PHILADELPHIA – Four observations from the Tennessee Titans’ 35-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field:
Too much AJ Brown. Too much Philadelphia.
It wasn’t just AJ Brown who spanked the Titans on Sunday. That was pretty much everyone involved in the Eagles passing offense.
Rather than test a good defense against the Tennessee run, Philly opted – wisely – to rely heavily on the pass. The result was the Titans’ worst defense performance since Week 2 at Buffalo and, overall, another road game in which the Titans (7-5) were hopelessly outplayed by the excellent Eagles (11 -1).
Too often it was too easy for Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts and his receivers.
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Cornerback Kristian Fulton opened the game covering for Brown but came out with a groin injury. He suffered it on an easy 40-yard touchdown in which Brown simply ran over Fulton and went on for a wide-open score. Fulton’s absence put an outclassed rookie tandem of Roger McCreary and Tre Avery against Brown and former Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith. Not good for the Titans. Very good for the Eagles.
Hurts finished with 380 yards on 29 of 39 passes (268 yards in the first half alone), while Brown (119 yards on eight catches) and Smith (102 yards on five catches) each had big afternoons against a beaten defense. .
On Brown’s second touchdown, Avery was stepping into coverage, but Brown still managed a 29-yard touchdown, extending the lead to 28-10 while snuffing out any lingering Titans hopes.
Not much else to say: the Eagles offensive players were much better than the Titans in defense.
And these Titans aren’t going to win without their defense playing well, since…
The attack is still not very good
At this point, Attack on Titan is what it is – capable at times, but overall not very good.
Sunday featured many of the same troubling themes, especially up front. Once again, the Titans failed to roll Derrick Henry — the shifting schedule to December didn’t change that — and had six of their first eight offensive possessions on under 10 yards and a punt. . It’s not good enough against many NFL teams. It definitely wasn’t good enough against this Eagles team.
Philadelphia’s defensive front put a lot of pressure on Ryan Tannehill, who did much of his damage early by jostling with his covered receivers on the field. There just wasn’t much – again – to help this attack. Tannehill ended up being sacked six times and limping into the start of the second half. Malik Willis finished the match.
A pivotal moment?
With the Titans leading 14-7 in the second quarter and awaiting a third-and-one at the Eagles 8-yard line, left tackle Dennis Daley was flagged for a false start, then Tannehill was sacked on third-and-6, resulting in a field goal.
It was a killer of a streak, so much that I would call it pivotal. But hey, this game has never been closer. He has just walked away from the Titans after this stoppage in the red zone.
Kudos to Treylon Burks
After a week dominated by headlines over his predecessor Brown, Titans rookie receiver Treylon Burks had one of the most incredible catches you’ve ever seen for a 25-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Burks bravely held on to the ball after receiving a shot from Eagles safety Marcus Epps that earned him an unnecessary roughing penalty and knocked Burks out of the game.
Burks stood still for a scary few moments before walking off the field and into the locker room to be assessed for a concussion. He didn’t come back and the Titans offense certainly missed him.
Contact Tennessean sports columnist Gentry Estes at [email protected] and on Twitter @Gentry_Estes.
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