Titans keep playoff hopes alive by beating the Jaguars

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen //@ksc47

Titans 30 – Jaguars 9

Thursday Night Football in Nashville was all about Titans’ running back Derrick Henry. Period.

At the beginning of the season, Henry had stated that he wanted to be known as a premiere back. He had not had a stellar season, with RB Dion Lewis getting more yardage and carries each game.

But Thursday night it was all about Henry and he did not disappoint.

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Tennessee Titans win in the final minutes

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Tennessee Titans 26 – New York Jets 22

It was another ugly start for the Titans.  Their possession of the game ended with quarterback Marcus Mariota being sacked. Since the Titans lost to division rival Houston Texans last week 34-17; one would think that the Titans would come out with guns blazing.

Every Tennessee player on the field looked like they were wishing they were somewhere else or they were in a trance state. Mariota had a pass intercepted in the first quarter; Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson returned the ball 31 yards and got a touchdown, giving the Jets a 10-0 lead.

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The agony of defeat: Titans lose to the Colts 38-10

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Colts 38 – Titans 10

The thrill of victory from last week’s win is totally forgotten after this bomb of a game by Tennessee.

The Titans started out slow and only showed any signs of life at the end of the fourth quarter. That’s when wide receiver Tajae Sharpe got the only Tennessee touchdown of the game with 1:49 left to play.  

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota never looked confident in this game, and in fact, he threw several interceptions in the first half and was sacked four times. Mariota ended up having to leave by end of the first half with what ended up being a right elbow injury.  

On the other hand, the Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was not sacked at all this game, in fact, was not even hit by the Titans.

The score at halftime was Colts 24, Titans 3. The Titans only score was a field goal by kicker Ryan Succop during the first quarter.

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Titans beat the Patriots at home 34-10

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Tennessee Titans 34 – New England Patriots 10

The Tennessee Titans sacked the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady three times on Sunday.  Yes, three times. 

They kept the pressure on Brady throughout the game, and Brady looked mighty uncomfortable out there. So much so, he was pulled in the fourth quarter and replaced with backup QB Brian Hoyer.

Now, who would have imagined such things would be happening this past Sunday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville? Not many. 

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Tennessee Titans travel to London, miss a win by one failed two point conversion try

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Los Angeles Chargers 20 – Tennessee Titans 19

The Titans “missed it by that much” as Maxwell Smart used to say in the Get Smart tv series. The Los Angeles Chargers held on to the win, 20 -19 in the last few seconds of the game after the Titans tried for two after a touchdown made by tight end Luke Stocker.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota attempted to throw to wide receiver Taywan Taylor, but the throw was tipped by one of the Chargers defenders and it was just not a catchable ball.

The Titans really did put forth a good effort in this game.  It was an exciting and the win could have gone to either team as the battle went on until the very end.

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Titans suffer shutout loss to Baltimore Ravens 21-0

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen //@ksc47

Ravens 21 – Titans 0

Let’s just put it out there and get it over with. The Titans punted on every single drive, and quarterback Marcus Mariota was sacked eleven times.  

There was nothing to cheer about if you are a Titans fan. This game was the first time that the Titans were shut out at home since the team has been in Nashville. The Tennessee offensive line did not have an answer for the Ravens rushing attack, and Mariota was scrambling without success each and every quarter.

The team did not seem to have a good game plan this week, or last week against the Buffalo Bills for that matter.  Titans’ defensive coordinator Dean Pees did not figure out how to shut down the Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco. Pees didn’t seem to have any inside track for how to beat his old team.

The Titans’ offense was even worse. The receivers didn’t have the ability to get open for Mariota, and the offensive line was getting run over. The running backs just couldn’t run. At all. They kept getting stuffed and losing yards.

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Tennessee Titans didn’t earn respect, lose to Buffalo Bills 13-12

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Buffalo Bills 13 – Tennessee Titans 12

It was another no touchdown game for the Titans.  They’re back to square one and living off of kicker Ryan Succop’s field goals. There is no way you can get to the playoffs and win without players that can catch and hang on to the football. Nope.

Tennessee had three turnovers during this game at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York, and the Bills took full advantage of them. During the Titans’ first possession, wide receiver Taywan Taylor fumbled the ball which the Bills recovered and turned into a touchdown run for quarterback Josh Allen. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw a pass intended for WR Nick Williams and it was picked off by Buffalo cornerback Taron Johnson.

The Bills did not score after this turnover in the second quarter, but the interception seemed to just be ‘par for the course’.  That made it hard for the Titans to get any momentum going at all. Titans running back Dion Lewis fumbled the ball in the third quarter, and the Bills were able to get a field goal off of that mistake.  

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Tennessee Titans beat Super Bowl champs in overtime thriller

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Tennessee Titans 26 – Philadelphia Eagles 23 (OT)

The Titans had a game with touchdowns!!! After last week’s field goal fest against the Jaguars, touchdowns are the best thing ever.  

Quarterback Marcus Mariota completed two touchdown passes and also ran for a two-yard touchdown. His TD was the first Tennessee touchdown in two weeks. The game-winning pass to wide receiver Corey Davis in overtime was a heart stopper.  And all this happened with Mariota still working his way back from an elbow injury.

The week leading up to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles was rather strange in that veteran wide receiver Rishard Matthews asked for the Titans to release him, which they did. Matthews had signed an extension during pre-season and it was unexpected that he would want to leave. Matthews did tell A-Z Sports that he was unhappy with the number of plays he was getting.

The Tennessee Titans will have to rely on their young wide receivers Tajae Sharpe, Corey Davis, and Taywan Taylor going forward. Judging from this week’s game, the team is going to be fine. Corey Davis finally had his breakout game and his first regular-season touchdown.  He was hampered in his rookie year by a lingering hamstring injury.

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Tennessee Titans beat Jacksonville Jaguars: top the AFC South

 

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47 

Titans 9 – 6 Jaguars

While no one can say it was a shoot out, the Tennessee Titans vs Jacksonville Jaguars game definitely had some drama.

Photo from George Walker, IV of the Tennessean

The Titans won the coin toss and deferred to the Jaguars who got the ball first. After several snaps, Tennessee linebacker Wesley Woodyard sacked the Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles and the Titans were looking good. They prevented Jacksonville from scoring on their opening drive. It was the start fans were looking for.

QB Blaine Gabbert was in for the Titans at the start of the game with QB Marcus Mariota on the sidelines dealing with a lingering elbow injury from  the first game of the the season. However, Mariota being sidelined didn’t last long.

After Gabbert was sacked during the first quarter and placed under concussion protocol, Mariota was back in action, sporting a two fingered glove that was presumably to assist with the numbness he has been having in his fingers.  

A game where no touchdowns are scored is not the most exciting thing to watch, but here is a little bit of social media coverage to spice up the game review a bit.

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Despite injuries, Titans beat the Texans

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By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Titans 20 – 17 Texans

The Titans won their home opener without their top three defensive tackles and their starting quarterback. They also had help from some unexpected plays. 

QB Marcus Mariota was out with an elbow injury from last week’s game against the Dolphins.  He has not been able to grip and throw the ball well since he suffered a late hit during that game. Other injuries are also plaguing the Titans.   

Left tackle Taylor Lewan is out under concussion protocol, right tackle Jack Conklin is still recovering from ACL surgery and backup right tackle Dennis Kelly has been hospitalized with an unnamed virus. Filling in at the tackle positions were Kevin Pamphile and Tyler Marz. 

Jonnu Smith played tight end, replacing Delanie Walker who is out due to surgery he had on the ankle that he fractured  last week. 

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