South Asia Correspondent
The Tennessee Titans He had a clear Achilles heel of their deep playoff hopes.
We knew what Derek HenryYou can do a running game. And we knew what the defense, led by the Elite Forward Seven, could do. But we also know that the passing game has suffered. Post production received-AJ Brown It was pretty bad. The level of passing players’ talent was a concern. The quarterback’s game wasn’t great (thanks in part to the receiver’s poor running).
But if the Giants can find a way to consistently get enough of their passing offense in the playoffs — which they’re on the fast track to qualifying for with an AFC South lead — they could be a much bigger threat in the postseason. .
We saw a glimpse of that last week against the Elite Bronco pass defense. And we saw more during peak season in the frozen Green Bay.
This is bad news for the rest of the AFC.
Titans (7-3) He scored a season-high 27 points in their victory on Thursday Over the Packers (4-7) at Lambeau Field. Largely due to their more productive passing attack this season.
His 320 net passing yards marked a season-high by a wide margin (his year-high was 266 in Week 1). Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was incredibly effective, completing a season-high 81.5% of his passes—the second highest in his 10-year career—for 333 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. The rookie receiver from the first round Trillon Burks He had his first career 100-yard game: seven receptions on eight targets for 111 yards.
And Tennessee’s offense wasn’t putting up strong passing numbers against a slack pass defense, either. Green Bay entered the game ranked 3rd in passing yards allowed per game and 11th in passing yards allowed per game.
Team observers hoped that the return of Burks, who missed four games with a toe injury, could make the Giants’ passing passes more respectable. In the second game, he justified that belief.
He closed out the game Thursday on an offensive call from offensive coordinator Todd Downing: On the first-and-ten, with the Giants holding a 27-17 lead with 2:04 left, Tannehill hit Brix deep in the field. The former Arkansas star pulled off the standout cornerback Jair Alexander, one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL, ran his running back for about 18 yards to cover for a 51-yard pickup. Birx gave Alexander a “very small” nod after the play.
But this wasn’t his only explosive game. On the Titans’ third play from scrimmage, Burks beat the cornerback Casen Nixon On another drive for a 43-yard gain. He helped create the Titans’ first touchdown.
Three other Titans had receptions of at least 30 yards. They came in the third quarter: rookie tight end Chig Okonkwo gained 31 yards and star running back Derrick Henry took a screen pass 42 yards down to set up Tennessee’s third touchdown, while veteran receiver Robert Woods It was a 32-yard reception on the next possession.
Henry surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the season Thursday. He caught some big first downs in short yard situations, but the Giants’ running game was largely ineffective. The All-Pro running back gained 87 yards on just 3.1 yards per carry.
The Titans defense stopped a critical 4th-and-1 with 2:12 left and held the Packers to 17 points overall, but injuries continue to mount for the unit. Outstanding defensive line Deniko Autry (knee) and start at the back corner Christian Fulton He (hamstring) was injured during the match. The rush of the fairway that was expelled in a big way Aaron Rodgers Just once and beat him three times overall.
For various reasons, the Titans’ running and defense gameplay was not at its best. But they did a lot of good things for this Tennessee team. Their track record suggests that Thursday’s performance, one in a short week, will be more than just thematic. They remain the backbone of the titans.
But in Green Bay, the passing game has come back to life. second. for the second week in a row.
When that comes along with their running game and defense, the Titans look like one of the best teams in the NFL – a team without an Achilles’ heel.
Ben Arthur is the AFC South correspondent for FOX Sports. He previously worked for the Tennessee Network/USA Today, where he was a writer for Beating the Titans for a year and a half. He covered the Seattle Seahawks for SeattlePI.com for three seasons (2018-20) before moving to Tennessee. You can follow Ben on Twitter at @employee.
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