Once again the Tennessee Titans players and coaches head into a new week of practice having hd to answer the same questions for yet another week. What went wrong and what must be done to change things.
The Oakland Raiders were the latest visitors to take advantage of the Titans hospitality by coming from behind in the final four minutes of Sunday's game to defeat the Titans 24-21 and leave them heartbroken and disappointed.
There were some positives for the Titans, but not nearly enough to gain a win in a game that they were in until the end.
Our grade for the latest loss are here.
RUSHING OFFENSE- F
The Titans rushing offense was almost non-existant, as the team managed just 44 yards rushing on 18 attempts. Antonio Andrews lead the Titans rushing attack-if you can call it that against a team that allowed 117.5 yards per game entering Sunday. The Titans inability to run the football made life tougher on the passing game and while it did not cause the loss alone, it was a key factor in the defense facing 68 offensive plays from the visitors.
PASSING OFFENSE- C
Marcus Mariota struggled in the first half and his 45.9 completion percentage was the lowest of his rookie season by almost 11 points. For the game Mariota finished the game just 17 of 37 for 218 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. His quarterback rating for the day was 69.4.
RUSHING DEFENSE- A
The Titans defense had yet another soild effort against the Raiders run game, holding them to a combined 84 yards on 30 attempts, for a 2.8 yard per carry average. That's winning football in that aspect of the game.
PASSING DEFENSE- F
This one might be a little tough considering the Titans held the Raiders to jsut 24 points on the game and got off the field in several key situations, but when the game was on the line they failed to win it- of course the controversial penalty on B.W. Webb can be listed among the major causes for the loss- but still the pass defense had a change to make one more play to win and could not. Derek Carr had his way with them to the tune of 24 of 37 for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns with a QB rating of 120.3.
SPECIAL TEAMS- B
Tre McBride earned his place on the roster with a solid special team performance, returning his only kickoff opportunity of the game for 31 yards. He also caused a fumble and drew a penalty on another punt coverage. Brett Kern punted six times for a 47.8 yard average. The lone negative was the protection break down on Ryan Succop's first extra point that was blocked.
The gameplan was questionable in some areas along with the play-calling on offense, but it kept the team close enough to lead late and have a chance to win in spite of the things that went wrong.