With this in mind, the team’s season has clearly had mixed results to start out. I think it’s encouraging that the Titans were able to win last week without Marcus Mariota, as the special teams and front seven stepped up in a big way. The skill players on offense have been rough, but I think Matt LaFleur’s scheme suggests things will be different and a little easier for the offense.
It’s also important to note how many injuries the Titans have sustained. Marcus Mariota, Delanie Walker, Corey Davis, Adoree Jackson, Harold Landry, Rashaan Evans, Derrick Henry, Jack Conklin, Dennis Kelly, Rishard Matthews, etc. have been struck with injuries and/or have missed significant playing time to injury. Much like the Falcons in the NFC, this team isn’t even at 100% but would probably look better if it was (Then again we can say that about most teams).
Despite the injuries to the offensive tackles, the Titans have only given up one sack on the year, and that’s extremely encouraging because they’re on the road against a monster Jaguars pass rush. Derrick Henry put together a stronger performance in Week 2, but I still think Dion Lewis is the better option and should be utilized more. It’s too early for a verdict on the receiving corps, but Taywan Taylor looks like a really good screen receiver. The clock is ticking elsewhere, though.
We’ll know more about this team in the next 2-3 games, but right now things could be worse, and I think they’ve managed to hold the fort with the injuries they’ve sustained. The offense needs to catch fire badly, though, and the Jaguars are a massive test for that occurrence.