Bask in the glory of the Tennessee Titans stomping the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 once again with these top highlights.
You don’t want to get too caught up in one win, but with everyone picking the Cleveland Browns to roll the Tennessee Titans in Week 1, this victory warrants a little celebration.
The Titans didn’t only win, they embarrassed the Browns with a strong showing on offense, and an even stronger showing on defense.
As a result, there are some great highlights to enjoy the day after. Together, let’s relive what was the best Sunday Titans fans have had in a long time.
Derrick Henry’s 75-yard TD
Derrick Henry’s 75-yard catch-and-run was easily the biggest play of the game. After the Browns had narrowed the Titans lead to 15-13 on the previous drive, Henry simply broke the Browns’ backs with this impressive play that showed great vision, and even better blocking.
Corey Davis didn’t do much in this game, but his block at the end of that play was what allowed Henry to finish his sensational run.
What was also funny about that play is how Dennis Kelly had to duck in order to not get plunked by Marcus Mariota’s pass. My man needs an awareness boost on Madden 20 after that heads-up play.
After the play was over, Henry enjoyed a nice stare at Browns fans, adding insult to injury.
Browns fans talked a lot of trash before this game, so saying they deserved that would be an understatement.
Delanie Walker’s two scores
It’s hard to find heart-warming moments in football games, but there’s no doubt Delanie Walker gave us a few in this contest. The veteran tight end is responsible for two top highlights after finding the end zone twice against the Browns.
That was Walker’s first touchdown of the fourth quarter, and it’s clear he and Mariota will rekindle their special connection all throughout the 2019 season.
Walker’s second touchdown was even more impressive, as the 35-year-old who nobody thought had any gas left in the tank showed off his wheels to turn a short pass into a score.
A.J. Brown’s two big plays
A.J. Brown wasted absolutely no time getting his feet wet in the NFL. He made two big plays in this game, the first of which was a 47-yard grab down the middle of the field that could have been even bigger if Mariota led him a bit more.
Brown’s second catch was a perfect example of what the Titans have in their new receiver. After catching the ball near the first down marker, Brown turned on the jets and made some Browns defenders look silly with a stiff arm and some nice cutback moves.
Brown’s hands, strength, and physicality are as advertised. And, not only did he come up with those two grabs and total 100 yards in the game, his two big catches both led to field goals.
Cameron Wake’s two sacks
Another guy who people thought didn’t have much gas left in the tank was Cameron Wake. Instead, Wake showed quite the opposite and notched 2.5 sacks in his Titans debut.
The first was his 99th career sack and nearly resulted in a fumble recovery for the Tennessee Titans near the Browns’ own goal line.
Wake turned up the heat once again for his second sack, which resulted in a safety and two points for the Titans.
Wake’s 2.5 sacks in Week 1 are already more than the Titans got from their two starting edge rushers last season. So far, Wake is worth every penny. So much for not improving the pass-rush over the offseason, eh?
The Tennessee Titans’ “MMCNB” seconday was out in full force in Week 1. Titans cornerbacks Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler, as well as safety Kevin Byard, each had an interception; although the Titans could have had two more in this game, but we won’t be picky (no pun intended).
Byard’s pick was a thing of beauty, as he fooled Baker Mayfield into a false sense of security, only to change directions with a perfect read to pick the pass off.
Mayfield’s second pick was a bad one. Ryan had great coverage on his assignment and there was no window to fit that ball into. Ryan proved that by notching his first interception of the season.
The third and final pick went to Butler, whose pick-six finished the Browns off for good and made this game an even more embarrassing rout.
I’m still not sure where that ball was supposed to go, but Butler was in the right spot to catch it and turn it into points.
Brett Kern’s 70-yard punt
Death, taxes, and Brett Kern. That is all.
Head coach Mike Vrabel encapsulated this huge win with a strong celebration.
Enjoy this one for a day or two, Titans fans. The football world had you losing before the game was even played and counted you out. Go ahead and brag a bit, this Titans team earned it.
After that, it’s on to the Colts, because championships aren’t won in Week 1.