It was reasonable to believe that the 6-2 Titans would struggle on Sunday Night Football against the Rams. They are without all-world running back Derrick Henry for the rest of the season, and their first game without him is on the road against Aaron Donald.
As expected, the offense did struggle. They accumulated 194 yards of total offense. This once great rushing attack that attempted to replace Henry with Adrian Peterson, D’Onta Foreman, and Jeremy McNichols gained 69 total yards on the ground.
Fortunately for the Titans, they could’ve left their offense in Nashville and still won this game. They came into it with the 20th-ranked defense per Football Outsiders, but if this was the only game you saw the Titans play this year, you would’ve sworn it was the ’85 Bears or 2000 Ravens playing at SoFi Stadium. The Rams were shredded by the Titans’ stunting and blitzing defense. They committed 12 penalties for 115 yards and quarterback Matt Stafford, who at 33 years old is having the best year of his career, was not comfortable at any point in the game.
Almost right on cue as Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were singing his praises in the second quarter, Stafford gets pressured up the middle near his own goal line and throws an interception. The Titans scored on the Rams’ very next play. Stafford also threw a pick-six in this one, and the game was over in the second quarter.
This is the Titans’ fifth consecutive victory and over the last three weeks, this defense has begun to look strong. If they can keep delivering timely turnovers, Tannehill and whoever is running the football simply needs to keep the ball in their hands for four quarters.