Things sure feel a lot different around here than they did 24 hours ago, don’t they? That is what happens when the team comes out and puts on a dominating performance for pretty much a whole game. The Titans definitely needed that yesterday after the last 10 days.
With that being said, I want us to stop for a second and ask if we really learned anything new in this game. Should we feel like all of the issues from the past couple of weeks are fixed and that this team is ready to go on a run? To quote Lee Corso, “Not so fast, my friend!”
We know this team has a game like that in their range of outcomes. We saw it numerous times last year. The unfortunate thing we also know is that most times after a game like that we see a stinker. (It’s pretty ironic that the Titans play the Bills next as the Bills game last year is the one we would all mention when talking about stinkers. Thanks, Nick Williams!)
I won’t say that this team has turned a corner until they start to string performances like yesterday together. As mentioned above, the Titans have Buffalo coming to town this weekend and they go to Denver the next week. Those are two very winnable games. I need to see them win both of those. That would have them sitting at 4-2 with home games coming against the Chargers and Buccaneers. If they can at least split those to end up at 5-3 and I will feel good about where they are.
I will say that I was encouraged by the way they bounced back yesterday- especially on offense. Marcus Mariota looked like a different quarterback yesterday. He, like the team, has a habit of going back and forth between good performances and bad performances. Hopefully he will also be able to build on what he did yesterday and string together some strong performances. If he’s good over the next month we will all feel better about where this team is going.