Tennessee Titans throttle Bucs as young stars prove their mettle

Tennessee Titans (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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All week long, the questions surrounding the Tennessee Titans centered around whether or not this team would show and prove versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after having to board a plane, travel to Florida, and put a smile back on the face of their head coach after disappointing him with their performance during the second of two joint practices.

Let’s just say that the plane ride home should be one that’s stress-free. After smothering the Atlanta Falcons with a dominating 23-3 performance in the first week of preseason games, the Titans were, arguably, more impressive versus the defending Super Bowl Champions.

A 20-point win came in Week 1. Tennessee, for an encore, set Raymond James Stadium on fire with a 31-point beatdown of the Bucs.

The Tennessee Titans get all-star performances by just about everybody.

There are almost too many heroes to mention in this one, but here are a few highlights. Mekhi Sargent firmly placed his name in the minds of both Titans coaches and enthusiasts by proving he belongs in the NFL. Dez Fitzpatrick, a young man who needed a jolt of confidence got some with his first touchdown grab, a beauty from the arm of Logan Woodside.

Matt Barkley threw for two scores. The defense shined as well as new acquisitions and prospects that have been here all Summer made plays. They forced turnovers. They held the Bucs to nine first downs, and if you love special teams play, you have to love the 58-yard field goal from Sam Ficken.

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This one was fun to watch, and since we’re on the subject. how many game balls can be given away by a head coach during the post-game locker room speech? Coach has quite a few to hand out after this one.

Tennessee is 2-0 this preseason. Next up is their third and final tilt, a home date versus the Chicago Bears on August 28th at 6 pm CDT.