KEY PLAYER FROM GAME
Usually we’ll hit on one key player for the game but for this week, I’ve got to hit on two guys. Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry. Both Mariota and Henry had career games as Mariota went 23-32 for 306 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. Derrick Henry by far had his best career game as he ran for 131 yards on 19 carries (including a 72 yard touchdown run). The reason why both of these guys are key players is that Marcus Mariota had one of his best games while he was still not 100% healthy. Sort of “McNairish.” He had to stay in the pocket the entire game, which we are not used to see him doing. Henry, on the other hand, helped open up the offense with his ground and pound style running that eventually helped seal up the Titans victory.
GAME RECAP AND ANALYSIS
For the fourth straight game, the Titans offense got off to a slow start. While the offense did finally score for in the first quarter for the first time in three games, they just could not seem to put the ball into the end-zone. The Titans went into the half down 13-9 after a very nice half from kicker Ryan Succop, but an early pick 6 by Mariota early in the 2nd half put the Colts up 19-9 and the rest of the game did not look very bright for the Titans. However, after that, both the Titans offense and defense turned it up another notch. The Titans moved the ball well all night and it was finally a coming out party for Eric Decker who finished the night with 7 catches for 88 yards. The Titans put up 21 points in the 4th quarter with two stellar plays on a 53 yard touchdown pass from Mariota to Taywan Taylor and then a 72 yard touchdown run by Derrick Henry to ice the game. The Titans came out in the second half looking hungry and motivated to end the 11 game losing streak to the Colts and they did exactly that. Tennessee moves to 3-3 (tied for first in the division) and head to Cleveland to take on the Browns on Sunday.