Titans vs. Jaguars: 5 Things We Learned About the Titans
This was a defensive battle for two teams who were expected to be powerful run offenses in the league. The low-scoring game is a good outcome for both teams.
There are a few things we learned from this matchup; however, since it was a Week 1 matchup with two teams who are almost completely new, it will be hard to tell how good each team is until a few games later.
Here are the five things we have learned so far.
1. Chris Johnson Is a Little Rusty
While Maurice Jones-Drew was in his normal form, Chris Johnson only rushed for 25 yards in the season opener.
This stat may be a little skewed, as Johnson only got nine carries; however, the 2.8 yards per carry is not encouraging for Titans fans. The good news is Johnson usually gets 20-25 carriers a game and will eventually break the big play.
2. Matt Hasselbeck Was a Great Pickup This Offseason
When Matt Hasselbeck was picked up, many Titans fans called for Jake Locker to start ahead of Hasselbeck.
However, this game showed that Hasselbeck was a great addition to the Titans' offense. He was 21 of 34 for 263 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, which was a last-second effort to try and win the game.
Hasselbeck had the Titans in a chance to win, and that is the most important factor of a quarterback who is giving your team the best chance to win.
3. The Titans' Defense Will Be Good This Year
While the Jaguars seemed to move the ball effortlessly against the Titans' defense at times, the defense never seemed to completely break.
The big guys up front were able to stop Jones-Drew on multiple attempts from the one-yard line. They did it again on a 3rd-and-1 later in the game to force a punt.
The defensive backs played very well also. At one point in the game, Jason McCourty had a chance at an interception in the red zone. Had he pulled that off, the Jaguars would have had one less field goal and the Titans may have won this game.
4. Kenny Britt Is the Go-to Guy in Tennessee
Kenny Britt's five receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns will surely make him among the leading wide receivers in the league stat-wise after Week 1.
While the 80-yard touchdown will be considered by many as a "fluke," it was his hand-eye coordination and his ability to make a play out of nothing that was impressive.
The main reason he is the go-to guy, however, is because on 3rd-and-goal from the two-yard line, instead of power running up the middle, the Titans elected to throw a fade route to Britt, who didn't fail to impress.
5. Marc Mariani Is Not Going to Be as Useful for the Titans
Across the league on opening day, touchbacks happened for 54 percent of kickoffs.
Marc Mariani was a huge factor in the return game last year, but since he was not able to return any kickoffs this week, he was not effective at all.
This hurts the Titans, as his kickoff return average last year was one of the best in the league.