On Sunday, the Tennessee Titans will travel to play the Minnesota Vikings. Can Titans stay undefeated? Will the Vikings win their first game of the 2020 season? The answers may be held by both running backs, Derrick Henry or Dalvin Cook. Whoever can run the ball may be the team that comes out victorious.
Currently, Tennessee ranks at the top of the NFL with no turnovers. At the same time, Minnesota is at the bottom with averaging two a game. The key for both teams will be to limit turnovers. Ryan Tannehill has been perfect with no turnovers and six passing touchdowns. Kirk Cousins has been far from perfect with throwing three interceptions alone last week. Is this the week Cousins catches fire against a struggling Titans secondary?
The Titans come in averaging 24.5 points per game with putting up 33 last week against Jacksonville. The issue with Tennessee’s offense is in the running game. They currently are 26th with averaging 3.7 yards per rush attempt. Derrick Henry historically takes a little longer to get started. On the flip side, the Vikings come in 4th with 5.3 yards per rush attempt. So why are the Vikings 0-2? Minnesota has fallen behind both the Packers and the Colts to start the season. Once the game gets out of hand, the Vikings are forced to throw the ball. Minnesota is scoring 22.5 points per game, which keeps them close to Tennessee.
The Vikings are giving up 36 points a game, which ranks them 30th in the NFL. Turnovers have helped contribute to the inflated numbers against the defense. Where Minnesota excels is with its rush defense. The Vikings are only giving up 4.3 yards per rush. On the other side, the Titans are letting opposing rushers average over 5 yards per carry. Tennessee has found challenges rushing the passer and defending the pass. Last week the Jaguars had Robinson go over 100 rushing yards, and Minshew threw for over 300 passing yards.
Tennessee has only won one time in its history at Minnesota. In 1992 the Oilers finally defeated the Vikings in Minneapolis. However, this Titans team is no joke. Look for Coach Vrabel to have Tennessee ready to play after squeaking by both Denver and Jacksonville. Ryan Tannehill will take a few shots downfield to Kalif Raymond to open up the running game. Look for Darrynton Evans to have an impact on the game while backing up Derrick Henry. Titans 27, Vikings 24.