The Titans and Ravens both played on Saturday this week (I always like it when both teams play on the same day).
How did each team do this week?
Tennessee Titans (1-1)
The Titans took on the Carolina Panthers and the wheels on the bus came off and the Titans lost 26 to 16. The Titans running game that racked up over 280 yards of rushing last week did not look as good this week as they only gained 96 yards. Murray had 20 yards and Henry had 31 yards. The passing game was a little better as Mariota completed 9 of 10 passes for 104 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT (so all of his passes were caught by someone). The defense did not look good at all when Cam Newton was on the field as he lit up the Titans for 162 yards and 1 TD on 12 passes. The trend for the Titans this year might be a good game and then a bad game. Hopefully they can figure this defense out by the start of the regular season or it might be another long season for the Titans.
Baltimore Ravens (2-0)
The Ravens won preseason game number two knocking off the Colts 19 to 18. Still no Joe Flacco in this one so Mallett gets the start again. Mallett completed 6 of 8 for 47 yards and 1 TD. The running game was pretty weak with Forsett getting 5 carries for 11 yards. West carried the ball the most getting 9 carries but only racked up 33 yards. No one receiver or Tight End stood out…although it was nice to see Campanaro back in action and get a catch (for 3 yards). Campanaro also had a punt return for 21 yards. Hoping the local Howard County player stays healthy and makes the team again this season. The Defense was a little suspect when Luck was in the game (8 of 8 for 71 yards) but Luck was unable to get a TD and played very limited action, so hard to tell overall.
It is only preseason so not worth getting to high or to low about any of these games. Wins are always better than losses…but none of this counts for a few more weeks.
The Titans and Ravens both play next week on Saturday evening (August 27th).