Down 17-3 halfway through the third quarter, it looked like the Titans would fall to 2-2. After not scoring a touchdown last week, the questions were mounting about the Tennessee offense. Marcus Mariota, Matt LaFleur and Corey Davis answered those questions the rest of the game, into overtime. The defense got them the chance they needed and Mariota led them straight down the field for the win.
Biggest Regular Season Win Ever in Nissan Stadium?
The defending champs came into Nashville and brought a legion of fans with them. Nissan Stadium was loud when the Titans offense was on the field and the defending champs’ early lead made it feel like a game at Lincoln Financial Field. However, the Titans came back and got the win in walk-off fashion. The stadium erupted as the Titans won and the team looked like a real contender at home. This is the third big win at home against an NFC opponent in three years for the Titans. In 2016, they blew out Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. In 2017, they knocked off the Seattle Seahawks, but neither of them seemed as big as that one.
Riverboat Mike Vrabel
You play to win the game. On 4th and 2 from the Philadelphia 32 yard line, the Titans were down by three in overtime. Vrabel sent out the field goal unit to go for the tie but called a timeout before Ryan Succop kicked. Mariota and the offense came back out and converted on a swing pass to Dion Lewis that set up the game-winning touchdown. This decision won the game. Vrabel believed in the offense and they didn’t let him down. The new coaching staff has proved themselves thus far and fans should be optimistic about the rest of the year and the future.
Mariota Shows Out
There have been doubters about Mariota’s ability and toughness early in this season. They should be silenced for now. Down 17-3 after throwing an interception to end the first half, the Hawaiian quarterback stepped up and refused to lose. He threw for 198 yards on 73% completion percentage with two passing touchdowns and ran for 37 yards and a touchdown. He also had a deep pass to Darius Jennings in overtime that would have gone for a big gain but was dropped.
After that drop, he converted on three 4th downs and threw the game-winning touchdown to Davis, the first regular-season TD catch of his career. It looks like the ulnar nerve injury won’t be affecting him anymore. He’ll try to carry that momentum into Buffalo next week.
Beat Up Defense Stands Tall
The Titans defense had almost their entire secondary and a few linebackers miss time during the game. Middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard, safety Kenny Vaccaro, and cornerbacks Adoree Jackson and Logan Ryan. However, in overtime when it looked like Carson Wentz wasn’t going to even allow Mariota to touch the ball the defense came through. Woodyard’s replacement Will Compton almost picked off Wentz on third down and Philadelphia was forced to take a field goal.
The defense didn’t look great at all, but they did just enough to get the win. The team has to be hoping none of the injuries are serious and they can be full strength again soon.
Through a quarter of the year, the Titans are 3-1. This was probably the toughest quarter of the season for the Titans and yet they got three wins. Tennessee is finally getting back to full strength and that should scare teams in the AFC. The Titans travel north to face the Bills in Week 5. The Bills have looked like one of the worse teams in football early in the season but stunned the Vikings last week. A win in western New York would put the Titans in a great position heading back home to face the Ravens ahead of their trip to London.