The Tennessee Titans
clashed with the Green Bay Packers in a match that can be described as anticlimactic. This match is capable of determining the odds for Titans next season. What started as an impeccable game opening for the preseason turned out to be less than satisfactory at the end for the Titans. It was looking all good in the beginning as Marcus Mariota led the spur for the team making some pretty precise moves.
Darius Jennings was on the other end of the great drive that led to the first touchdown. This drive was, however, the only highlight for the team as things started changing with the exit of Mariota.
There were many mistakes made but some of the most notable include the many missed throws. The players also became overly aggressive and completely out of touch with the game. This cost them a lot as the Packers gained many penalties that could have been avoided.
The Titans also suffered as a result of the new helmet rule. One of the many instances when this happened was when Robert Spillane initiated the illegal contact. It is clear that most players are yet to get accustomed to the new rule. This is why the Titans must change the tactics though as all the fourteen illegalities committed could have been avoided.
From the onset, the Titans defense was overwhelmed by the attacks from the Packers. Most of the players in the defense were demotivated after the receivers from the opposing kept making successful inroads. Malcolm Butler was clearly frustrated by the successes of the opponents.
Nevertheless, some great plays were witnessed as Cornerback LeShaun Sims shone at various instances during the game. The various tackles and pass breakups that he made during the game were instrumental in giving the Titans hope.
The excitement was not only on one end of the defense though, a couple of pass rushers also had their moments during the game. Both Sharif Finch and Harold Landry registered sacks that proved their ingenuity. There was also a QB hit from Gimel President, who is yet to secure a solid spot in the team. He is currently in the same situation as Finch. Landry though has already secured a place in the team.
Another player that shone was Akrum Wadley who was doing great work as the running back. As the race to the final roster intensifies, it will be interesting to see who among the young pass rushers will make the team.
The Titans have been on a quest to determine which receivers will make the team. The game against the Packers was clearly not enough to enable conclusive decisions to be made. Most of the players were adequately impressive throughout the game.
Ultimately, the game was basically bland and without any vigor. The Titans might not be concerned by the results but the game was definitely an eye-opener for coach Mike Vrabel. It was clear from his statements before the game that he was focused on showing the skill that the team has. Since that did not happen though, it seems that his work has been cut out. The team will need to be keen on correcting the mistakes when they return to exercise the coming week.