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London — The Tennessee Titans finished their week six matchup with a loss to the Baltimore Ravens with a mixed bag of emotions after falling to their division rival Indianapolis Colts the week before.
Tennessee and Baltimore played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and it was a spectacle.
The first half was all Baltimore. They would open up the game with an eight-play, 50-yard drive that ended in a Justin Tucker field goal to go up 3-0. Tennessee would answer with a nine-play, 67-yard drive of their own and tied it up 3-3.
From there on out, it was the Ravens ball game. They would score 15 unanswered points to go up 18-3 going into halftime.
Tennessee would answer in the second half with 10 points of their own to make the game 18-13 after three quarters.
Baltimore would score six more points to further their lead to 24-13 after two big drives in the fourth quarter. Tennessee would score on a field goal to make it 24-16, but the Ravens would get the victory in London.
The Titans seemed to have a pretty successful formula for the most part but execution was lacking. Derrick Henry was the focal point of the offense with some passing sprinkled in to keep the boxes light. Baltimore’s answer was to blitz and make Ryan Tannehill beat them.
Tennessee had a difficult time pushing the ball downfield and couldn’t seem to get in a rhythm passing from any distance. Their average yards per pass were a pedestrian 3.9 yards. Compare that to 6.8 yards per rush and you see where the strength in this team lies.
The Titan’s offensive line held up pretty well but struggled against the blitz as they gave up six total sacks in the game. Left tackle Andre Dillard was benched for second-year man Nicholas Petit-Frere, which could be a band-aid of sorts for now.
The defense is the bright spot of this team but they can only go as far as the sum of their parts. The front seven are fearsome but the secondary continues to struggle. They will need to address that sooner rather than later if they hope to save what has been a disaster of a season this far.
Special teams has been okay but once again, the fumble bug struck. Kyle Phillips has been fielding punts but rookie Kearis Jackson should be eligible to return from IR after the bye.
– Crowned King: Henry rushed for 97 yards on 12 attempts.
– Answering The Call: Tennessee rush defense only allowed 76 yards to running backs.
– Two-Tone Blue Redzone: Titans held the Ravens to 1/6 (33.3%) Redzone Efficiency.
– Next Man Up: Tannehill may miss time after suffering an ankle injury in the game. Malik Willis and Will Levis will have to play in his stead.
– Unspecial Teams: Special teams had a bad day highlighted by a muffed punt that lead to points.
– Unsustainable Drives: Tennessee went 1/9 (11.1%) on 3rd Down.
Tennessee goes into the bye week at 2-4 and a lot of questions about the future of the team. They resume play in week 8 with a matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.