Tennessee Titans: Biggest winners, major duds following Week 5

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Dane Cruikshank, Tennessee Titans
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Tennessee Titans biggest losers from Week 5’s win

Dud: Shane Bowen, defensive coordinator

If this defense doesn’t get its act together and do so quickly, it’s going to wind up costing this team during the postseason, if not sooner.

Versus the lowly Jags, they gave up almost 200 yards rushing. Trevor Lawrence was 27 yards short of 300 yards passing, and they gave up two plays of over 50 yards. That all falls squarely on the shoulders of the defensive coordinator, Shane Bowen.

Dud: Todd Downing, offensive coordinator

Here’s a hip-hop reference for you. If you take The Notorious B.I.G. away from Sean Combs during Bad Boy’s heyday what do you have? Dallas Austin? Maybe a slightly better Jermaine Dupri?

Let’s take that same line of thinking and apply it to Todd Downing. What does this Titans offense look like if you remove Derrick Henry? It isn’t very good! We’ll tell you that!

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Dud: Dane Cruikshank, safety

We can safely state that, even though Dane Cruikshank has had his moments, Amani Hooker’s job is safe. Cruikshank has done nothing to steal the job from him, snd after his performance in Week 5, people are going to be hoping Hooker’s return comes sooner rather than later.

Duds: The offensive line

It’s sad that we’re stating that we’re relieved the offensive line only gave up three sacks. Think about that for a second. They’re helping Derrick Henry (some), but at this rate, Tannehill won’t finish the season.