A simple fix for the Titans.
The Tennessee Titans quietly had a solid night on both sides of the ball, but the win against the Denver Broncos was much more difficult than it had to be.
There are a lot of reasons that it was such a grind, and it all starts with the atmosphere. If you don’t follow me on Twitter (which…I mean, why not) then you might not know exactly what I am talking about.
Before last night, the Broncos had gone 18-2 in their home openers over the last 20 years and that is wins and losses not covering the spread, not getting close, not almost winning, just outright wins.
This is because the air is famously thinner in Denver which makes it very hard on teams that haven’t been able to get into game shape yet. So, teams are exhausted by the second quarter while the Broncos are just doing what they are used to.
It was even worse this year because there was no preseason which means instead of spreading out 4 quarters of action over 4 games, the Titans had 0 snaps with actual tackling and blocking.
Aside from that, the Titans also had injuries and self-inflicted issues that hurt them like:
-1st round rookie Isaiah Wilson being out of shape and on the COVID list
-Backup RB Darrynton Evans not being in shape to play.
-Rashaan Evans punching Jake Butt and getting ejected before the end of the 1st quarter.
Oh yea, and you might have noticed Stephen Gostkowski leaving 10 points off the board with three missed kicks and a missed PAT. That was pretty bad, which brings me to…