The Tennessee Titans suffered its second-straight loss after the Cincinnati Bengals dominated the Titans on Sunday.
The Tennessee Titans defense continues its struggles, and the third-down defense especially put the Titans in a tough position to beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Bengals earned its second win of the season as Joe Burrow led the Bengals to a 31-20 victory over the Titans.
If Ryan Tannehill didn’t throw an interception in the Titans’ first drive of the game and if Stephen Gostkowski would’ve made the field goal he missed, then the Titans go into halftime tied with the Bengals and who knows what happens in the second half. I think that the Titans are a lot more talented than the Bengals, so they probably would’ve won the game.
The Titans’ loss can’t be blamed on first-half miscues alone. The defense for the Titans was atrocious. Third-down defense is another low light as the defense continues to struggle getting off the field and the Bengals took full advantage of that.
Burrow was able to lead the Bengals to long drives that lead to touchdowns, not punts or field goals, which was a big reason the Bengals won. The Bengals opened the game with a field goal but the other four scoring drives to follow were all touchdowns.
If Mike Vrabel wants to get this team back on track, then he’s going to have to figure out how to get the defense off the field on third down. Earlier this week, I pointed out how the Titans’ third down defense is the worst in the league in the past 30 years, and that didn’t change on Sunday.
Two weeks ago, the Titans were 5-0 and fans were feeling good about their chances at making a run to a Super Bowl. Now, the Titans are 5-2 and could spiral to a record much worse than that if things aren’t figured out on defense.