Titans v. Cowboys Preview

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Hello Titans fans. It has been a while. The bye week has come and gone as has the trade deadline. Since the crushing defeat in London the team really has not done much. They failed make a move at the trade deadline, which has left me somewhat perplexed. They did however resign Jalston Fowler. While obtaining Fowler was not necessary a blockbuster move, I do like it. I thought he played great last year and was really disappointed when they cut him. I think he can help the run game. Additionally, he’s a decent pass catcher so maybe they looked to get him involved in the passing game.

I will say I was disappointed by the teams lack to aggression around the trade deadline. I would have really liked a receiver. Obviously they tried, but it’s still disheartening that they could not make anything happen.

Well we have to move on with the mediocre offense that they have and the next stop is Dallas. The team has had a bad losing streak and they are going in to what might be a must win game. I am very curious to see what the offense will look like. I have heard that during the bye week the team did a lot of self scouting and are looking to make some changes, the rumor is that they are going to use more of a power run scheme. I am not sure how effective that could be considering how bad the line and the running backs have been. But really who has played well on the offense this year? Any changes should be welcomed.

They are going to have difficult task on Monday night. Dallas has a good defense, so yards are going to be hard to come by. Their pass rush is especially good, and if they can get to Mariota early it could be a long game. There really is not too much to say. Every player needs to perform better because right now they have one of the worst offenses in the league.

As for the defense, they really need to focus on stopping Elliott. I think Prescott is an overrated passer and if they can force the game into his hands I like the Titans chances. They are going to try to get Cooper involved early, but I question how good he really is. He’s definitely not give up a first round pick good. I think Jackson can shut him down. However, knowing the Titans luck I would not be surprised to see Cooper burn Butler for a long touchdown. Anyway I have faith in the Titans defense. I think they will do enough to win. Therefore, everything will depend on if the offense can finally get it together. Unfortunately at this point they have shown nothing to make me think they can, but anything can happen on Monday night.

Well Titans fans, enjoy the game. It should be interesting. Until next time keep those thumbtacks flaming.

Ravens v. Titans Recap/Titans v. Chargers Preview

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Hello Titans fans. Well here we are, a few weeks ago the arrow was pointing up and everything was coming up Titans, now we’re lost in a Roman wilderness of pain. Is this the end of the season? I think Sunday was one of the worst losses in franchise history. I simply cannot get over how bad the team played. I figured that the offense could not get lower after the Bills game, but I was gravely mistaken. Sunday was like watching a jv high school team try to play in the NFL. It was a complete and utter failure.

The Titans’ offense is the worst in the NFL and there does not seem to an answer for how to fix it. The line went from being one of the better ones in the league to one of the worst. Both guards and the center are awful. I think they should move on from Spain, Kline and Jones in the offseason, but that might not be realistic. I am a little baffled that they gave Kline an extension. He’s terrible. However, I am still a fan of both tackles, Lewan and Conklin. Although, neither has played to their full potential. Conklin is probably still dealing with the lingering effects of his injury, while Lewan has been banged up. Additionally, I am starting to wonder if distractions have taken Lewan’s head out of the game. His complaining to the national media about recognition and other exploits may have shifted his focus. Nevertheless, I am convinced that his game will pick up.

Against the Ravens, the running backs were once again trash. Henry has been a complete bust this season, and after starting strong, Lewis has been awful. Both were utterly abysmal on Sunday. The coaching staff is not doing them any favors however. The way that the Titans run a two back system makes it seem that the coaches do not understand how to effectively run a two back system. They typically do not go with the hot hand and they fail to take advantage of each player’s specific skill set. I would like to see them use Henry more in the second half and even get him involved in the screen game. Furthermore, I think more quick check downs should be thrown to Lewis. Perhaps adjusting their roles would help, but I have come to the realization that neither are very good players.

Speaking of the terrible play, the receivers were again a total joke. They failed to do anything to even warrant a discussion. At this point though I will say that I am disappointed with Corey Davis. Outside of the Eagles game he has done nothing. We’ll see what happens, but right now he is looking like a massive draft reach.

There are simply too many things to say about Mariota. I want to believe he can be a franchise QB, and we have seen him play to that level before, but as of now he’s been far too inconsistent. Sunday was not all his fault, but his play was bad. Elite QBs do not have games like that. Additionally, good NFL QBs should carry a team. For instance, Andrew Luck has had zero help besides TY Hilton and he’s never had the downs that Mariota has had. He consistently carries the team. Obviously a lot can change before the end of the season, but as of now, I am leaning towards Mariota not being the long term answer.

