The Tennessee Titans lost to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, and Ryan Tannehill’s big day wasn’t enough to squeak out a win.
The Tennessee Titans quickly fell behind in their game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The Browns had one of the best first halves I’ve ever seen when both teams could be considered contenders for an AFC Championship.
Yesterday morning I said that the Titans’ defense will be on trial. The Browns present a unique test with their offense, and it would be up to the defense to shut the Browns offense down and allow the Titans’ offense to jump out to an early lead.
Unfortunately, the Titans’ defense did not show up in the first half. The Browns’ offense wreaked havoc on the Titans and absolutely dominated the first half. The Browns had six first-half drives, and after an opening drive field goal, the Browns went on to score five straight touchdowns to end the half.
That gave the Browns a 38-7 halftime lead. I knew the game wasn’t over at halftime, although it looked like it was about one Titans punt and another Browns touchdown from being out of reach.
The Titans had to pretty much shut out the Browns in the second half, and the Titans’ offense had to have one heck of a second half. The Titans did exactly that in the second half as the defense made the necessary halftime adjustments, and the offense started moving the ball.
Ryan Tannehill lead the Titans’ offense down the field to open the second half with a touchdown. The defense forced the Browns to punt, and Tannehill repeated with another Titans touchdown. This quickly cut the Browns 31 point lead to an 18 point lead.
The Titans’ next drive ended on a weird play that turned into an interception, which was followed by a Titans punt on their next drive. Failing to score on these to drives pretty much ended the Titans’ day looking back on it.
With that being said, Tannehill and the Titans could’ve mailed it in, but they didn’t. The Titans pushed for two more touchdowns at the end of the game to make it a six-point game but failing to recover the onside kick ended the Titans’ run for an amazing comeback.
Tannehill had an amazing second half after a lackluster first half. He finished the day with 389 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Derrick Henry, on the other hand, didn’t have a very good day. After some big weeks recently, he was expected to continue his dominance, but he failed to do so. On 15 carries, Henry finished the day with only 60 rushing yards and no touchdowns.
A combination of Henry unable to get going and Tannehill only completing short passes in the first half pretty much killed the Titans’ offense in the first half. Tannehill was able to turn things around in the second half, but Henry wasn’t.
Tannehill had a great second half where almost all of his passing yards came in the second half, but it wasn’t enough for the Titans to get the win. The Titans will move on to face the Jaguars next week at Noon on CBS.