Slower-paced Titans offense can no longer mask team’s shaky defense, special teams

By John Glennon

It was all fun and games for the better part of the season's first five games, when the Titans were ringing up 30 and 40 points like nobody's business.

So what if you had the least consistent kicker in the league, one who was somehow far more accurate from 50 yards and beyond than from shorter distances? At least he was making the bombs when he had to for the most part, and – after all -- he was only the icing on the cake, back when Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown and the rest of the offense were steam-rolling through one opponent after another.

So what if you had one of the worst defenses in the league, a unit that couldn't get off the field to save its life? As long as the 'D' could produce a couple turnovers and make a couple of key stops per game, the offense could handle the rest. How much defense did you really need when the offense was averaging more than 30 points per contest, as the Titans were through the season's first five games?

But the Titans' high-powered offense could only mask the team's dark deficiencies on special teams and defense for so long.

And as we saw yet again in Thursday's 34-17 loss to Indianapolis – the Titans' third defeat in their last four games – that time has . . .

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