Winner: Ryan Tannehill
There wasn’t much Tannehill could do in this game. His offensive line consistently failed him in this contest, and while he did hold onto the ball for too long on some plays, he was not responsible for the unrelenting pressure he faced for all four quarters.
Tannehill did manage did extend some plays in the face of pressure in order to make things happen, but it simply wasn’t enough to keep up with a Saints offense that went off in the second half.
Despite clearly having the deck stacked against him and not having time to make things happen downfield, the Titans QB posted another solid game with 272 yards and three touchdowns, and he completed 63 percent of his passes for a passer rating of 133.6.
Loser: Mike Vrabel
This might be me being a little hard on the Titans head coach, but I thought Vrabel made a mistake in not going for it on fourth down in the fourth quarter with just over 12 minutes left to play.
Tennessee was facing a fourth-and-3 at the Saints’ 48 and was down by 10 points when Vrabel elected to punt it away instead of going for it. At that point in the game the Saints had 31 points and it was abundantly clear that the Titans couldn’t stop Brees and Co.
Of course, the Titans would go on to force a Saints punt on the next drive, but that doesn’t change the fact that I would’ve liked to see a bit more aggressive play-call rather than just punting it away.