Scout's Take: Ryan Tannehill efficient, under control when it mattered most vs. Texans

Scout's Take: Ryan Tannehill efficient, under control when it mattered most vs. Texans

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ryan Tannehill had his ups and downs throughout the Texans-Titans game, but when he was needed, he was efficient and under control.

The sack/fumble and interception were turning points in the game for Houston, but this is what a veteran quarterback can do for a team that stays consistent with the play-calling and putting personnel in spots to utilize its skills.TannehillTexans20AM

Photo courtesy Alison McNabb, Tennessee Titans.

Derrick Henry is the most patient running back in the NFL. This trait goes back to college when he would split time with other first-round running backs. He knows the defenses are keying on him, but if he continues to stay patient, not change up his run style, read the holes and not perceive that there will be traffic. He continues to run hard through the initial line and when there is a crease, he explodes through it.

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In tense record-breaker that could have used a crowd, Titans move to 5-0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This classic would have been even better with an audience, and the soundtrack that would come with the ups and downs and ups of the rollercoaster overtime win that got the Titans to 5-0 and lines them up for a postponed head-to-head with undefeated Pittsburgh Sunday.

The 42-36 win – the 100th for the franchise in the building -- deserves an immediate spot on the list I put together in 2018 of the best games played at what’s now Nissan Stadium.

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Jayon Brown celebrates an improbable win: Photo courtesy Alison McNabb, Tennessee Titans.

“It was up there, going to overtime, winning in overtime in the style that we did,” Jadeveon Clowney said. “…Top five in my time since I’ve been in the league.”

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Mailbag: Arthur Smith's future, Jadeveon Clowney's production, Bussin's video

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Happy weekend. It's good to have the Titans back on their regular schedule and I look forward to seeing some of you at Nissan Stadium Sunday. 

I hope you'll listen to the podcast, where I run through why this could be the week for Derrick Henry to break out.

Let us move onto your mail and some quality questions.

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Scout's Take: Houston's trade track record and Texans-Titans key matchups

Scout's Take: Houston's trade track record and Texans-Titans key matchups

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Texans are one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL in 2020. It got so bad in the first quarter of the season they fired their head coach, general manager and ruler-of-all in one decision.

For the franchise that was the best move going forward.

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Despite the poor record, the Texans do have talent on a number of levels on offense and defense. The issue is they have no depth.

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Titans overcoming a lot on defense by minimizing big pass plays

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The find a way Titans have some serious statistical faults, some that suggest they shouldn’t be 4-0, or close to it.

They are the NFL’s worst third-down defense, surrendering conversions 60 percent of the time, 6.2 percent more than the Giants who rank 31st.TitansWoodFlag

Only 1-4 Jacksonville, 0-5 Atlanta and undefeated Seattle surrender more yards a game than Tennessee.

Twenty percent of the runs against the Titans have gone for 10 yards or more and they are giving up a league-worst 5.5-yards per carry.

That’s a lot to overcome.

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Scout's Take: How the Titans outcoached the Bills

Scout's Take: How the Titans outcoached the Bills

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Bills looked to be on a bye week and the Titans played this like a playoff game. The score was one indicator, but the tempo and temperament of the game was the biggest disparity.

I wrote in the preview that some teams are dangerous when they play with their backs against the wall and the Titans showed that Tuesday night.

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Photo: Danny Parker, Tennessee Titans

The Titans’ offensive line set the tempo and the temperament for the game on the offensive side. Malcolm Butler had a productive game in the stat category, but his aggressive play set the tone for the defense. The first two receptions by Stefon Diggs and the hits that followed by Butler and Rashaan Evans, let Diggs know that he was in for a physical game.

Diggs responded with a number of drops after those receptions.

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Nothing special required after COVID layoff for Titans to trounce Bills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The recipe would require magic, most of us figured.

Two practices and a walkthrough in 16 days for the Titans would mean they’d need some miracles to pull out a win and maintain an unblemished record against the undefeated Bills.

But guess what?

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Photo: Danny Parker, Tennessee Titans

It was pretty straightforward football and a pretty old-fashioned butt-whipping that produced a 42-16 rout and delivered them to 4-0 after a challenging stretch that saw them shutdown while they endured 22 positive COVID-19 tests for players and staff.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After a Nissan Stadium workout on Aug. 3, Taylor Lewan offered huge props to the Titans' union representative Dennis Kelly for his mask enforcement in the locker room and around the team facility.

“Dennis would be an unbelievable dictator in any country the way he's been handling this mask thing,” Lewan said.

Alas, Kelly was just one man and as confidence that the NFL was staving off COVID-19 got higher, some Titans’ masks got lower.

Jon Robinson conceded the Titans fell below the NFL’s expected standard for mask usage during the time of their COVID-19 outbreak during a nearly 30-minute Zoom session with media on Monday.

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