Pickers mailbag: There is still a path to a wild card berth for the Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- I am filled with steroids. I would fail an NFL test and get suspended. But I am feeling a bit better, so we've got that going for us.PatriotsHelmet

Welcome to the mailbag. If you missed the big Periscope, here it is,

You can also find that on the public Facebook page, which you should definitely be following.

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Scouting report: Gronk threat will open things up for Sony Michel against the Titans

Blake Beddingfield was a Titans' scout for 19 years, through the 2017 draft. He was the team's director of college scouting for his final six years. Follow him on Twitter at @BlakeBeddingfi1. He’s brought to you by Party Fowl. Eat hot chicken and drink boozy slushes in The Gulch, the Boro or in Donelson.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans defense ranks first in the league in scoring defense, and that will obviously be tested this week against the Patriots.MariotaSackedRavens

Tom Brady is still playing at a high level even at the age of 41.

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Blocked? Muted? The Titans' social media reactions aren't as telling as I might have believed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Social media can be a jagged mountain range for an athlete, with soaring peaks after a big performance and dangerous cliffs for an emotional player after a bad play or a bad loss.ComptonIntro2

Many stoically act as if they don’t care, but in less than half a season we’ve seen two young Titans get caught up in it.

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Scout's take: Moving pocket keyed big game for Marcus Mariota

Blake Beddingfield was a Titans' scout for 19 years, through the 2017 draft. He was the team's director of college scouting for his final six years. Follow him on Twitter at @BlakeBeddingfi1. He’s brought to you by Party Fowl. Eat hot chicken and drink boozy slushes in The Gulch, the Boro or in Donelson.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Marcus Mariota is the best player on the Titans offense. It isn’t even a question anymore.

There was no question who was the best QB on the field on Monday night and that was the difference in the game.

The Titans moving the pocket for the QB was very effective during the Titans 28-14 win over the Cowboys in Dallas. It allowed Mariota to use his feet to create space and allow receivers time to get open.

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Titans' win over Cowboys felt like a graduation day for the offense'

ARLINGTON, Texas – Those weren’t the Saints running plays out there on the AT&T Stadium turf. Or the Rams.

But they weren’t the Week 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 or 7 Titans either.IMG 6835

It felt like an offensive graduation day complete with shovel-pass inventiveness, screen-pass effectiveness, quarterback running timeliness and deep-strike precision. Play-calling compliments were passed around freely to Matt LaFleur after the Titans complete 28-14 win over the Cowboys that pulled them to 4-4.

The Titans were 11-for-14 on third down – that’s a whopping 79 percent. They scored four touchdowns on five red-zone chances against the second-best red zone defense in the NFL. They punted only once.

Never mind the point production, just look at the result.

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In must-win scenario, Titans deliver in Dallas

ARLINGTON, Texas – In the closest thing you’ll find to a Week 9 must-win, the Titans followed the instruction, surviving a couple early turnovers en route to a 28-14 win over the Cowboys.IMG 6812 2

They are 4-4 and very much in the mix for a playoff berth where 5-3 would currently have the last Wild Card spot and 6-3 Houston is atop the AFC South.

The offense looked like a disaster early, with a quick strip sack of Marcus Mariota given up by Jack Conklin resulting on one turnover and a Dion Lewis fumble another. But Kevin Byard’s end zone interception helped even things out in the early stages. [Unlocked]

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An AWOL Titan who should show up in Dallas

ARLINGTON, Texas – There are plenty of players we’ve hardly heard from during the Titans’ 3-4 start.

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While contemplating the Titans’ game against the Cowboys tonight at AT&T Stadium tonight, one has repeatedly come to mind.

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