What. A. Win.
The Titans pulled off a gutsy 20-17 win in their home opener against the Texans. With Marcus Mariota sidelined due to an elbow injury, Blaine Gabbert started. No Mariota, no Taylor Lewan (concussion) and with Jack Coklin not ready yet, the offense was diminished. Kevin Pamphile and Tyler Marz stepped in and the offensive line only allowed one sack all game. Gabbert finished 13/20, 117 yds., 1 TD. Exceptional football from Gabbert as he came in, did his job and had zero turnovers. Biggest stat from Sunday: The first win of the Mike Vrabel era.
The game started with the defense swarming and causing Deshaun Watson and the Texans all sorts of headaches. Jurrell Casey started off the early pass rush success with a sack. Logan Ryan followed up with a sack of his own and forced the Texans to punt. The Titans then were forced to punt, but then the tricks were pulled out of the bag. Kevin Byard delivered a rainbow of a throw and Dane Cruikshank took it all the way for a touchdown. It then made us think: What can’t Kevin Byard do!
The trickery! 👀— Sporting News (@sportingnews) September 16, 2018
Fake. Punt. TD.
Kevin Byard with the throw to Dane Cruikshank for the 66-yard score. pic.twitter.com/tZKFDExxmb
The Titans then forced another stop and drove their way down the field. They then capped the drive off with a score to Taywan Taylor. Who showed off some slick moves en route to the end zone.
The problems for the Texans didn’t end there, as Adoree Jackson went up in the air and ended a Texans drive on his own.
After that however, the Titans ran into some trouble of their own. Deshaun Watson got in a groove and connected on touchdowns strikes to DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller to take a 17-14 lead at the end of the third quarter. The defense buckled down in the fourth however and only let up three more points. On the Titans final drive, they got some big plays from Blaine Gabbert and especially Dion Lewis. But not in a way you’d expect, knocking the ball out of bounds after it was fumbled by Corey Davis. The Titans got a field goal out of that drive and the defense needed a stop. Deshaun Watson and company got to midfield, but ultimately losing by bad clock management by Watson himself. Time ran out and you know what that means…
Watson scrambles and time expires.— Armchair Titans (@ArmchairTitanUp) September 16, 2018
You know what that means….. pic.twitter.com/1OXxO3yxW1
The running duo of Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry had success all day long. The secondary had its struggles in the game, but held it down when it it was needed most. Even the special teams gave the team their only explosive play of the game. The pass rush needs much more work, but all that matters is the win. ON TO DUVAL!
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