As for the defense, they did not play great against the Ravens. Recently, the passrush has completely evaporated. Morgan and Orakpo have been total non-factors and Landry hit a rookie wall. They have to find a passrush. As for the rest of the defense, Bates was terrible on and Malcolm Butler got burned again (shocking). The third down defense was comical. The Ravens could have converted a 3rd and 50 if they needed to. All around it was pathetic and if Baltimore wanted to, they could have hung forty. They essentially stopped playing in the middle of the third quarter.

Well on to the Chargers who have one of the best offenses in the NFL. The Titans are going to travel 4,000 miles just to get a Tsar bomba thrown on them. Honestly, I am not sure what there is to break down. My expectations could not possibly be lower. Really my hope is that they can just look competent. If they can come out run a real offense and keep the game close, I’ll be happy. But if it’s another disaster, I guess we might as well start making our mock drafts.

Well Titans fans, crazier things have happened, maybe they can pull it off, but regardless keep those thumbtacks flaming. Maybe one day it will get better.

Titans v. Bills Recap/Ravens v. Titans Preview

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Well Titans fans, after a week of looking like a true contender the Titans go out and do the most Titans thing ever, lose to an inferior team and obliterate all good will the team may have earned. Going into the Bills game I felt that it had all of the makings of a trap game. The team had just come off of an emotional win and was going to play one of the worst teams in the league. I also do not think that it helped having the team talk about how great they were all week and how the media had disrespected them. In fact, I think it created a distraction, which may have contributed to the giant turd they laid in Buffalo.

That game was so utterly terrible that there is not a ton to discuss. The offense was trash, and I know that everyone wants to blame the receivers, which they should, but it was not just them. It appeared that the entire unit was in shambles. The offensive line was bad, and it only got worse when Lewan left. Additionally, I found myself really questioning the play calling. It appeared that nearly every play the Bills’ defense was sending jailbreak blitzes, and for whatever reason the Titans failed to counter it. Logically, quick passes would beat that, but for some reason the team did not do that. I am honestly not sure what the offensive game plan was. For instance, against Philadelphia it was to attach through the air, while against Houston and Jacksonville it was to be a conservative run team. In Buffalo, I had no idea what the team wanted to do. It appeared to be a giant mess.

Of course the receivers were a nightmare wrapped in a horror movie. Everyone besides Davis was pathetic. Nick Williams was so bad that they cut him two days later. I am hoping this group can improve going forward, but as the season progresses I see how the lose to Mathews and Walker were monumental.

The running game too was vastly disappointing, yet again. I thought that Henry might finally do something, but I was wrong. Additionally, Lewis was not great in this game. Although the offensive line game them very little help. However, I did notice that Henry missed a few holes and ran timidly again.

As for Mariota, he did not have a good game, however, he had no help. I feel like Titans fans have entered this cycle in which we defend Mariota after bad games, he keeps playing poorly, and then when we nearly run out of of patience he has a great game or two, we all buy in, and then reverts back to bad Mariota. I am not saying that he can’t be our franchise qb, but I am also not convinced that he is. It is almost like the team is in some weird purgatory with him.

As for the defense, I thought they played great in Buffalo. They did give up some runs, but they also allowed only thirteen points, so I really cannot complain that much.

So here we are, 3-2 with loses to the worst two teams on the schedule, and the Ravens are coming to town. What should we expect from this utterly perplexing team? I do not know, but I think that the Raves are beatable. The Titans’ defense could have another good day, as the Ravens’ offense is average. If the Titans pass rush can get going and they can get in Flacco’s face, then they could have a big day. The Ravens do have some decent receivers with Brown and Crabtree, but I think the Titans corners should be able to hold them. I would assume that rational coaching would avoid a Malcolm Butler John Brown match up. I actually think that Butler could do well against Crabtree, and Adoree Jackson could contain Brown. Additionally, the Ravens have a pair of decent running backs with Alex Collins and Buck Allen. I think the Titans run defense should contain them, even though they have been porous against the run lately. Therefore I think the Titans defense should hold its own, and once again a victory will depend on the offense.

The Titans enigmatic offense will have its hands full trying to advance against the Ravens. Baltimore’s defense is one of the better units in the league. In order to score, the Titans are really going to need the receivers to win their matchups. This could be the type of game that Corey Davis shows that he truly is an emerging talent. He’ll most likely be up against Jimmy Smith, who is a very good corner. The other receivers such as Taylor and Sharpe will have to make plays too. However, Titans receivers are so bad that I am not expecting much, but in order for the team to win they have to do something.

I am also not expecting the running backs to do a lot in this game. They have been consistently bad and the Ravens have a good defense. I would however expect a lot of screen passes to Lewis and maybe a few to Henry. I imagine that they want to get them in space considering how bad the interior offensive line has been.

