One of the great things about modern NFL football is all the data that gets collected and can be analyzed to help us understand or provide context for the chaos that is unfolding on every snap. With that in mind, this will be a weekly piece where we take five numbers from the previous game and use them to explain some of what we saw between the lines.
Titans-Broncos didn’t offer a ton of eye-popping stats. Yes, Derrick Henry broke 100 yards rushing for the 8th time in his last 10 games, but it was among the more pedestrian 100-yard games you’ll see from the big back. Sure, Corey Davis put together his best showing since Week 10 of 2018, but that didn’t quite make the cut either.
We are looking to go just a little bit beyond the typical box score stats — for the most part — so let’s get into the five numbers I found most interesting from Titans 16, Broncos 14.
That was the number of pass attempts targeted more than 20 yards downfield by Ryan Tannehill on Monday night. After finishing 3rd in the league in average depth of target (ADOT) in 2019 with an average targeted pass of 10.1 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, Tannehill was much more conservative in Denver.
The absence of attempts beyond 20 yards helped contribute to his ADOT of 6.3 against the Broncos, good for just 22nd in the league. The big shot plays that characterized the Titans passing offense under Tannehill in 2019 simply were not there.
This is something that I am planning to dig further into for my All-22 review piece coming exclusively to BroadwaySportsMedia.com this week. Were the Broncos doing something specific to take away the deep shots that Tannehill thrived on last year? Or did the Titans intentionally steer clear of Denver’s excellent safety duo of Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson?