It was quite the night for Stephen Gostkowski. After missing 3 field goals and an extra point, he came on to hit the game-winner with 17 seconds left. The Titans should still be trying out kickers this week, but at least it didn’t cost them the opener.
The Titans played the worst first half you could possibly imagine tonight. After we spent so much time talking about what an advantage the Titans would have because they were returning so many starters on offense, they looked like the team that was trying to break in a new unit. There was a false start and a delay of game on the opening drive.
Ryan Tannehill wasn’t particularly sharp in this one. After being the most efficient passer in the league last year, he had a couple of passes that should have been picked off (one that was but was overturned on a penalty away from the play).
Oh, and did I mention that Rashaan Evans was kicked out of the game in the first quarter for throwing a punch?
The Titans had a 13-7 lead in this game in the 4th quarter. That score came when Tannehill found Jonnu Smith. That lead was quickly erased after a nice drive from the Broncos. A 1-yard TD run by Melvin Gordon gave the Broncos a 14-13 lead.
The Titans went 3 and out on the next drive after not being able to get to the line in time to attempt a 4th and 1 play. That resulted in a delay of game and a punt.
The Titans defense got a stop there but the offense was unable to get anything going once again with another 3 and out.
Denver gave the Titans a gift on the ensuing drive throwing twice. The first throw was dropped by Jerry Jeudy. The second throw, on third down, was a miss by Drew Lock. The Titans weren’t forced to use a timeout on that drive.
The Titans then put together a really nice drive that ended with Gostkowski getting some redemption to put the Titans ahead 16-14.