What a crazy week two for both the Titans and Ravens. Both teams started slow but bounced back for big wins. Here is your weekly recap:
Baltimore Ravens (2-0)
(Via AP) Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Mike Wallace and the Baltimore Ravens rallied from a 20-point deficit and beat the Cleveland Browns 25-20 on Sunday.
Justin Tucker kicked three field goals – the last with 2:56 left – and the Ravens (2-0), who trailed 20-0 in the first quarter, withstood Cleveland’s final drive to improve to 15-2 against the Browns under coach John Harbaugh.
Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley intercepted Browns quarterback Josh McCown at the goal line with 13 seconds left to seal the win.
Baltimore was a point from trailing by three touchdowns in the opening quarter before blocking an extra point and returning it for two points and igniting the comeback.
McCown stayed in the game despite an injured left shoulder for the Browns (0-2), who were hurt by a missed field goal and three costly penalties in the fourth quarter.
McCown completed a 20-yard pass in the final minute Terrelle Pryor to the Baltimore 10, but the play was nullified because the wide receiver was called for taunting when he flipped the ball toward Ravens defensive back Lardarius Webb.
McCown, filling in for Robert Griffin III who broke a shoulder bone in last week’s opener, threw a pair of TD passes to rookieCorey Coleman and Isaiah Crowell had an 85-yard touchdown run for the Browns.
Cleveland scored three touchdowns in the first quarter – two in a span of 2:13 – to stun the Ravens, but Flacco brought his team back and finished 25 of 45 for 302 yards.
McCown briefly went to the locker room in the first quarter with an injured left shoulder, but returned and went 20 of 33 for 260 yards.
A really slow start had all Ravens fans concerned early in this game but the Ravens settled down and pulled out the win. Just a reminder…the Ravens have not had a loss in 2016 (preseason or regular season). The running game is still struggling but the team finds ways to win. Mike Wallace has become “The Man” in the receiving game.
Tennessee Titans (1-1)
(Via AP) Marcus Mariota converted a fourth down with a perfectly lofted 9-yard pass to Andre Johnson with 1:13 left, lifting the Tennessee Titans to a 16-15 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Mariota dropped the pass over linebacker Tahir Whitehead to Johnson just before safety Rafael Bush could get to the veteran receiver to potentially break up the pass.
The Titans (1-1) ended a five-game losing streak, dating to last December, after Mariota threw two TD passes in the fourth quarter after trailing 15-3.
The Lions (1-1) had an opportunity to drive for a second straight game-winning field goal, but Matthew Stafford threw an interception to Perrish Cox at midfield in the final minute. They had won seven of nine, dating to midway through the 2015 season.
Tennessee started five possessions in Detroit at their 9 or closer to their end zone, making it tough to win the battle of field position. DeMarco Murray flipped the field once with a 67-yard run, his longest since 2011 when he was a rookie with theDallas Cowboys, but the Titans didn’t take advantage because of penalties in the flag-filled game that included 29 penalties.
Tennessee went 93 yards on 13 plays over nearly 6 minutes on the game-winning drive.
The running game was a bit better this week (Murray – 89 yards and Henry – 40 yards) but the real story of this game was the improved defense and the BIG catch by Andre Johnson at the end of the game. Thank goodness the Titans signed him this offseason. He may not have huge stats this season but he is there in these situations when the Titans need him.
The Ravens go on the road next week taking on the Jaguars (0-2) and the Titans will host the Raiders (1-1). Both games will be at 1:00pm EST.