This could be fun…
(Prefix: Apologies for the scattered thoughts this week, I am currently away from the UK in holiday staying with a guy who looks like Ray Winstone in Sexy Beast. Please find below my scattered ramblings on the Titan’s 33-27 slobber knocker against Seattle.)
Hope season has come early this year for Titans fans everywhere. This game was the first I have managed to watch live the whole way through and, I must say, the Titans look so much better than they have since the days of Jim Schwartz’s defense.
Last week, I mentioned that the secret to exotic smash mouth is to grind down the opponents and slowly pull away in the second half. But the Titans have taken this strategy to the extreme. Using a boxing analogy, this season, we focus on body shots in the first half to wear down the opposition, then wail on our opponents with a 2-by-4 in quarter 3.
In case you have not realized, I really enjoyed this game. In particular, the opening 6 minutes were a sight for sore eyes. Yes we punted on every possession, but so did Seattle. Watching Dick LeBeau’s defense go blow for blow with the Legion of Boom is something that seemed inconceivable only a couple of seasons ago. This Titans’ defense has a chance to be one of the elite units in the league in a few years.
The game changed when the Legion of Boom’s overaggressive nature backfired on them. It is hard trying to describe Seattle’s dominance on defense over the past 5 years to a non-football fan (those horrible hopeless folks). However, try to think of the house robots on Robot Wars. Every other team spends months of their lives sacrificing relationships and their freedom to become the best they can be…then you are put against a creature three times the size of you made out of pure evil. That is what going against Seattle must feel like.
Anyway, Richard Sherman went full Sir Killalot in this game, first with his triple penalty plan negating a Mariota interception, then deciding to try and decapitate number 8 as he ran to the sidelines. This completely changed the game; instead of folding like previous iterations of the Titans, this group stood up to the bully.
As with last week, our running backs stole the show. Jalston Fowler made the play of the game when he managed to block all 11 Seahawk defenders and the Republican Heath Care act on DeMarco Murray’s 75 yard touchdown run. Mariota had a fantastic game, our secondary were fantastic, and if it wasn’t for facing a contortionist quarterback, our pass rush could have had 10+ sacks.
We have one issue at the moment. This has happened for the past 3 weeks and could really derail us later in the year. Deep passes down the middle. Our defencs is stout enough against the run, can cover players in front of them, but seems to struggle against 15 – 25 yard seem routes. Remember, we are in a division with DeAndre Hopkins and T.Y. Hilton. This can burn us and I hope we can fix this soon.
Time is not on our side though. Next week is Lewan vs Watt. This season is going to be fun (at least way more fun than my Bengals-loving wife is having!)