Week 2: Three up, three down

The Titans orchestrate an epic comeback against the Seahawks in overtime, in a full team effort. It wasn’t always pretty but they got the job done.

Three Down

A.J. Brown: Let’s go ahead and get this one out of the way. Typically a positive for the Titans, A.J. was closer to a liability in Seattle. Three catches on nine targets for 43 yards. He had several drops including one that very well could have gone for a long touchdown in the first half. Not exactly how you want your WR1 to perform. The good news is that Tennessee has 2 other elite-level playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. My level of concern for Brown is extremely low and I expect him to bounce back in a big way next week.

Blown coverage: I almost made this section just for Bradley McDougald because he looked borderline unplayable at times, but we’ll go with the entire secondary. The defense did some very solid things, which I’ll get to later, but some of the miscues were inexcusable. Freddie Swain had a touchdown in the second half where no one was within 10 yards of him. How does that happen? It seems to happen on almost a weekly basis and has to get ironed out if this team wants to make a deep run in the playoffs.

Injuries: Taylor Lewan was scratched after he got hurt during pre-game. Rodger Saffold was hurt during the game. Ty Sambrailo and Aaron Brewer both performed well for the duo, but without question, the Titans are a better team with Saffold and Lewan in there. Hopefully they can get back in the lineup for next week’s matchup against the Colts.

Three Up

Derrick Henry: Long live the King. 41 total touches for Henry as he helped spearhead the comeback for Tennessee. After the Swain touchdown that put the Seahawks up by 14 in the 3rd quarter, Henry responded with a 60-yard run to put the Titans right back in it. King Henry finished with 182 yards rushing and three touchdowns, proving again that he’s one of the most dangerous men alive. When he, A.J. and Julio all start clicking together, I’m not sure teams will be able to hold this team to under 40 points.

Second-half defense: What a wild day for the defense. They gave up 30 points, which certainly is not good, but in the second half, when the team needed them to step up, they only surrendered 6 points. Kristian Fulton held D.K. Metcalf to just 53 yards on 6 catches, as he continues to impress in his sophomore campaign. The Titans also sacked Russell Wilson three times, demonstrating an improved pass rush from a year ago. Four straight scoreless drives for Seattle aided the comeback effort. Going into a divisional game against Indianapolis, Bowen and the defense need to build on the second half. You can win a lot of games with the second half defense.

MyCole Pruitt: He might not have stuffed the stat sheet, with only 3 catches for 43 yards, however MyCole was one of the most impressive players on the Titans. He provided a spark, with his blocking and physical play. One of his blocks drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the defense. Without Firkser, I thought the Titans would rely on Swaim quite a bit, but it was Pruitt that took advantage of the playing time. I am so glad that Jon Robinson rectified his error of cutting MyCole, by bringing him back after the 49ers made the mistake of cutting him. #OurCole

Author: Robert GreenlawBorn and raised west of the Mighty Mississippi, a 2nd-grade project on the state of Tennessee introduced Robert to Steve McNair and Eddie George, turning him into a Titans fan for life. Robert was best known for being the Music City Miracles "links guy" for the better part of a decade. He loves all things sports and can be found on The Flex fantasy football podcast, part of Broadway Sports Media.

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