You want glass half full? The Titans have won their last 4 season openers. In case you don’t know, the rest of the season hasn’t played out so well. That was a good team the Titans played yesterday, and they were the better team until they decided to let the Vikings in on the fun and give them the ball..over and over and over.
Another thing on those turnovers, the Marcus Mariota pick and the first DeMarco Murray fumble were mistakes that were unforced. I don’t know if that makes me feel better or not, but that is something they can clean up and improve in the future....hopefully.
With all of that being said, here are some winners and losers from the loss to the Vikings:
There aren’t enough good words in the English language to describe the play of the Titans rookie WR. He just continues to go out there and produce. Like I said last night, Sharpe is going to lead the Titans in targets this year. That was unthinkable a month ago.
Derrick Henry the receiver
People said Henry couldn’t catch. Well those people were freaking wrong. Henry turned a dead play into a 29 yard reception yesterday. A running back who is 6-3 and weighs 247 pounds who can play all 3 downs? Yes, please.
The defense as a whole played pretty well yesterday. Searcy had a really nice game with 8 tackles, 2 of them for a loss, and a pass deflected.
If you just look at the box score, the numbers for Mariota aren’t that bad (25-41/271/2/1), but that pick 6 turned the game around. It was just a bad decision by Mariota. To his credit, he said as much after the game. He will learn from it and come back better.
The Titans are placing a lot of their faith in Murray. He simply cannot put the ball on the ground.....especially at that point in the game.
When you go to Twitter and type in “Andre Johnson” one of the auto-fill options is “Andre Johnson dropped TD pass.” Now the Titans did ultimately get a touchdown on that drive, so in the end it didn’t matter, but this guy is here because of his reliability.