Rapid Reaction: Three up, three down from Titans win over Lions

The Titans took care of business against a very bad Lions team, winning 46-25. The defense was atrocious, but this is the best offense the franchise has ever had, and per usual, they led the way.

Three Down:

Titans’ defense: Let me start this by saying that Matthew Stafford is a very good quarterback. That being said, the Titans made it far too easy on him. Stafford threw for 252 yards and a touchdown and didn’t seem to have issues navigating Mike Vrabel’s defense.

D’Andre Swift was an issue as well, running for 4.4 YPC and two touchdowns. The Lions are not a good football team, so the Titans were able to avoid an upset. However, they need to get it figured out because they will play a very good offense (and team) next week.

Titans’ Pass rush: Zero sacks against the Lions today, on pace for one of the lowest totals of all time. This team’s pass rush is non-existent and there’s not a lot they can do about it at this point in the season in regards to bringing in players.

Next year, this has to be a priority in free agency. There are some really good edge rushers that will be available, and the Titans need to sign at least two of them.

Alexander Myres: RIP Alexander. Not much else to say here.

Three Up:

Derrick Henry: He’s a freak. 147 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 6.1 yards per carry. The Titans could have run the ball every play of the game and won because Henry was feeling it. At some point, the authorities are going to classify his stiff arm as a lethal weapon. Until then, he’s going to continue to kill people out there.

Ryan Tannehill: Throughout the offseason, the Titans were warned by pundits everywhere that Tannehill’s 2019 season was a mirage. With two games to play in 2020, he has proved he is the real deal. A five-touchdown performance today keyed the victory, with three passing and two rushing scores. Tannehill leads one of the NFL’s most potent offenses, and he’s not just a passenger.

Darrynton Evans: We finally were able to see what Darrynton could do in a live football game, and he looked good. Showing burst and some receiving ability, he could add a nice new wrinkle to the offense going into the end of the year. Capping off a great day offensively, he scored the first touchdown of his pro career.

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