Glennon’s five Titans takeaways from a night the defense failed another big test

By John Glennon

More than three months after they took the field for the first game of the season, the Titans still haven't solved their very significant – and very recurring – problem:

On afternoons the Titans' offense doesn't ring up points like a pinball machine, this team has yet to show us it has what it takes to beat a quality opponent with any kind of consistency.

The Titans had teased us the previous two weekends, putting together decent defensive efforts in downing the Jaguars and Lions. But did putting the clamps on Jacksonville's Mike Glennon and Gardner Minshew really mean anything in the big picture? Did shutting down the lame Lions – even with a quality quarterback like Matt Stafford – offer proof the Titans' defense had made strides?

It would appear not based on what we saw Sunday in Green Bay, when Aaron Rodgers carved the Titans' pass defense in a ruthlessly efficient performance – and rookie running back A.J. Dillon trampled Tennessee's run defense as well. The Packers rolled up 448 total yards, scored touchdowns on four of five trips into the red zone and never punted – turning the ball over once on downs, once on an interception.

“Obviously the defense, we didn't give our offense, we didn't give our team a chance,” Titans safety Kevin Byard said. “We didn't start fast. We didn't finish strong. We just didn't play . . .

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