Tennessee Titans vs Baltimore Ravens: 3 stars

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Marcus Mariota
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Marcus Mariota /

The three Tennessee Titans players who deserve the most praise for the win against the Baltimore Ravens.

Nashville is becoming a city known for just the Tennessee Titans and country music. In case you weren’t watching this spring/summer, the Nashville Predators and hockey in general are becoming wildly popular.

In the last 18 months or so I would be lying if I said that the NHL wasn’t creeping up my list of my favorite things to watch. So I want to take something from the hockey world and use it on the NFL.

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In hockey, they do something where they rank the top three players on a team and they give them each a star rating. 3 stars means good, 2 stars is better and 1 star means you were the best player in the game for that team.

So, looking at the Titans, these are my three stars of the game.

3 stars: Wesley Woodyard, LB

Woodyard is this team’s best front seven player. Not just last game, but for the whole season. Guys like Brian Orakpo and Jurrell Casey have bigger name value, but Woodyard is far and away the best linebacker the team has and if not for the surge from Kevin Byard he could be the defensive MVP.

This week, he had 14 tackles including a huge tackle on 4th down to turn the ball over to the Titans. He isn’t a great cover man, but goodness he makes an impact against the run which was huge against a team like Baltimore.

2 stars: Marcus Mariota, QB

Say what you want about Marcus Mariota, but in clutch times with games on the line he is the guy I want with the ball in his hand. In the first half he showed fans that the deep ball was back. Not only that but he showed off his athleticism running away from tacklers and hurdling defenders.

In the later half of the game he showed that he was still a guy who could deliver from the pocket with a few clutch throws including the TD to Eric Decker and the 25-yarder to Delanie Walker over 2-time Pro Bowl and 2-time All Pro (2nd team) LB C.J. Mosley’s head.

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  • 1 star: Kevin Byard, S

    Was there every any doubt? Byard has gone from combine snub and 3rd round draft pick to the NFL’s leader in interceptions in just about a season and a half.

    I could take this time to praise Jon Robinson for finding him and having the bal- guts to take him in his first ever draft, but I will save that for another post.

    Kevin Byard has shown that no matter how you plan for him, he can beat you. Are you going to stop throwing the deep ball? Alright, then he will camp around midfield and read your QB’s eyes.

    Are you going to go to a run heavy offense? Fine, the Titans will put him in the box and use him as a thumper.

    Get the ball out quick so that he can’t make a play on the ball? Cool, Tennessee will just line him up in the slot or by the OLBs and blitz him.

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    Trying to get him stuck in traffic or do you think you are safe when he lines up in the box? Well, look at what happened when the Ravens tried to do that to him last this week (GIF at the bottom).

    You can’t take away someone that can do everything and right know Kevin Byard looks like that guy. It has been a long time since someone has looked so dominant for the Titans in the first half of the season, especially a 2nd year, mid-round draft pick.

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