After two impressive back-to-back wins against the Colts and the Ravens, the Titans played one of the worst halves of football the organization has seen in years. The defense reverted back to the type of defense we have seen most of the season. They allowed conversion after conversion on 3rd down and gave up huge plays in the passing game. The defensive line once again could not get any pressure on the quarterback.
The Titans got into a hole early in this game. A hole they could not dig themselves out of despite only allowing 3 points in the second half and playing like a completely different team. In fact, they almost came back despite being down by more than 4 touchdowns in the first half. Where was that intensity in the first half?
This season has been a weird one for the organization. We never know which Titans team will show up on Sundays. The offense has been outstanding for the most part, but you can only do so much when your defense cannot play complementary football. Ryan Tannehill had a great game considering, and Corey Davis is starting to show his value as a 1st round pick.
The defense has been the Achilles heel all season. This has been one of the organization’s worst defenses in recent years and the lack of a defensive coordinator continues to rear its ugly head. If this Titan’s team had even half of the defense they had a year ago, they would more than likely be unstoppable. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
In a league of profound offenses, you don’t necessarily need a juggernaut defense to win championships, but you do need a defense that can at least bend and not break. Can the Titans muster up something for the rest of the season in preparation for a playoff run? This should be a wake-up call for the Titans. If it was a matter of not being prepared and riding too high on their previous win’s then they need to wake up. They need to play with the same intensity every game from here on out if they want to make a deep playoff run again.