Defensive Titan of the Week
Immediately following the game, I was left wondering something. Are the Titans that good on defense or are the Cowboys that bad on offense? Well, it’s both. The Titans lead the league in Points Allowed per game at 17.6 points per game. This is no small feat, as the Titans have worked hard to get where they are today. The Titans defensive leaders are all familiar faces, Wesley Woodyard, Kevin Byard, Jurrell Casey. One man has been rising to the occasion each week. Jayon Brown has proven to be an excellent linebacker and is quickly turning into a defensive leader. That being said, his play made this a difficult task to choose a defensive player of the week.
Wesley Woodyard is the glue that keeps this defense together. There is no denying that when he is on the field, this defense is better overall. Yes, Jayon Brown had an incredible strip sack that was 100% about effort. Yes, Kevin Byard completely changed the game with his interception in the end zone. To put it simply, this just doesn’t happen without the play of Woodyard. He is a constant force that all too often goes unnoticed. Woodyard recorded 10 tackles (5 solos), a sack and a fumble recovery. Woodyards sack came on the final drive for Dallas as they were trying to make it a one-score game. Woodyard has been so consistent for this defense that he’s almost the forgotten man out there. Don’t worry Wesley, I’m here for you!
Overall, the Titans linebackers, in general, played a great game with Landry, Brown, and Woodyard all tallying a sack. It’s almost like their head coach was a linebacker or something? It’s clearly paying its dividends for this group, as they’re playing lights out football currently.
Looking ahead to next week, this Titans defense needs a repeat performance. Playing New England is never an easy task, but if the defense can keep up this pace, it will be close. Maybe these young linebackers can get some early hits on Brady. One thing for sure, they need to play at the top of their game. No disappearing acts are allowed next week. Jayon Brown is our best coverage linebacker, and he’s going to have his hands full if he’s in charge of containing James White. James White has been an elite player for the Patriots all year and will be the key to halting their offense. Let’s hope these Titans are up for the task ahead. #TitanUp