Jaguars 16 Titans 14: Time of Possession Still a Problem for the Defense

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their season opener at EverBank Field on September 11, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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One of the biggest problems with the Tennessee Titans in 2010 was their inability to get off the field on third down.  The 2011 version of the Titans didn't look much different early on.  They got better as the game went on today, but early on the Jags were having their way on third down.

Winning time of possession is key when you play the way the Titans do, and it is especially key when you are playing thin at a position on the defensive line like the Titans were today.  Getting off of the field on third down is important there, but it is also important for your offense to be able to sustain drives.  

The Titans offense didn't do that today.  They had 6 drives in the first half that yielded 25 plays.  That just isn't going to get it done.  With those numbers it is amazing that the defense was able to rally and play as well as they did in the second half.

You also aren't going to see the Titans win many game when they are out gained on the ground by 120 yards.  As I said in the quick recap (which for some reason says it was written by smash) the interior offensive line is a huge concern once again.

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