Calm down Tennessee Titans fan, offense is fine

NASHVILLE, TN- SEPTEMBER 10: Tight end Delanie Walker
NASHVILLE, TN- SEPTEMBER 10: Tight end Delanie Walker /

Stop freaking out about the Tennessee Titans offense.

Guys, everyone take a deep breath and let me reassure you that the Tennessee Titans offense will be fine.

The reason I am writing this article is because every radio spot I hear is bemoaning the Titans run game. Some have even gone as far as to call Marcus Mariota average which is just…I don’t know, inexcusable? Ridiculous?

Whatever the adjective, lets look at some actual numbers to see if how the offense did.

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Rush yards

The Tennessee Titans didn’t put up a lot of yards on the ground, but that is because they didn’t really try to run it much last week. When they did they were very effective.

In fact, the three-headed combo of DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry and Marcus Mariota averaged 4.5 yards per carry. That number was 5th best in the NFL and 3rd best among teams that ran more than 20 times.

Offensive line

Again, people are talking a lot about the Titans offensive line and how they “struggled” with the Oakland defense. While the Raiders defense had a few flashes, the offensive line and Marcus Mariota worked well in tandem.

They worked so well that the Tennessee Titans were tied for 3rd best in the NFL with just 3 QB hits. On top of that they only allowed one sack. That is a pretty great job against a team with a reigning DPOY.

Marcus Mariota

Mariota is great. Despite not having some of the established talent that some other teams have, Marcus Mariota passed for 255 yards (after sacks) which was tied for 11th best in the NFL last week.

You know who he was tied with? Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers. You know, the team with the supposed best tandem of wide receivers in the NFL? A team that was playing the Cleveland Browns?

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Other teams that ended up with less adjusted passing yards were: Oakland, New England, Los Angeles Chargers, Carolina, and Seattle. Almost all of them were facing clearly inferior opponents.

He also managed to lead them on three separate drives ending inside of the 10-yard line. If they just finish those drives then they end up with 8 more points and this game is a lot more competitive going into the fourth quarter.

So, everyone just take a deep breath and relax. Panicking and blaming people for things without actually look at it in terms of the context of the whole NFL is making a lot of people look foolish. Take a step back and let’s see what happens this week.