After an entire week of stressing "putting our heads down and going to work," following a great week 1 performance, the Titans took a tough loss toCleveland on the road.
It started off with Johnny Manziel's deep ball for a touchdown on Coty Sensabaugh, who cannot track a deep ball to save his life. To even things out on the other side of the ball, the Titans continually shot themselves in the foot in the first half, with a number of fumbles and penalties. As both teams settled in, it became clear that the Browns had the advantage defensively, simply manning up on the Titans' receivers, and blitzing what felt like almost every down. The Titans had no answers for it--the line could not pick up blitzes, and the receivers could not create separation. Defensively, the Titans had no answer for the run. While Manziel made some nice throws, the Titans lost this game with their embarrassing run defense. On special teams, you guessed it, the Titans could not stop committing penalties. For good measure, the coverage on punt returns was a complete abomination, including one long punt return for a touchdown by Travis Benjamin right before halftime, which blew the game wide open. They made a late comeback attempt, but Johnny Manziel completed yet another bomb for a touchdown to put the final nail in the coffin.
If you can take positives away from this game, look no further than the second half. The team showed some resiliency, and while they did not come away with the win, you have to like the fight that you saw in the third and fourth quarters. While this team is probably not going to go very far this season, they showed some positive characteristics for a young, building team that just needs time and pieces.
From an injury standpoint, Chance Warmack's situation did not look good at all, and Mariota was walking with a limp for a solid chunk of the game. Stay tuned on for more on that front and a lot more about what happened today.