I think a lot will be put on Mariota in this game. I do not think that the team can win the way it did in Jacksonville, thus he will need to make plays. However, I would overall expect a fairly conservative game plan. I do not see them throwing bombs to Corey Davis all day, but who knows.

As any Titans fans should, I hate the Ravens with a passion. They were our archrivals in the old AFC Central days, and I kind of wish the Titans played them more. Anytime that the Titans beat them is a good day. I am hopeful that they pull it off. So until next week, Go Titans, keep those thumbtacks flaming!

Eagles v. Titans Recap/Titans v. Bills Preview

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Hello Titans fans and those lost on the Internet. What an amazing few weeks it has been. Unfortunately I had to miss last week, but I am back and bigger, stronger and faster. I have had trouble containing my excitement all week; this is the team that I have been waiting to see since the days #9 left the building (or got locked out). Because I did not get around to discussing it last week, I will go ahead and say that the Jags game was amazing. It was a typical Jags Titans, rough and low scoring, and I am glad that they were able to shut them up. Anyway, back to the Philly game. Going into that game I did not have high expectations, I almost thought that we would see a repeat of the Houston game with the trick plays and hyper conservatism. Similar to Houston, Philly can score at will. Thus, I was hesitant when thinking that the Titans could keep up. However, I was laughably wrong and my lack of faith was disturbing.

I feel as though what we witnessed on Sunday was the begging of something. The offense that every Titans fan has wanted for years-maybe even decades was on full display in the second half. It was everything that I thought it would be and more. Deep passes, an adequate screen game, a quick satellite back, and a number one receiver. I was especially impressed with how the team came back after being down. Past Titans teams would have crumbled in that situation and allowed the game to get away from them. But as we all saw, this team is different.

I loved all of it Mariota appeared fantastic. I’ll admit I was a little nervous after the interception, however he bounced back in a huge way, and lit the Eagles up. If Mariota can consistently play the way he did on Sunday, then the Titans can play with anyone in the NFL.

Continuing my heaping of praise, I of course have to talk about Corey Davis. I think he’s played pretty well this season, and I think he would have had a huge game earlier if it was not for the QB injuries, but his game on Sunday was the best he’s played as a Titan. He dominated that game, and gave the Eagles flashbacks to the Kenny Britt two hundred yard game. However, unlike Britt, Davis has a good head, and barring some unforeseen incident, he can be a number one receiver in the NFL-something the Titans have never had.

I can literally write a thousand pages highlighting all of the good play that the Titans had on Sunday. However, for the sake of time, I’ll just mention a few other players, before previewing the Bills game.

Landry is clearly turning into a star, and his emergence has tremendously helped Casey. This is looking like his best season ever, and if he can keep it up, I think he might be in consideration for defensive player of the year. I also thought that Jayon Brown played great. He’s been mostly a coverage guy, but he did a decent job against the run. He really does appear to be improving every week. Logan Ryan is another guy who has looked fantastic. For whatever reason he gets underrated, but he’s been great.

I will quickly mention the issues with Malcolm Butler. He does not look good right now, and before the Eagles game I was thinking it could be that he simply does not match up well against the speed guys, but he was getting burned by everyone last Sunday, including Jordan Mathews and Alshon Jeffery, and neither is known for their speed. At this point I am confident that the coaching staff can alter his role and put him in better situations. However, it is looking like he could be a free agent bust.

Well here we are, the Titans won a massive game and now they travel to Buffalo to take on the lowly Bills. This should be an easy win, right? Wrong, I honestly think this game could be more of a struggle than Titans fans want to believe. The Bills usually play very well at home and they have a decent defense. Furthermore, this is a classic trap game.

I am concerned that the emotional win from last week and all of the complaining from the players this week about not being respected will cause them to lose focus. I can see this game as low scoring and maybe even a little boring. I know that Titans fans are expecting a massive areal assault, but I think otherwise. I would not be surprised if the Titans look to run a lot in this game. It will be interesting to see what they can do, but I am cautiously optimistic that they can continue what they did last week.

Looking back at the last few years, this is the type of game that the Titans have struggled in. For instance, the infamous Browns game in Cleveland is an example of this. It came after finally beating the Colts, and seeing Mariota destroy them from throwing in the pocket. Titans fans expected to go to Cleveland and obliterate the Browns, however the game turned into a boring slugfest. I will mention that the Cleveland game is one of the reasons that Mularkey was fired, it showed his inability to attack an opponent’s weakness. But most of the team played down to the bad competition in that game and really they have had a habit of doing that. This will be a great test to see if Vrabel can reverse course on this and get the team to start blowing out bad opponents.

