On Sunday, this Titans team played it’s best game of the season. It couldn’t have come at a better time, going against the New England Patriots. Coming into the weekend, we talked about what the Titans could do to cover Josh Gordon. We had our doubts, but Adoree Jackson really stepped up and played like a number one corner. Limiting Josh Gordon was one of the keys to the game, and boy was Jackson successful.
Defensive Titan of the Week
Sunday afternoon, Josh Gordon had two shadows instead of one. Everywhere he went, Adoree Jackson was right there with him. Adoree Jackson was targeted 11 times, yielding just 4 catches for 48 yards. Adoree kept Josh Gordon in check the entire game. He forced bad throws from Brady, he had plays where he just didn’t allow Gordon to get into position. Adoree even recognized a slip screen and shut it down before it even had a chance. Adoree came ready for a fight, and I don’t think that the Brady Bunch was prepared for it. Yes, Gronk was out, regardless of it, Adoree made big-time plays, in a big-time game.
While Adoree stepped up and made big plays, Josh Gordon also helped him out with a couple dropped passes. Gordon also fell down on a hitch route in the second quarter. While Jackson played extremely well, there is still room for improvement, as three of Gordons catches went for first downs.
With Adoree Jackson consistently shadowing the team’s number one receiver, it would seem we have an Adoree and TY Hilton matchup this weekend. TY Hilton provides a different style than Gordon did. Hilton is fast and will consistently try to stretch the field. Look for Adoree to keep up the elite play against Hilton. The Colts don’t have many ways to beat you through the air, so keeping Hilton in check will be important.
Mr. Forgotten was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Wesley Woodyard kept up his elite-level play against the Patriots. Woodyard tallied 12 tackles and 1.5 sacks, along with 5 quarterback pressures and a tackle for a loss. Woodyard has been one of the most consistent defensive players that the Titans have ever had. He also just became the first Titans linebacker to win Defensive Player of the Week since 2011. The first since Colin McCarthy, who Titans fans may or may not remember. Woodyard is a model player and will continue this high level of play for the Titans for the foreseeable future. #TitanUp