The Tennessee Titans fell to the New England Patriots on Sunday, 33-16. It was their eleventh loss of the season against just three wins, but the Titans managed to play well enough to keep the game respectable even when so many things didn't go right.
Here are our eekly grades, and they are much better than last week.
RUSHING OFFENSE- D
It's not much of an improvement from last week, but then anything is better than last week. The team managed to rush for just 59 yards with Antonio Andrews garnering the bulk of the carries and yards (14 for 45) in the game.
PASSING OFFENSE- B+
Marcus Mariota struggled mightily, completing just 3 of 6 poasses before being injured, but Zach Mettenberger played well in his absence. For the game, Mettenberger finsied 20 of 28 for 242 yards and two touchdowns. He also tossed two picks which hurt, but it was a solid effort none the less.
RUSHING DEFENSE- B
The Titans held the Patiots to jsut 98 yards on the gournd, thoungh the Pats are not a prolific rushing team.
PASSING DEFENSE- B
Tom Brady was Tom Brady as he was efficient and used multiple receivers to spread the ball around and to keep drives going. Brady finished 23 of 35 for 267 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
SPECIAL TEAMS- B
The special teams grade is high because of the strip fumble by Phillip Supernaw that was recovered by Tre McBride. Otherwise they were solid as Brett Kern continued to punt at a Pro-Bowl level and only a Ryan Succop issed extra point brought down the grade this week.
The coaching gets an A+ for the lone fact that interim head coach Mike Mularkey made the sensible decision to take Mariota out of the game with the injury and not allow him t return and risk further injury. The game plan was not bad and the offense took some shots downfield and made some things happen though they came up short.