Scout's take: Details on how the Titans forced Russell Wilson into troubles

Scout's take: Details on how the Titans forced Russell Wilson into troubles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- How did the Titans win this game without a running game and multiple starters out?

The Titans didn’t win time of possession, the Broncos had 34 minutes to the Titans 26. The Broncos ran for 65 yards to the Titans' 63. The Broncos had 248 yards passing to the Titans' 244

Russell Wilson sacked

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The Titans did have more penalties (nine) to the Broncos (eight).

So how did they do it?

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PK TV: Rewatch our discussion of what the Titans did to Denver

Screen Shot 2022 11 13 at 6.04.29 PMNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans boosted their record to 6-3, but once again we were left to discuss a lot of concerns that cropped up amid a win. 

The passing offense showed life and the pass rush was solid even without Jeffery Simmons and Bud Dupree in the 17-10 win over Denver. The Titans found a way to beat an inferior team without several of their best people, and without a lot from their centerpiece in Derrick Henry.

But they dropped a lot of balls on offense and defense too, they couldn't stay out of the neutral zone on defense and they really couldn't do much on offense in the first half. (So at least that means they did some things in the second half, which is a lot different than the norm, right?)

Many of you joined me to talk about the game from the Nissan Stadium press box. You can watch by heading to the private Facebook page or heading below.

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Thinned-out defense not an issue for Titans in fighting off Broncos

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On his way into the locker room after warmups, as the field goal team lined up for its customary final practice try, Ryan Tannehill pantomimed a kick alongside it before heading inside.

On an afternoon when the Titans were without five defensive starters and lost another key guy along the way in his first game of the season, it didn’t come to the quarterback kicking field goals for Randy Bulluck, who hurt himself before the game. Tannehill said the one time he tried a kick as a college freshman he drilled the left guard in the back of the head.

Rashad Weaver

Rashad Weaver hits Russell Wilson/ Photo by Angie Flatt

But a lot sure went wrong for the Titans, who nevertheless found a way to win another one. This time it was a 17-10 home win over the offensively inept Denver Broncos that lifted Tennessee’s record to 6-3.

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Mailbag: All the best answers to all your best Titans' questions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Greetings and happy football weekend. 

I hope you'll listen to this week's podcast before the game. You'll find directions to it right here.


Thanks to all of you who sent questions my way. Feel free to fire them off at any time via Twitter or Facebook.

Now onto your best material.

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Podcast: The Titans' personnel deployment, defensive injuries and failure to scheme people open

PodcastArtNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A new podcast episode awaits you and you can find it on Apple, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.

Whichever platform you prefer, please subscribe, rate and review.

Subjects I delve into:

  • How the Titans are judging and deploying personnel.
  • The depth of defensive injuries.
  • The concept of scheming people open
  • More stuff Derrick Henry is on the verge of and what he said about getting caught from behind.
  • Running on second-and-10 after throwing incomplete.
  • Stats you need to know
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Scout's take: Why the Broncos are a good matchup for the Titans

Scout's take: Why the Broncos are a good matchup for the Titans

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Broncos are one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL in 2022. They rank at the bottom of the NFL with the Raiders and Colts as teams that have talent but haven’t produced in the win column.

The trade for Russell Wilson was supposed to add stability to the Broncos' quarterback position and to utilize the talent at the receiver position.

Ryan Tannehill

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Jerry Jeudy and Cortland Sutton, are two talented NFL wide receivers who can be difficult matchups.

The Broncos lost second-year running back Javonte Williams, left tackle Garett Bolles, starting center Lloyd Cushenberry, pass rusher Randy Gregory, receiver Tim Patrick and cornerback Ronald Darby to injuries but the team’s poor start has been about more than those losses.

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Dylan Cole may be the most improved player on the Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Not long after the street speed limit monitor went into place in his Scottsdale, Ariz, neighborhood in 2020, it became clear to Dylan Cole what he had to do: Race against it.

Dylan Cole

Pool photo/ Donald Page, Tennessee Titans

“It took me a long time to figure out how to get that thing to work,” he said. “I’m next to a school out there. I saw it and I’ve always wanted to run on one of those, I thought I could hit 22 miles an hour.

"But it was about 26 reps before I even got the thing to work. It took a while before it was able to pick me up. I’m not a car. You have to start a little slower so It can sort of gauge you.”

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Soccer possible at new Titans' stadium, maybe even with grass

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans' new enclosed stadium which could open as soon as 2026 will have a field big enough for soccer matches and come with a long-term vision for installing dirt and grass to host even the world’s biggest matches.

That’s too late to help Nashville for the 2026 World Cup, which passed on Nashville as a venue.


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U.S. Soccer doesn’t play much on artificial turf, but it can.

“We would always consider playing matches in a new venue," said Neil Buethe, its chief communications officer. “We’d obviously want to do our own site visit, and prefer to play on natural grass.” [Unlocked]

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