Malcolm Butler, CB
The veteran cornerback has also had a good year, as he had only allowed two touchdowns prior to this game. Both of those touchdowns coming in the Houston Texans game where he also allowed 105 receiving yards and seven receptions. You might remember this is another game where the defense looked like they were holding on for dear life.
He did give up a touchdown against the Browns to Jarvis Landry, on what looked to be a defensive breakdown or miss communication between him and Kevin Byard. While being targeted six times, he allowed five receptions for 35 yards and did not look like himself.
Jarvis Landry was the ideal matchup for Malcolm Butler who has thrived playing against more physical receivers so far this season, but the Titans just can’t seem to realize that they need to move their cornerbacks around and let them follow players.
Who knows, in a different world where Butler is dealing with Landry on every snap, maybe there isn’t a miscommunication or maybe Butler influences his route and Landry doesn’t catch the touchdown.
Either way, this is a matchup that you need Butler to win if he is your CB1 and while it wasn’t the deciding touchdown, the game did come down to a six-point win after a nearly astounding comeback attempt from the Titans. Would a stop given the Titans one more shot to win it at the end?