Week 7: Three up, three down

Coming off of a huge win on Monday Night Football, the Titans could have been due for a letdown game against Kansas City. Not so fast. The Titans demolished the Chiefs, and sent countless KC fans home with their tails between their legs.

Three Down

Jackson Mahomes: Nothing to dance about this week for the infamous brother of Patrick. This young man is exactly what is wrong with society. Why do people watch his videos? Why do they like them? Why does he feel the need to dance so much? Why is the dancing so bad if he does it all the time? The only positive regarding Jackson Mahomes yesterday was getting this gem of a tweet. Patrick, you might not want to let your brother go to any more games. it’s embarrassing.

Visiting fans: Gone are the days where opposing teams’ fans could come into Nashville for a nice weekend and watch their team get a win on Sunday before going back home. There were many Chiefs fans in attendance on Sunday, and thankfully, they’ll all go home a bit sadder than they were at kickoff. This man will also go home a little more hurt than he was coming to the game.

Sam Acho: When this video first aired, it pissed me off. Not because Acho didn’t think that the Titans were contenders in the AFC, but rather because Acho argued in the worst possible way. Like arguing with a five year old. Fast forward a few months and Sam has egg all over his face. Despite what he said, Harry Douglas doesn’t look like he made a wrong prediction now, after the Titans beat the Bills and Chiefs in back to back weeks. The Titans are very much contenders, and are a bad loss against the Jets away from being in sole possession of 1st place in the AFC. This team is for real.

Three Up

Shane Bowen’s defense: What a performance by the defense. The front four, Landry, Simmons, Autry, and Dupree, were sensational, sacking Mahomes 4 times on 39 drop backs. Incredibly, Tennessee only blitzed one time all game, but due to the improved front four, they are able to generate pressure without blitzing. When Dupree is fully recovered, this could be an even scarier unit, something that should help this team make a deep playoff run.

Much maligned all offseason, and during this year, Bowen’s team did all the right things to stop one of the NFL’s most lethal offenses. Next up is a familiar foe, the Colts, and then the potent Rams’ offense.

The replacements: In a less than ideal situation for the secondary due to various injuries, Greg Mabin got the start at CB on Sunday. Mabin, Matthias Farley, and Chris Jones all did good work when called upon. That speaks to the ability of the coaching staff to get these players ready, and the ability of Jon Robinson to have players that can step up in a pinch, from both a roster building standpoint and where they had to go outside of their own roster and practice squad to find players.

Ryan Tannehill/A.J. Brown: Last week against the Bills, these two showed off their connection, and this week was no different. Tannehill completed 20 passes in a row dating back to the Bills matchup and had a rushing touchdown added to his stat line. While I don’t think Tannehill is someone that lacks in confidence, it had to have felt good to carve up a defense that you were supposed to after a poor three quarters of football on MNF.

Brown looked more like the guy we’ve grown accustomed to watching during his time with the Titans, shaking off the Chipotle illness to go for 8 catches, 133 yards and a TD. Tannehill hit Brown with an absolute gorgeous ball for a big gain down the sideline and then later for a TD, where Arthur Juan made a tremendous adjustment to the ball in the endzone. Julio and A.J. have still yet to click during the same game, but when they do, I’d imagine this team will put up a 40 burger on the opposition.

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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