An NFL football game is often decided by a few key plays that hold particular significance throughout the contest. Broadway Breakdowns is a weekly series that will analyze one or two of these key plays, isolating the concepts and impacts on the game at large.
After a bye week, Broadway Breakdowns returns to examine two key plays from the Titans’ Tuesday evening victory over the Buffalo Bills.
First, we have Kalif Raymond’s 3rd-and-20 conversion towards the end of the first quater, and then we’ll look at Malcolm Butler’s second interception of the game.
Kalif Raymond on 3rd-and-20
Raymond returned a punt 40 yards to set the Titans up with great field position, but after an unsuccessful first down and a penalty on second down, the Titans found themselves in 3rd and 20 from the 40 yard line.
Ryan Tannehill hit Raymond over the middle, who darted upfield to pick up the first down. The Titans went on to score a few plays later.
First, here’s the play itself:
Click here to watch the full play from the broadcast/sideline angle via the NFL’s YouTube channel.
And here’s my whiteboard explanation breaking down how Art Smith created space over the middle for Raymond and Tannehill to operate:
“The Butler did it!”
Mike Keith’s call on Titans Radio when Butler pulled down his second interception was tremendous.
The Titans sat back into a Cover 2 zone, and Butler dropped right into the passing lane of Josh Allen’s throw to the outside.