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Titans vs. Chargers: Stop with the momentum argument

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The prevailing argument against the Titans going for 2 at the end of yesterday’s game is that the Titans had all of the momentum at that point in the game. The people that are making that argument say the Titans had dominated the 4th quarter so they should have been content to take the game into overtime because they had all of the quote/unquote momentum. That is a dumb argument. Let me tell you why:

  1. The Titans had already given up two long touchdowns in this game. In case you didn’t know, if the Titans lose the coin flip in overtime and do that again the game is over without Marcus Mariota and the offense ever touching the ball. I get that the defense was playing really well at that point, but Kendrick Lewis was still back there playing safety. It feels like it was only a matter of time before something like that happened again.
  2. It seems like most people have forgotten that the Titans offense went 2+ games without scoring a touchdown. To just assume that it would be easy for the Titans to march down and score a touchdown in overtime seems a little presumptuous. So even if they win the coin toss, the odds of the Chargers never getting a chance with the ball seems slim.
  3. With all of that being said, the odds are infinitely higher that they are able to gain a couple of yards....or a little more than a yard after the penalty....than win the game in overtime.

Mike Vrabel absolutely made the right call to go for 2. The play call(s) were the problem.