Terrific first drive in win over Bengals showed us what the Titans offense can and should be

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The opening drive was wonderfully orchestrated. The finishing drive secured the win.

The offense the Titans played in between was patchy at best, including a dropped touchdown pass, a missed field goal, an interception, a fumbled touchdown pass and the sort of inconsistency that’s been a hallmark of the 2017 Titans.

The home team never trailed during its 24-20 win until A.J. Green’s 70-yard catch and dash for a touchdown with 5:03 left.DeMarcoCIN

Marcus Mariota answered in franchise quarterback style, and he hit third read DeMarco Murray with a little dump off pass from 7-yards out and Murray fought his way in with a stretch to put the Titans ahead for good with his third score.

The Titans are 6-3, still a half game up on Jacksonville thanks to their head-to-head win. Tennessee faces a huge challenge with a Thursday night trip to Pittsburgh, looking to finish off a four-game AFC North run with a fifth consecutive victory.

As good as the last drive was, I want to focus here on the first one.

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