The Titans are going to have to be better on defense if they are going to be a real contender this year. However, for the second week in a row, the defense stepped up when it had to and got a stop at the end of the game. That was due in large part to Jeffery Simmons who was unblockable on the Vikings last possession.
The Titans got off to a fast start when Ryan Tannehill found Kalif Raymond for a 44-yard gain. That drive stalled right outside the red zone and the Titans had to settle for a 39-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal.
Drives ending in field goals were a theme for the Titans in this game. It felt like a throwback to the Jeff Fisher days with the number of times we saw Gostkowski running out on the field. At least he figured out whatever was wrong with him in Denver.
The Vikings were able to do anything they wanted to on offense. Kirk Cousins, who had been a disaster to this point, was throwing the ball all over the yard. He threw for 3 touchdowns and rookie Justin Jefferson had a huge day receiving with 175 yards on 7 catches. Hurry back, Adoree!
Derrick Henry, who Arthur Smith got inexplicably got away from at times during this game, turned in the best performance of the season. He rushed 26 times for 119 yards and scored twice.
It was ugly, but in the end the Titans moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2008. Next week the Pittsburgh Steelers come to Nissan Stadium to take on the Titans. The Steelers helped the Titans out today with a win over the Houston Texans.