On Monday we saw exactly what the Tennessee Titans’ defense could look like without their top cornerbacks in place and it was an abject failure.
Whether the Titans have their best corner or their worst corner on the field, against the Buffalo Bills they showed that they will treat everyone the same. Mike Vrabel, Shane Bowen, and Jim Schwartz cooked up a game plan that allowed Tre Avery to cover Stefon Diggs without extra help and he torched them for a cool 12 catches, 148 yards, and 3 touchdowns in three quarters.
It was a bad plan to start and it failed spectacularly but based on everything we have seen in the past you shouldn’t expect there to be any adjustments made. That is why it is great news that Kristian Fulton appears to be getting close to a return after missing Week 2.
While the Titans won’t go against an elite receiver every week, they are facing the best receiver in the NFL this week in Davante Adams. That is not someone that you want on the same field with a cornerback like Tre Avery.
Injuries will be key in the Tennessee Titans’ coverage vs the Las Vegas Raiders
Kristian Fulton was incredible last year and the work he did against D.K. Metcalf and others was inspiring, so having him on the field again would be huge for their pass defense.
Someone else to monitor during the week is Las Vegas Raiders receiver, Hunter Renfrow.
While he hasn’t made a splash yet this year, he put up 1,000 yards in 2021 and he had more than 100 receptions. His crafty route running and toughness have made him a favorite for Derek Carr, but he might miss the game this weekend.
After a slugfest at home, the Raiders fell to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime and the last play of the game was a scoop and score touchdown after a Renfrow fumble. Now he is being listed on the injury report with a concussion and that isn’t something that this coaching staff should take lightly considering the pounding he takes over the course of a season.
Keep an eye on the injury reports this week because depending on what happens, the Titans’ defense could be without their top cover corner or the Raiders could be without Carr’s safety blanket.