Last week’s blowout of the Cleveland Browns on the road would be classified as a big win for the Tennessee Titans. They had a few of those last season as well, knocking off both Super Bowl participants. However, after taking down the Eagles in overtime, Tennessee fell flat against the Bills. The same phenomenon occurred later in the season after defeating the Patriots as Tennessee was blown out by the Colts. In order to take the next step as a franchise, the Titans can’t have let-down games. That will start at home against Indianapolis in front of the Nashville faithful.
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
TV: CBS – Spero Dedes and Adam Archuleta
Offensive Player to Watch: WR Corey Davis
The former fifth overall pick hasn’t lived up to the hype through his first two seasons. Despite a solid year last year, where Davis accumulated just under 900 yards receiving, he still hasn’t proven he will be a top wide receiver in the league. After A.J. Brown put up 100 yards in his NFL debut, there are some questions about whether Davis will even be the top option on the Titans.
Davis did not record a catch on just three targets Sunday in Cleveland. The lack of production was probably more game plan dependent rather than a lack of trust in Davis. However, he has to show up on the stats sheet against Indy to prove he can still be an elite receiver for Tennessee.
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Defensive Player to Watch: EDGE Harold Landry
Last week was the Cameron Wake show in Cleveland. With 2.5 sacks and an AFC Defensive Player of the Week award, the 37-year old stole the spotlight in Week 1. However, Landry was making an impact in the backfield as well, despite not putting up crazy stats like Wake. Expect him to show up on Jacoby Brissett’s radar more often than not this week.
Landry didn’t play at all in the preseason and more than likely needed a game to get readjusted. Players usually make the biggest jump in production between their first and second year. Landry looked good last year and should be even better this season, that will start this week against the Colts.
Matchup to Watch: Dean Pees’s Blitzes v.s. Colts’ O-Line
The Colts only allowed Andrew Luck to be sacked 18 times last season and has quickly gone from the worst group in the league to one of the best. The Titans’ were able to scheme up sacks last week against Cleveland, taking Baker Mayfield down five times. This matchup will be strength on strength and could decide this game. If the Titans can come up with creative ways to pressure Brissett and force mistakes, they should be able to come out of the game undefeated. However, if Tennessee is stonewalled at the line of scrimmage, the Colts will move into a tie for the AFC South lead at 1-1.
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