As Jonnu Smith, Darius Jennings and Nick Williams struggle, Titans over-reliant on top targets

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – A week ago, Darius Jennings dropped a giant pass in overtime and the Titans were able to bail him out.

Sunday at New Era Field, Nick Williams took a turn making the big mistake, and his team couldn’t overcome it.MariotaHelmetHands

The Titans lack of passing-game playmakers is a Nashville era-long issue for the team. Corey Davis had a breakout game in the OT win over Philadelphia and showed us what he might be capable of. I was impressed in that game with the attitude he, Tajae Sharpe and Taywan Taylor showed.

But Taylor lost a fumble that killed the Titans early against Buffalo and was the first of three giveaways that led to a 13-12 loss.

There have been too many drops in too many crucial situations by too many people through five games.

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Three giveaways, insufficient run defense created brutal Titans' loss

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – The last question asked and answered, Mike Vrabel got the nod that he was good to step away from the podium and hit the shower.

“Sweet,” he said sarcastically, free to move on to pulling lessons out of a disastrous trip to play the Bills and advance to planning for the Ravens visit to Nashville in a week.IMG 5577

He knew there wasn’t anything sweet about the game he’d just coached, where his offense handed the ball away three times and lost, 13-12, on a last-second Stephen Hauschka field goal from 46 yards out.

The Titans weathered a great deal in the first month of Vrabel’s first season and emerged 3-1. But they fell back into the long-standing temptation to play to the level of the competition here at New Era Field.

The giveaways -- by Taywan Taylor, Marcus Mariota and Dion Lewis – were the primary culprit, setting up 10 points for the Bills.

A week after a very strong performance in an overtime thriller against the Eagles, Mariota was incredibly mediocre, hitting on 14 of 26

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Pickers Mailbag: Against bad teams, I'm more interested in Titans' method than margin

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Greetings on the big weekend. If you missed Friday’s Periscope, well here I am to help you deal with that issue.

You can also see that on Facebook Live and get a steady feed of my stuff by liking this page.

If you missed the podcast, I’m here for you as well.

Onward to your questions:

James Hughes: Is Malcolm Butler worth the money? Is the defense as good as it looks?

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YAZOO PODCAST: Marcus Mariota slips an occasional signal to Matt LaFleur

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In the past, the Titans playing to the level of their competition has been a legitimate concern. I feel less like that's going to be the case with Mike Vrabel's teams. As the Titans head to Buffalo we will get a big indicator, as the Bills are not very good.

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As we get ready for kickoff, I also spent time on the idea that these Titans are in some ways parallel to the 1999 team as well as considering Dennis Kelly's health, the degree of Mike Vrabel's concern with offensive balance, Terry Robiskie's new job, the contribution of Marcus Mariota in the run game and an interesting Mariota career stat.

You can find Part 1 on iTunes, here, or directly through the Vokal website, here. Feel free to hook us up with a rating and review on iTunes.

If you're a member of the site, it's all one podcast, which you can play by heading below.

Thanks for your continued support.

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Scouting report: Bills a good matchup for Titans' Dion Lewis, Jonnu Smith

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 Twiiter 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 will finally be favored to win for the first time this season.

The Bills lack the overall offensive talent to be a major threat.

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The Titans must defend against a letdown after facing two of the most talented teams in the NFL in the Jaguars and the Eagles.

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Jurrell Casey playing so well, he hasn't even needed his wiggle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Through four games, Jurrell Casey has been a consistent disruptor on the Titans’ defensive line, fighting through and around blockers to 13 quarterback pressures, three sacks, two forced fumbles and 22 tackles.

It’s been a massive effort from a player who’s not as massive, at 6-foot-1, 305 pounds, as middlemen in a lot of Dean Pees defensive lines.

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Casey is coming off his third consecutive Pro Bowl season, but in his first four games working with Mike Vrabel and Pees he’s been, perhaps, even more effective.

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