opportunity; he might not be on the roster too long.

Now on to the game, titled “the Luke Falk Revenge Game”. The Titans have shown so little in the preseason that it is hard to gage much about them. Really what should Titans fans expect? Will the offense be sloppy or will it come out like a Whisenhunt team on opening day and obliterate the opponent. However, if the Titans botch this, then they could be in some trouble considering their early schedule. This is by far the easiest game they have during the first month. Realistically too the Dolphins are mediocre. The Titans should drop the Tsar Bomba on those fools. They have very little talent, and judging the two rosters, the Titans appear to have the superior team. However, it is opening day so anything can happen.

I think the Titans will try to run a lot in this game. The Dolphin’s have a second-rate run defense and the Titans should be able to fully exploit that. Derrick Henry should get tons of carries. If he gets going then the Dolphins defense will struggle mightily. However, Miami does have a decent pass rush and without Conklin the Titans could have a lot of problems. If they are forced to pass a lot, then I am not sure if I see a clear way to victory. Thus, the easiest way for the offense to avoid a catastrophe is to hand the ball to Henry and throw quick passes to Lewis. We’ll see what they do, but I do not expect Mariota to sling the ball all over the field. They should be fairly conservative.

As for the Titans defense, I think the Titans should hold up well against the Dolphins. Tannehill is back and could give them some trouble, however his weapons are limited. Kenny Stills and Danny Amandola are his two best receivers. I do not see either of them as more than average. They can certainly make plays and move the chains but are not capable of taking over a game or giving defenses huge fits. Furthermore, I think the Titans should be able to contain Kenyan Drake. Their run defense has been really good the last few seasons. I am however concerned about the Titans pass rush. They have a lot of injuries to their rushers and the Dolphins like the move the ball quick. If they cannot consistently sustain pressure to Tannehill then I can see the defense struggling.

I have no idea what expect. At this point I am beyond curious to see what the new Titans look like. I think it will be a messy game, but I am hopeful that the Titans can win in the end. Go Titans, and until next time, keep those thumbtacks flaming!