Let’s have some fun, shall we? If you’ve been a Titans fan for as long as I’ve been, you’ve likely suffered through some terrible offenses. Even when this franchise was going through its glory years in the late 90s, the defense was the unit that carried them.
That’s no longer the case. Yes, this defense has some serious issues — but let’s ignore that for a minute while both appreciating and enjoying how excellent this offense is.
They ran the Lions off the field while putting up 46 points and 463 yards. They were averaging 9.1 yards per play at the conclusion of the second quarter. The Titans are now the ninth team in NFL history to score at least 30 points and go over 400 yards of offense in 5 straight games. Yes, take this week’s opponent into account, but this type of offensive performance isn’t an anomaly, it’s the norm.
Derrick Henry is obviously front and center of all this. He tormented the Lions with 147 yards on 24 carries. That’s good for 6.1 yards per carry. The King has now rushed for at least 133 yards in four of the last five games. The one “miss” in that period only occurred because the Titans were down big at half to the Browns.
Henry won the rushing title last year with 1,540 yards. He’s already surpassed that and sits at 1,679 yards with two games to go. He’s also at 15 rushing touchdowns through 14 games. He’s already surpassed last year’s yardage total of 1,540. He is going to win the rushing title for the second straight year. It’s all but been decided.
Let’s throw some love at Ryan Tannehill. He completed 21 of 27 passes for 273 yards while accounting for 5 total touchdowns.
Mike Herndon of Broadway Sports Media pointed out some terrific facts here. Tannehill became just the third QB in NFL history to throw for 2 touchdowns, rush for 2, and have a passer rating of at least 145.8. He’s now accounted for 3,482 yards and 31 touchdowns through the air with two games to go. He’s just the third QB in franchise history to hit the 30-TD mark in a single season, joining George Blanda (36 in 1961) and Warren Moon (33 in 1990). He’s also about to destroy Matt Hasselbeck’s Titans era single season passing yard mark of 3,571 yards next week. He deserves it.
There’s plenty of love to go around. Corey Davis is now just 55 yards away from his first 1,000 yard season. His latest effort included a 75-yard touchdown that showcased both his ability to run crisp routes AND destroy cornerbacks in the open field after the catch. A.J. Brown had a quieter game, but he’s now hit double digits (10) in the touchdown column.
This offense has now scored 436 points on the season. No team (that’s right, not even the Chiefs) has scored more points this year. They are also the No. 1 offense by EPA per play:
The Tennessee Titans are now the No. 1 offense by EPA per play.— Computer Cowboy (@benbbaldwin) December 21, 2020
The Ryan Tannehill haters are beside themselves pic.twitter.com/DV1AwRs7AG
What a time to be alive.