Jason Wolf and Joe Rexrode break down how the Titans did simply sufficient (and never a lot else) to seize a house win towards Baltimore.
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Titans defensive sort out Jurrell Casey (99) celebrates his sack of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throughout the first half at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn.(Photo: George Walker IV /

The finest and worst from the Titans’ 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.


BYARD THE BARON: Make it 5 picks in two weeks and 6 on the season for breakout star Kevin Byard, who was a stable participant as a rookie security out of MTSU final season and is rather more than that now. Byard’s first choose Sunday got here courtesy of a powerful downfield response from teammate Logan Ryan, who tipped the ball into the air for Byard to snag. But on the second, Byard merely had nice protection on tight finish Benjamin Watson, and he elevated to make a tricky catch on Joe Flacco’s ill-advised cross.


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ADOREE’ ON THE GROUND: We’ve been questioning whether or not the rookie cornerback may get a cameo on offense, and it got here on the Titans’ first possession of the sport. He lined up within the backfield as a part of a two-back look and took a Marcus Mariota handoff for a 20-yard acquire. More, please.

FLACCO ON HIS BACK-O: The Titans’ cross rush took a step ahead after a sluggish begin, together with some pocket collapsing whereas using simply three rushers. Jurrell Casey was the primary supply of disruption and had a sack, whereas Karl Klug and Derrick Morgan cut up one. The numbers say two sacks and three quarterback hits, nevertheless it seemed higher than that.

RETURN OF THE ROOKIE: Receiver Corey Davis could have higher days than his two-catch, 28-yard outing. But he performed a lot of the sport and seemed good working round, and his 23-yard acquire on a pleasant fade from Mariota was fairly.


Titans security Kevin Byard leads the NFL in interceptions after the 23-20 win towards Baltimore.
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THE RED ZONE: The Titans acquired contained in the Ravens’ 20 3 times and scored touchdowns all 3 times. That has been some extent of emphasis and it counts as a constructive response.

MARIOTA’S BOUNCE-BACK: After his fourth-quarter interception resulting in a Ravens landing, Mariota stayed calm and led a nine-play, 75-yard drive for a landing to primarily put the sport away. He was in command and capped it with an improvised scoring toss to receiver Eric Decker.


EVERYTHING ELSE ON THE GROUND: Take away Jackson’s 20-yard carry and the Titans had 20 carries for 51 yards. That’s gross. And towards what has been one of many league’s worst rush defenses this season. DeMarco Murray had 19 yards on 9 carries and Derrick Henry had eight makes an attempt for 26 yards and a landing.

THE MARIOTA PICK: He sailed one on the lookout for receiver Rishard Matthews on a deep out, and that’s not the form of play you need to make with a 10-point lead within the fourth quarter towards a crew struggling to attain. The Ravens capitalized with a 42-yard drive for his or her first landing.

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