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The Titans run the South. The Colts can do whatever they want, make flashy additions in the offseason, and have the so-called “best running back in the league” but the Tennessee Titans own them. And about that “best running back in the league” title. It's not Jonathan Taylor. It’s not Christian McCaffrey. It’s not Saquan Barkley. It’s Derrick “The Father of the Jacksonville Jaguars” Henry. He had a slow start to the season, but the King is back, and he has extended his dynasty to include Indianapolis once again.
It wasn’t pretty, but we got the job done. Up 24-3, to narrowly winning 24-17. Man if this defense wasn’t this good the Titans would probably have 0 wins this year. Even without star Harold Landry, the pass rush has showed up, especially Rashad Weaver who has filled in nicely. Today’s star was former Colt, Denico Autry. He had 2 strip sacks, the first one set up a short drive for Tannehill and Co., leading to Robert Woods’ first Titans TD. The D forced 3 total turnovers, with 2 key fumbles, and 1 interception of Matt Ryan. The first fumble was the Autry strip sack, and the 2nd was on a 3rd and 1 in Tennessee territory, in the 4th quarter, with Jonathan Taylor coughing it up and Kristian Fulton falling on it, and giving the offense a chance to seal the game. This defense is really freakin’ good. The offense on the other hand struggled in the 2nd half, and for the second consecutive game failed to score in the final two quarters. This has to change if we want to beat the top dogs in the AFC. Also, rookie slot receiver and special teams god, Kyle Phillps was non-existent, and has not returned punts since the week 2 Bills game. This is definitely something to watch for Tennessee. On another note, first-rounder, and AJ Brown Jr, Treylon Burks was carted off the field in the 2nd quarter, and was seen after the game in a boot on his left foot, and crutches. Hopefully, nothing is broken or fractured, but it doesn’t look good for the former Arkansas Razorback.
Stats and Fantasy
Ryan Tannehill - 17/24, 137 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 6.5 avg. 14.38 fantasy pts.
QB1 should not be your QB1 unless your starter is on his bye week. I love Tanney but he is not it for fantasy.
Derrick Henry - 22 carries, 114 yards, 1 touchdown, 5.2 avg. 3 catches, 33 yards, 11.0 avg. 23.70 fantasy pts.
If he is your running back it's good for you, because otherwise, you will lose. The King is heating up, and that's not a good thing for the rest of the league. On a personal basis for El Tractorcito, he is the 4th player in team history to eclipse 7,000 rushing yards.
Robert Woods - 4 catches, 30 yards, 1 touchdown, 7.5 avg. 13.00 fantasy pts.
Woods is a solid depth option, as he has found his chemistry with Tannehill, and has become the Titans WR1.
Chig Okonkwo - 3 catches, 38 yards, 1 touchdown, 12.7 avg. 12.80 fantasy pts.
The rookie tight end could end up being a good option for your bench, as Austin Hooper has not been in the game plan since the Buffalo game, and Chig made some nice plays this week.
Overall good job, the offense made plays to get ahead early, and the defense showed up when it mattered the most. Would I like it if the offense scored in the 2nd half? Yes, but a win is a win, and it feels great to get to .500, especially with just one more game, and then the bye week. The Titans have gotten hot at the right time.
At 2-2, Tennessee travels to the nation's capital, to play the Commanders in week 5, and after that, they get a week off, before welcoming the Colts back to Nissan Stadium for a big game. Going 4-2 in the next 3 weeks is very possible, and is something that needs to happen if we want a 3rd straight division crown. #TitanUp