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What a dull game… I mean, it get it…9-6 final score was probably my first clue, but this wasn’t a heavyweight title fight with two teams going to war and punching each other silly. It was more like Jacksonville was half-asleep…coming off the impressive win over New England and thinking they’d roll then Titans. They kept muddling along looking like they’d pull it out in the end…and then time ran out.
The Titans tried harder but were really not as talented, per se…they just played with more urgency, caught a few breaks, and slipped in the backdoor for a victory. I was not impressed with either team here and it’s hard to judge them because this was such a yawner game. Not a lot of great performances or hot trends I saw, per se. A few things to note…
Fantasy Player Notes:
-- I’m really mad at this game…at Corey Grant (6-11-0, 1-0-0/2), who essentially started and was given every opportunity to seize ‘the job’ as guy behind Leonard Fournette, and Grant did little with it. He didn’t fail or whatever. It’s just the Jags were listless. The Titans have a better defense than given credit. And missing LT Cam Robinson for the year is a huge problem…and I wonder how Fournette will do without him.
Grant only got a few carries/series as ‘the guy’ (kinda/sorta) and he didn’t pop one, so in came T.J. Yeldon (7-44-0, 6-46-0/7), who looked mad about the snub and ran with more fire/effectiveness and just stayed around late as the Jags tried to win it.
Grant had his chance at more work/the lead, he didn’t capitalize on it…but at least he got a chance. That’s progress.
-- Keelan Cole (5-40-0/9) got the first target in this game, and I could tell as I re-watched this – he was the guy getting targets with a purpose. He had 9 targets, and the other three Jags’ WRs in the game combined for 8 targets. So, yeah…Cole is ‘the guy’, but Blake Bortles (21-34 for 155 yards, 0 TD/0 INT) was so pathetic that there was nothing good to get for fantasy for Cole – that’s the Cole dilemma. Talented and ‘the guy’, but this passing game is normally weak.
The Jags’ Week 2 pop throwing all over the Pats was just a random lucky event…or the Patriots really suck (which I’m starting to wonder…).
-- Dion Lewis (9-26-0, 3-14-0/3) in his last two games: 11.5 carries for 34.0 yards (2.96 ypc) and 2.0 rec. (2.0 targets), 7.5 yards receiving per game. That’s not because Derrick Henry (18-57-0, 0-0-0/1) has seized the day…it’s just Lewis is not being used in any radical way.
When Mike Vrabel gets a lead, he’s going to pound it with Henry. When behind, late, Lewis will get more targets. Lewis is moving into overrated territory/an issue.
-- Taywan Taylor (4-30-0/5) led all Titans’ WRs with 5 targets. He played the seconds most snaps of any Titans WR. He didn’t start, but he finished. He’s been the best-looking WR they have since the preseason. The Titans are finally recognizing that.
Rishard Matthews (1-3-0/2) is dying. I think he’s been ‘paid’ and not giving 110% + he has had a foot thing since the preseason. The window is opening for Taywan Taylor to be a WR2.5-3.0 ahead.
-- 2nd-year LB Jayron Brown (7 tackles, 1 TFL) played 67% of the snaps at LB. Rookie LB Rashaan Evans (1 tackle) logged 18 snaps. Brown’s best numbers this year. Evans was thought to be ‘the guy’, maybe ‘not so fast’.
-- The Titans-DST…
#12 defense by yards allowed
#4 by points allowed
#10 in sacks.
All on a weaker/easy schedule, of sorts.
Allowed 27 points Week 1 in a loss to Miami, allowing a KR TD…so allowed 20 ‘real’ points.
Held Houston to 17 in Week 2.
Held Jacksonville to two FGs/6pts, after they smoked the Pats the week prior.
Face Wentz/Philly this week, but then Bills-Ravens Weeks 5-6 if you want to play ahead. I’ve said it a few times after Sunday’ games – The Computer was showing me there was something to the Tennessee defense all the way back to the preseason, but I was reluctant to believe it. Not that it’s great/arrived but that it was better than ‘ignore’.
They had a few defensive injuries Week 1, some carried over to Week 2, but they are getting healthy on top of everything else. Two solid CBs. Harold Landry added as a pass rusher. They have some players.
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Snap Counts of Interest…
53 = Cole
48 = Moncrief
39 = Westbrook
11 = Chark
38 = Yeldon
20 = Co. Grant
52 = Corey Davis
32 = Taywan Taylor
31 = Rishard Matthews
24 = Tajae Sharpe
32 = Henry
30 = Lewis
38 = Jayron Brown
27 = H Landry
23 = Adoree Jackson
19 = Taven Bryan