3. Titans defense is good, not elite
I’ll be the first to admit when I’m wrong about something, and this is one of those times. During the offseason and even into much of the regular season I’ve been saying this defense is elite and champiobnship-caliber, but that simply isn’t the case.
Tennessee’s defense allowed 30 points on Sunday, the most points it has allowed all season. And, just when the offense is able to do something right of alte, the defense breaks and surrenders points.
The points allowed in Week 9 isn’t what I’m getting at here, though. Tennessee is still missing a big piece of what takes a defense from good to great (sorry to use that phrase), which is a pass-rush that can create consistent pressure without the help of a blitz.
We once again saw that in Week 9, and Kyle Allen was afforded far too much time to throw on most dropbacks, resulting in several big plays. Granted, the Titans were without Jurrell Casey in this game, however the lack of a consistent pass-rush has been a problem even when Casey is playing.