The were walloped in their period opener, falling 38-13 to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at Nissan Arena.

Below are five things we discovered from the’ loss:

Method matters

The Titans’ crime found some life midway with the 2nd quarter and begin of the third period, racking up two touchdowns in 3 drives. The total production was bad, with the Titans’ high-powered offense revealing corrosion as well as looking out of sync.Entering Sunday, much was made regarding the l over the summertime. Pass receiver Julio Jones, that authorized with the franchise in the offseason, missed out on 3 straight weeks. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a nine-day stint on the Reserve/COVID -19 listing. The starting offending line had just a couple of methods together. Pass receiver A.J. Brown frequented and out of practices.Turns out, that lack of time with each other was a large deal. Tannehill had three turnovers

— an interception and 2 fumbles– consisting of 2 on back-to-back drives in the 3rd quarter when the crime required to be perfect to organize a resurgence. The offensive line can not block Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones, that had two forced fumbles and also 5 sacks, including 3 in the initial quarter. Tannehill was sacked six times. The Titans, that were No. 4 in the NFL last season in racking up, created just two touchdowns. New-look protection has job to do The Titans’ defense showed favorable strides in

the preseason, ranking No. 1 in backyards permitted and holding opponents under 20% on third down.

Titans trains and also defenders talked

all summer of the self-confidence and also swagger the new-look defense had. None of that mattered against the Cardinals. The 38 factors the Titans surrendered tied for the second-most in your home in the Mike Vrabel era, which started in 2018.

And also the Cardinals converted on essential third downs, the

Titans ‘Achilles heel last season. Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray gotten in touch with receiver Christian Kirk for 2 touchdowns on third down in what was a back-breaking third quarter for the Titans. A play in the second quarter enveloped Tennessee’s struggles with Murray: With 6:39 left in the period, with the Cardinals dealing with a third-and-long from their very own 25, Murray was clambering with nowhere to go. The Titans showed up to have him corralled deep in the backfield. The shifty quarterback conserved the play for Arizona, making a number of Titans defenders miss out on by reversing area behind the line of skirmish, backpedaling and also tossing an excellent pass to receiver Rondale Moore for 18 backyards. Murray capped that drive with a touchdown, taking it himself off a nude bootleg. He increased the ball into the air after presenting, recognizing he would get involved in the end zone unbothered. That summed up the Cardinals

‘offense on Sunday: unbothered. Titans still have kicking issues Twist Michael Badgley, that was authorized to the energetic lineup after Sam Ficken was, battled in his launching. He missed an area goal

and also an additional point in the initial half. The Titans showed up to have their kicking concerns of the last two seasons found out with the method Ficken carried out in the summer, but Ficken is now out a minimum of three weeks on IR with a groin injury. Run game was level Titans star running back Derrick Henry had a couple of

big runs late in the 2nd half, yet the game was long over by that point. Henry, after hurrying for 2,000 lawns last period, was held to 58 yards on 17 carries.The Titans’run video game, the strength of the offense, was

provided inefficient like the rest of the unit. Suspicious training choice Dealing with a fourth-and-1 at the 28-yard line in the closing seconds of the initial fifty percent, the Titans chose for a basket, which Badgley missed.

The Titans would’ve gained from an aggressive decision to go all out. They were routing 24-6 and needed momentum

getting in the second fifty percent. After the missed kick, the boos rained down from the Nissan Stadium crowd. Up next The Titans take a trip to Seattle to deal with the Seahawks. Kickoff is arranged for 3:25 p.m. CT Sunday at Lumen Field.Ben Arthur covers the Tennessee Titans for The UNITED STATES TODAY Network. Get in touch with him at and follow him on Twitter at

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