1. Pass Rush showing life once again
Man, I almost forgot what it was like to see a pass-rush from the Titans defense.
After somehow not managing to get a single sack against a porous Bengals’ o-line, the Titans defense responded in a big way, finishing with 3 sacks on the day. Harold Landry III, Jayon brown, Rashaan Evans, and DaQuan Jones all got in on the sack action.
Not only did Tennessee collect a few sacks, but Nick Foles was CONSTANTLY under pressure. Multiple times throughout the day, Foles was rushed and forced to throw the ball before he intended to. The effectiveness of the pass rush was a huge reason why the Titans were consistently able to get off the field on 3rd downs.
And the best part? Tennessee was able to accomplish this without Jadeveon Clowney, who missed the game due to injury. While I don’t believe that Clowney was holding the team back, the pass-rushers did have their best game of the season without him. This is most likely a testament to the awfulness of the Bears’ patchwork offensive line, but still an interesting note.
With games against the Colts and Ravens up next, we’ll see if this pass-rush is for real, or if this performance was just an outlier against a terrible offensive line. Regardless, still, a positive that the Titans were able to add to their anemic sack numbers.