After an embarrassing week one performance against the Arizona Cardinals, the Titans bounced back and showed exactly what type of team they can be. After being down to 24-9 entering the second half, with the help of “King” Henry, the Titans scored 24 second-half points on their way to a victory. The Titans dominated the time of possession, 42 minutes to 22 minutes, thanks in large part to Henry’s 182 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. In overtime, the Titans kicked a game-winning field goal, as they move to second in their division at 1-1.
This off-season, the Titans traded for Julio Jones to pair with AJ Brown. With the acquisition of Julio Jones, the Titan’s offense was viewed as a pick-your-poison deal. Were defenses going to load the box and try to stop Derrick Henry? Or were they going to try and double both Brown and Julio? Not to mention, since going to Tennessee, Ryan Tannehill has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
This fantasy didn’t come to fruition in week one, but it certainly did in week two. What makes it even more surprising is that the Titans did this without the services of Taylor Lewan, their stud Left tackle. While the offense looked explosive with big games from Henry, Julio, and Tannehill, the defense must be better. It goes without saying that the secondary for the Titans is the weakest part of the defense. They may have shut out Seattle in the second half, but in the first half, as the Cardinals did to them last week, they got carved up.
The Titans have some things to clean up, but if this is the team we see moving forward, they’ll surely win the AFC South for the third time since 2017.