Tennessee Titans instant overreaction: Week 1

NASHVILLE, TN- SEPTEMBER 10: Safety Karl Joseph
NASHVILLE, TN- SEPTEMBER 10: Safety Karl Joseph /

What happened to the Tennessee Titans and why are we all yelling?

After months of wondering what the Tennessee Titans would look like this year, it is safe to say that the fans were underwhelmed.

I’m not going to say it was all bad because it wasn’t. Whether you understand it or not, Marcus Mariota had a very good game. He led drives of 75 and 93 yards two out of his first three series. That just doesn’t happen for a bad QB.

Mariota was the big bright spot, but there were several others that I will likely talk more about tomorrow.

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What I want to talk about right now are the overreactions that we will all have when we talk about this game.

Again, these are the overreactions you will hear this week. Some I agree with or see the potential in, some I think are insane. Regardless, this is what people will be yelling about all week. Let’s dive in.

Corey Davis is the best rookie receiver in this class!

I think it is fair to say that he will be the top 1st round receiver in this draft, but several other rookies had big days today in more pass happy offenses. There is no denying that the fade he caught on the sideline was a special combination of hands, height, concentration, and chemistry with Mariota.

Having said that, there is a long season to go and while he looks promising, he needs to stay healthy for long stretches to warrant that hype. He had a solid statline and his first action was against live bullets, it is fair to say that he has a ton of potential now we just have to see him put it all together.

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The Titans need drastic help on the defensive line.

Say what you want, but the Titans defensive line did almost nothing today. The Oakland Raiders had a clear plan to force the Tennessee front-four to beat their OL and they didn’t even get close.

Look, the Raiders have the best LG-C-RG trio in the NFL but still, you want to see the defensive line win one or two battles.

If the Titans make a move to get a new defensive lineman then maybe they don’t think this is as big of an overreaction as I do.

Adoree Jackson looked bad

Stop. Don’t do this to yourself.

Rookie CBs rarely step in and have a year like Marcus Peters did. It takes a year or so to really become a dependable starter for a defense. You just hope you get more good plays than bad, and that is what Adoree Jackson did.

He was lined up on the left side of the field all day and he handled every receiver the Raiders had. Going against Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper is going to be a problem for every CB at some point or another.

You have to be encouraged with his big stops in the redzone and on 3rd down where they tried to isolate him with those guys and he stood up tall.

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  • Eric Decker was a bad signing

    People are going to focus in on him a lot, and maybe they have a right to do that.

    However, one game isn’t enough to make me think the joint practices he had were a mirage. Nor are they enough to make me think his career is over.

    Rishard Matthews and Corey Davis both had big games so we may never see a huge Eric Decker season, but may see him take over a game or two this season.