By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans continue to find ways to win. This is a good trend no matter who the opponent is.

In a game that was void of many of each teams’ top players, this was a game that was determined by turnovers and defense.

Neither team could, or even really wanted to, run the football.

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The Titans’ leading rusher was D’Onta Foreman with 11 carries for 30 yards and a 2.7 yd average.

The Saints’ leading rusher was Mark Ingram with 14 carries for 47 yards and a 3.4 yd average.

The quarterbacks, Ryan Tannehill and Trevor Siemian, were average overall.

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PK111421BNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After the game wrapped, we talked with Mike Vrabel and a bunch of players and I wrote this lovely column, I fired up a broadcast from Nissan Stadium and chatted with many of you about the biggest news, developments and themes to come out of the Titans' eighth win of the season.

You too can watch the conversation, which is always a good one.

And if you'd like to be part of the next one, just head here.

We usually gather at the half of Monday and Thursday night games as well as after the Titans' game from the site.

You can rewatch on the private Facebook page here or head below the line.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’s a new version of the same thing every week for the Titans really, and it’d be a fun game for all of us covering it to write about it without using some form of the word resiliency in doing so.

Even Mike Vrabel busted on us for asking versions of the same questions, but when they are playing versions of the same game that’s how it works.

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These 8-2 Titans beat the Saints 23-21 thanks to a well-defended 2-point conversion try from the 7-yard line that could have pulled New Orleans even with 1:16 left. New Orleans was in need of the conversion because its kicker, Brian Johnson, earlier missed two PATs. They were at the 7 instead of the 2 because of a false start by Adam Trautman.

The good thing about the Titans is that they are smartly under no illusions about how good they are. The team that won Sunday probably wouldn’t have won a playoff game.

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Scouting preview: More pass-rush opportunity for Titans' front vs. Saints

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Saints will be a different matchup for the Titans this week than what they have faced over the past month.

The past five Tennessee opponents had established players in a defined system offensively and defensively.

The Saints are unpredictable because their personnel has become unpredictable due to injuries at key positions.

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No Jameis Winston,  Michael Thomas or Alvin Kamara due to injuries, and the retired Drew Brees is a distant memory.

But they do have a few consistent defensive playmakers in Cameron Jordan, Demario Davis and Marshon Lattimore

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When the Titans blew up the cornerback position in the offseason, their intention was to let 2020 second-rounder Kristian Fulton grow and surround him with fresh options.

As Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson left, Janoris Jenkins and Caleb Farley arrived.

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But during the team’s terrific month-long tear through four high-quality opponents, Jenkins, Farley and Fulton didn’t play one snap together. Fulton’s been out since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 5 and Farley suffered a season-ending ACL tear after 28 snaps a week later.

Like last season, the Titans had to piece together a patchwork secondary because of injuries. This time, the team has gotten far better results.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In a highly unpredictable league, teams often have a sameness to them.

Through nine games, the Tennessee Titans certainly do.

Yes, their identity has taken form and has been pretty consistent: A run-based offense, with successful play-action, now figuring things out without Derrick Henry; a burgeoning defense keyed around a front four generating regular pressure.

Ryan Tannehill

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But more than that, their resilience and adaptability are the things.

“We’re just a resilient bunch, that’s what we’ve been saying all year,” Kevin Byard said. “Some games, the offense doesn’t play very well and the defense has to hold it down and vice versa. It’s all about being a team. …The only stats that matter are 7-2.”

Mike Vrabel’s teams have shown those qualities before, for sure. But the adversity has reached new heights and the confidence and consistency of the response have been the best yet.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Quick-release quarterbacks have increased the value of interior pressure in recent years, and the Titans got a ton of it in Los Angeles, keying the win over the Rams.

Jeffery Simmons and Denico Autry stomped around Los Angeles’ backfield with regularity, causing all sorts of problems for Matthew Stafford, a quarterback right in the middle of many MVP conversations.

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Simmons dragged Stafford down three times in the first half, with four total hits and three tackles for a loss. Autry recorded 1.5 sacks a tackle for a loss and three QB hits while batting down two passes at the line.

They were the main forces of disruption in the first game where the Titans’ offense had to figure things out without Derrick Henry against another tough defense. Tennessee’s D, a laughingstock a year ago, put on a massive primetime performance.

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Scouting review: How Jeffery Simmons roughed up the Rams

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sometimes the best offense is a scoring defense.

In Los Angeles, the Titans created pressure, turnovers and disrupted the Rams and their normal flow offensive flow.

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The Titans’ defense won this game in a good example of a game plan that was executed by the performance of the players.

It all started with the defensive line and in particular the two defensive tackles, Jeffrey Simmons and Denico Autry.

Autry started the pressure, hurries and sacks and Simmons seemed to get into a rhythm with a mix of his bull rush and inside gap penetration. He also finished off a sack on a twist and stunt inside.

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