The Titans played a sloppy game but made it two in a row with Sunday’s 25-16 home win over the Colts in Week 3. It was a crucial victory that sent Tennessee to 2-1 while Indianapolis, the Titans’ biggest threat in the AFC South, is now in a hole at 0-3.
Tennessee entered the game with a bit of a concern at the EDGE position. Bud Dupree, who carried the “questionable” tag all week long, was active on an emergency basis, and didn’t play a single snap on the defensive side of the ball. Instead, Dupree nursed an ice pack over his right knee on the sidelines throughout the contest.
Dupree’s absence meant more snaps for Ola Adeniyi, who played an excellent game while recording 1.5 sacks. The former Steelers defender continues to serve as one of Tennessee’s best and most surprising producers on the defensive side of the ball.
For as good as Adeniyi was in an increased role, it was his running mate Harold Landry that stole the show. Landry recorded just 0.5 sacks per the stat sheet, but he was much more effective than what the box score indicates.
Next Gen Stats is an excellent tool. Its advanced model often tells the story that the basic statistics don’t, and one of this week’s reveals for the Titans is a startling one that really captures the kind of day Landry had on defense. According to their advanced stats, Landry generated a career-high 12 pressures against the Colts on Sunday. Landry’s 37.5% pressure rate is tied for third-highest in a game during the Next Gen Stats era.
Harold Landry generated a career-high 12 pressures in the Titans 25-16 victory over the Colts.— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) September 26, 2021
Landry's 37.5% pressure rate is tied for the 3rd-highest in a game in the Next Gen Stats era (min. 30 pass rushes).#INDvsTEN | #Titans pic.twitter.com/QXFPDwdlTG
Wow. You’d like to see Landry turn more of those pressures into sacks, but it doesn’t get much more dominant than that. Landry was constantly in Indianapolis’ backfield, sharing half of a sack with Adeniyi on this play here.
You’d have to think the Titans defenders really enjoyed this game. After playing the likes of Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson in Weeks 1 and 2, they finally got to pin their ears back and rush after a hobbled, pocket quarterback that wasn’t a threat to move around and create off-script like Murray and Wilson can.
Landry currently sits at 1.5 sacks through three games, but it won’t be long before his sack totals take off if he keeps putting forth these types of efforts. Landry is in a contract year, and is currently playing himself into a lucrative deal, whether in Tennessee or elsewhere.