2 Offensive Keys to Success For the Titans Against The Colts

By TreJeanWatkins November 12, 2020 0 Comment
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Here’s 2 offensive keys to success for the Titans to focus on accomplishing against the Colts during tonight’s game.

The Tennessee Titans‘ offense has been on a bit of a cold streak recently. After averaging more than 30 points a game during their first five games of the year, that number has dipped to just under 23 points per game over the last three games.

Uncharacteristic mistakes, sloppiness, and matchups against good defenses have been the leading causes for the recent offensive cool down. We’re only in week 10, and this offense is still dangerous enough to cause a lot of problems, so it’s way too early to be concerned about these recent struggles.

But these sort of problems have to be dealt with quickly. Just so any remnants of these issues won’t linger behind, as we approach December.

This offense won’t get an easy matchup to work through their problems tonight either. With the Indianapolis Colts and their stingy defense coming to town, every snap will feel like an exhausting battle.

It won’t be easy to get anything going against the Colts and their physical defense. But it’s definitely possible if the offense follows these two keys to success.

1. Dominate The Battle In The Trenches.

Being physical and winning the battle up front is the main thing Arthur Smith wants his offense to do. There’s just one problem, the Colts have done a very good job at halting their opponents in the trenches, and physically manhandling opposing offenses.

Indianapolis comes into tonight’s game ranking third in rushing defense, holding opponents to only 83.6 yards per game. Darius Leonard has a lot to do with that number being so low, as his intelligence and physical play in the run game can really make life a nightmare for offensive coordinators.

It’s not just Leonard who’s wreaking havoc in the run game either. DeForest Buckner has looked great during his first year in Indy, and has seemingly fit in nicely on the evolving Colts’ defensive line.

Both of these elite players at their respective positions will have a tough task ahead of them tonight.

It’s a task defenses have keyed on accomplishing all year long, and it’s one most defenses have paid the price to do so. That is, to stop Derrick Henry from completely taking over a football game.

Henry remains as one of the league’s most dangerous home run hitters at the running back position, which is still crazy to say considering his defensive end like build.

However, the Bears and Steelers, both who possess good rankings against the run, succeeded in stopping Henry dead in his tracks in the past 3 weeks.

Henry combined for 168 rushing yards against Chicago and Pittsburgh. Which doesn’t bode well for Henry’s chances to blow up the rushing stat line against a similar stingy run defense in Indianapolis.

If this Titans ground game can get going though, it’ll open up a world of opportunities for their passing game, which is still very much top notch.

2. Keep Ryan Tannehill Upright

With Taylor Lewan in the lineup, this Titans offensive line enjoyed a rather clean first 3-4 weeks of the season. Ryan Tannehill was only sacked three times while Lewan was available, and pressure was kept to a minimum in pass protection.

However, without Lewan, the Titans have struggled to keep Tannehill off the ground.

With Lewan sidelined, the Titans have given up seven sacks, far more than the total given up with Lewan in the lineup.

It’s a problem that has to be cleaned up big time moving forward and especially tonight, since the Colts come into tonight’s averaging 2.5 sacks per game, good for 11th in the league.

DeForest Bucker and Denico Autry headline an interior defensive line that can really cause problems. Add in Justin Houston off the edge, and it’s easy to see why this Colts defense does a great job at getting to the quarterback.

It won’t be easy, but this Titans offensive line has to keep Tannehill off the ground. If they cannot, it could be a long night for this Titans offense.

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