2 points per game. They have been very solid against the run, as was evident against Jacksonville where they held them to 60 yards on the ground and no runs were greater than 10 yards. In the secondary, however, they have had their issues. A large part starts up front where they have struggled getting to the quarterback.
6% (24th). They did hold Miami to 3-11 on 3rd down a week ago and the Titans are converting on 36. 8% (25th) of their 3rd downs. The run defense has been getting burned all season and prior to last week, they allowed opponents to rush over 100 yards in six straight games. Giving up over 200 twice in that span.
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The defense held Miami to 3-11 on 3rd down tries and got to the quarterback twice. Los Angeles has one of the more high-octane offenses when the receiving corps is healthy. They are scoring 22. 7 points per game and have scored at least 23 in three of their last four. The running game has struggled as the Chargers are near the bottom of the league in both rushes per game (22. 7) and yards per rush (3. 7). Considering Tennessee has been one of the better teams in the NFL against the rush, we shouldn't expect these numbers to have much improvement on Sunday. Given the poor rushing effectiveness of LA, Herbert has been dropping back near a league-high of 43.
5 points per game. Over the last three contests, the Titans are averaging just 16. As has been the script all season, we saw a heavy dose of Henry. The Titans are a top-five team in rush play percentage with 49. 5% of their plays being designed runs. Henry broke the century mark on the ground for the first time since week 9, which is encouraging for the Titans' offense. However, Henry now has three fumbles over the last three games, with two of those resulting in turnovers.
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Justin Herbert tossed 51 times for 367 yards. Herbert has thrown for at least 50 pass attempts three times this season. Let's dive in. Titans With 4 Turnovers In LossThrough the first quarter, this was shaping up to be a shootout. However, after scoring 14 in the first quarter, the Titans were held scoreless until the 4th. Ryan Tannehill threw 38 times for 254 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, and 1 fumble. Derrick Henry continued his rushing dominance gaining 121 yards on 17 rush attempts, good for 7. 1 yards per carry. Five Titans had at least five targets and tight end Austin Hooper led pass catchers with 68 yards on five catches. Nick Wesbrook-Ikhine was largely held in check by the Jacksonville defense, totaling 23 yards on three catches and one TD. The offensive line continued in it's woes as Tannehill was sacked four times and took nine hits in the pocket. The Titans' offense is coming into this game averaging 18.
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They are coming away with touchdowns on only 47. 9% of red zone opportunities. A large contributing factor to this has been the Chargers' inability to run. Ekeler leads the team in red zone targets with 21. Tennessee is about middle of the pack (14th) in opponent red zone scoring and Jacksonville went 2-4 on red zone conversions on the defense's last time out. Defensively the Chargers are allowing 25.
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Tannehill has done a good job being a game manager for this offense. And while the Titans are one of the bottom teams in pass attempt percentage, only Patrick Mahomes has more passes of 40+ yards through the air. The trouble has persisted with the pass protection we've seen from the Tennessee front seven.
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1 (28th) points per game. Since their bye week (week 8) the defense has only allowed over 25 points twice and is holding opposing teams to 22. 8 points per contest. A large part of that has been credited to their red zone defense, which is 9th in the NFL and holding teams to converting touchdowns inside the 20 to 52. 5%. What hasn't been as good is the defense getting off the field on 3rd down. LA is allowing teams to convert on 3rd down at a rate of 42.
3 times per game (2nd). The Chargers have found ways to keep versatile running back Austin Ekeler involved as he had at least six targets in four of the last five games. The threat of Ekeler catching passes out of the backfield has opened things up downfield as both Mike Williams and Allen combine for seven catches when the ball was thrown at least 30 yards downfield. Given the lack of pressure and potential injuries on the defensive line for the Titans, Herbert should stay comfortable in the pocket which will allow for plays to develop downfield. Inside the red zone is where the Chargers' offense has often stalled.
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