As for the national media’s lack of care from the Titans, I genuinely do not get why this is such a big deal. The team has literally been ignored since its creation. I guess it bothered me twenty years ago, but I am used to it. I never go to the national media anyway. If get my Titans news from Titans websites and I could care less about the power rankings. The team should focus on winning games, not what some idiot on ESPN says. I guess it’s fine if other fans complain about this, but I hope they know that we could win the Super Bowl and still be ranked twenty in the power rankings. That’s how it goes for a small market team.

Well this has been a long and stupid rant. I can’t wait to see what the Titans do tomorrow. Hopefully they can keep the magic going. So until next week, Go Titans, keep those thumbtacks flaming!

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!

Final Preseason Thoughts

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Well Titans fans, the preseason is over and I for one could not be happier. It has been a total slog. Really, it could not have been more boring. Injures have piled up and we barely know anything about the new direction of the team. Seriously, this preseason was awful. As for the health of the team, I am hoping that they are mostly healthy by the Miami game, however we still do not know the severity of many of the injuries. So fingers crossed.

Looking back on the 3rd preseason game, it was pretty much a disaster for the offense. They looked bad, even laughably bad. But really how much should we actually take from this game or the preseason? Probably not a lot. Like I have said before, I do not think that we see this offense in sync until midseason or so. However, if they are playing like garbage by week ten, then it’s time to PANIC. Until then all is well!

I will say this though, the offensive line is legitimately concerning. They were obliterated last Saturday. Until Conklin is back I think they are going to be a weak unit. I really hope that this does not give Mariota flashbacks to the Whisenhunt days. Additionally, Derrick Henry still cannot pass block. He really needs to figure it out. Due to these issues, I bet the offense will be a pretty conservative until the pass blocking improves.

Another potential issue is that the receivers still do not appear to be on the same page as Mariota. The interception and the missed Corey Davis pass have been discussed ad nauseam. I think it has been slightly overblown. Yeah Mariota screwed up, but those were not career defining plays. People need to settle down and save the hot takes for the regular season. However, if Mariota keeps making those mistakes into the season, then yeah I understand that there should be major concerns. I am hoping that Mariota and the receivers jell soon, but I remember saying this every week last year, so there is some trepidation.

The defense on the other hand looked fine. The secondary appeared solid, but they were not playing the Steelers’ best, so really what does it mean? However, the pass rush was fairly weak. I would expect a lot of blitzing when the season starts, so I do not think it will be that bad next week. However, Landry’s injury is definitely concerning. I wonder if the trade for Kamalei Correa means anything about Landry. Apparently he has potential to be a decent pass rusher. He’s a former second round pick and is pretty intriguing. It will be interesting to see what they can do with him.

Well that is about it. The preseason is boring and I am ready for the season to start. I will do a game preview early next week. Until then, Titans fans, keep those thumbtacks flaming!

Second Titans Preseason Game and Other Thoughts

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Two preseason games down, two to go. We are nearly there. Preseason can be difficult to talk about considering that the “games” are essentially glorified scrimmages. However, I have been encouraged by what I have seen from the starting offense. For instance, the passing game appears more complex than last year. So far we have yet to see bunch formations and insane rout distributions in which wide receivers run to the same spot. Additionally, the emergence of the screen game can be nothing but encouraging. Both running backs appear that they can be effective passing targets, and of course it was glorious to see Taywan Taylor take a screen to the end zone. Nine out of ten times last year that pass goes to Eric Decker, the other time it goes to Harry Douglas, and every time it fails. Furthermore, Dion Lewis looked fantastic. The shiftiness and the explosion that he displayed was impressive. I think there will be games that he takes over. Other than that there is not too much else to say. I have however, been disappointed my Luke Faulk. He does not appear to have an NFL arm. Maybe he makes the practice squad this year, but I do not see him on the final roster.

The defense appeared decent. Harold Landry had another solid performance. However, I think it will take time to adjust to the new rules. It is still preseason so I am not panicking too much about them. But I can definitely see huge issues during the season.

I am also sort of shocked by the Rishard Matthews extension. It came out of absolutely nowhere. But I cannot complain. I like Matthews a lot. He’s been the best receiver the team has had since Nate Washington. For the rest of the NFL this is not saying much, but the Titans are cursed at the position, so just consistently showing up and making a few plays is huge. Furthermore, I was surprised to find out that Matthews negotiated the contract without an agent. Probably not the best idea, but I hope nothing but the best for him. Hopefully he recovers from his mysterious injury soon.

That is about it. There is just so much to say about a glorified scrimmage. The third preseason game will be a little more interesting, however, I do not think that we will get a good feel for the new offense until a month or so into the regular season. Until then, Titans fans, keep those thumbtacks flaming!