Scout's Take: How to run Derrick Henry and control Lamar Jackson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans and the rest of the NFL are at the point in the season where every game is a big game and will impact what happens in January.

The Ravens lost to injury their three best run defenders in defensive lineman Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams and inside linebacker L.J. Fort, and Patriots running back Damion Harris ran for a career-high with 121 yards.


This should be a big indicator of what the Titans offensive game plan should be.


The Ravens possess two of the best man cover corners in the NFL in Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters who can match the Titans’ receivers with size and speed.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Anthony Midget engaged in a healthy conversation with the local media about press coverage earlier this week and he didn’t back down from defending his cornerbacks the way they’ve appeared to back down from a lot of receivers this season.

“Obviously we’re asking the guys to be more aggressive in the back end and I feel Breon (Borders) has come in and done a better job and obviously that’s a strength of Malcolm (Butler’s),” Midget said.

“So the last couple weeks I thought the guys have been doing more of that and we’re going to continue to stress that, just understanding what the situation is, whether it’s third-down or whatever part of the game it is, what we are looking for and whether we want guys pressing or playing off.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans’ first-round pick hasn’t found his way onto the field for a game yet, sidelined by poor conditioning, COVID-19, off-the-field issues and lack of readiness.

Maybe Sunday in Baltimore will be the start of Isaiah Wilson’s career as a member of the Tennessee Titans. It would be a leap for him to dress, after which I imagine there would be another big leap to playing on offense. (I'll believe any of it when I see him in uniform.)


Photo: Mike Vrabel with Isaiah Wilson by George Walker Tennessean via pool.

Wilson is the headliner of what's been an incredibly disappointing draft class so far. The group’s story isn’t written nine games into its first year.

But a team that was a game away from the Super Bowl sure could have used some supplementation from the college ranks in 2020.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Congratulations, you made it to next week. I hope you are heading into Monday night with a big fantasy lead and maybe won a bet or two. I wish The Masters was more exciting.

I appreciate the collection of mail and enjoyed digging in.


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Scout's Take: Why Ryan Tannehill's accuracy is dipping

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- My review of the Titans' 34-17 loss to the Colts that left them knotted with Indianapolis at 6-3 at the top of the AFC South...

Arthur Smith did his homework on the Colts’ defense, keeping it off balance on the first drive of the game with a precise six-play drive with the ball never hitting the ground en route to a touchdown.


Photo: Tennessee Titans/ Alison McNabb

The Colts offensive focus was to commit to running the football and instead of ignoring the run when it struggled early they made a personnel change and used third-down back Nyheim Hines more.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Take all that work they did to finally find a big start to a season, to get atop the AFC South standings and be chased instead of chasing and crumple it up, snap it to Trevor Daniel and drop it on his foot.

Let’s see if he can punt it into a nearby trash can.


Photo: Alison McNabb/Tennessee Titans

A disastrous third quarter keyed by what qualifies as a massive special teams’ failure even for this team means a 34-17 nationally televised embarrassment for the Titans at the hands of the Colts.

It puts the teams together at 6-3 at the head of the division, where the Titans are no longer being pursued but are actually in the weaker position.

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Scout's Take: Philip Rivers' low trajectory will give Titans more chances to tip passes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Colts are 5-3 and they rely heavily on their defense and offensive lines to win them ball games.

These aren’t the same teams that had Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck and high-profile offenses from 1998 to 2018.

This team needs a strong run defense and the ability to rush the passer to have success.SnapIndy

The Colts’ run defense is third in rushing yards allowed with 83 per game, third in passing yards allowed with 206 per game and third in points allowed. With a No. 1 overall defense.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A.J. Brown got off the line and stuttered, throwing Kyle Fuller off. By the time the Chicago corner recovered, Tennessee’s top receiver was open.

But Brown looked back early, which slows any receiver down and Ryan Tannehill threw the ball too long.TannehillReachThrowKL

Photo: Kate Luffman/Tennessee Titans

The deep shot landed on the Nissan Stadium turf at about the Chicago 26-yard line.

Brown grimaced and hopped.

Tannehill hopped twice.

It would have been about a 35-yard gain where Brown might have caught it, and with his propensity to run away from people if it hit him in stride it might have been a 65-yard touchdown.

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