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Tennessee Titans Three-and-Out: Week 10 vs. Packers


Photo Credit:: Donn Jones / Associated Press

First Down

Did anyone expect this? I know I didn’t, especially after the debacle last week against the San Diego Chargers. The Tennessee Titans came out from the start and dominated the Green Bay Packers in every facet of the game. This team is clearly improved from a year ago, and the biggest difference to me is they are playing with confidence. There is clearly a culture change happening before our eyes in Tennessee, and head coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Jon Robinson deserve all of the credit.

 

Second Down

Keep calm and Mariota on. After every game he commits a turnover(s), pockets of the two-tone fan base scream for the head of Marcus Mariota. It is his second season as a professional quarterback. There are going to be learning curves. Try to avoid jumping off a cliff each time he loses a fumble or throws a pick.

Games like he had against Green Bay (19-of-26 for 295 yards and 4 touchdowns) are examples of the bright future this kid has once he puts it all together. There were several tough throws completed — particularly early in the game on timing routes — where Mariota made it look nearly effortless as he hit his receiver in stride for a big play or first down to keep the momentum building after DeMarco Murray’s opening score. The more Mariota keeps maturing and progressing, the better chance the Titans have of making it to the postseason.

 

Third Down                                 

I praised Robinson earlier for his help in the culture change, but I would like to say he did a miraculous job in his first offseason as the team’s general manager. Adding center Ben Jones, wide receiver Rishard Matthews, drafting right tackle Jack Conklin and trading for Murray are just a few moves which have paid off in full. This team is filled to the brim with talent at several key positions, and with a pair of first-round draft picks next season, Robinson has a chance to turn this team into a winning franchise in the next few seasons.

 

Final Thought

This is a Titans team the fans can be proud of — plain and simple. This game is usually one the Titans end up on the other side of the decision. Regardless of the Packers’ 4-4 record coming into the game, they had a potent offense led by a veteran quarterback more than capable to wreak havoc on the Titans all afternoon long.

However, it was Tennessee which came out and delivered the first knockdown punch. And much to my surprise, unlike in years past, the Titans played to win once they got the lead, they didn’t play not to lose. Mularkey and offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie stayed aggressive and it turned into the statement win the team was looking for. I will continue to say it — great things are on the horizon for this football team.

 


Lucas Davis is a Tennessee Titans Analyst for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @LDsportswriter You can also follow the SPOT’s Tennessee Titans Twitter feed at @spot_titans and LIKE the SPOT's Tennessee Titans Facebook page here.


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