At the end of the day, a win is a win no matter how ugly it was. Even though the Titans did not play nowhere near their best game on Monday night, they escaped the Mile High City 1-0. The Tennessee Titans beat the Denver Broncos 16-14 on a game-winning kick from Stephen Gostkowski, who missed three field goals and an extra point for the night.
Tannehill continues to find ways to win: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill finished the night going 29-for-43 with 249 yards and two touchdowns. Though it was not a flashy night for Tannehill, he still found a way to lead his team on a game-winning drive. With 3:05 left in the fourth quarter and starting on their own 10-yard line, Tannehill drove his team down to the Bronco 7 where Gostkowski made the game-winning kick. Tannehill went 5-for-7 for 61 yards on that drive alone.
Has WR Corey Davis finally arrived? Davis caught seven passes for 101 yards against the Broncos, leading the Titans in both catches and yards. Davis and Tannehill seemed to be in sync on third downs as Tannehill hit Davis on multiple key conversions to keep drives going. This is something that Titans fans have been wanting to see since the Titans took Davis fifth overall in the 2017 NFL draft.
The defense got stops when it mattered: Without starting cornerback Adoree Jackson and starting linebacker Rashaan Evans, the Titans defense still played at a high level. The Titans only gave up 323 yards to the Broncos. The defensive line stood out even without recording a sack. Jadeveon Clowney, Jeffery Simmons, and Harold Landry kept pressure on quarterback Drew Lock all night. Kevin Byard and Kenny Vaccaro were also a force as Byard led the team in tackles with nine. The Titans also had a goal-line stand that kept the Broncos from getting any points.
Kicking: Gostkowski missed three field goals and an extra point for the night. He did make up for it by nailing the game-winning, 25-yard field goal.
Evans ejected: On the first defensive series for the Titans, Evans was ejected after throwing a punch to the face to Broncos tight end Jake Butt. Head coach Mike Vrabel stated after the game, “We have to make great decisions. You hurt the team and I think he’ll learn from it.”
“I overreacted, and I have to make up for it moving forward,” said Evans.
The Titans will take on the 1-0 Jacksonville Jaguars in Nashville on Sunday at noon.