3 Reasons Why the Titans May Be the Most Dangerous Playoff Team
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Derrick Henry has been on an historical tear the past three weeks of the NFL season, running through (and by) with ferocity and ease. He has become the first player in NFL history to rush for 175 yards or more in two playoff games in the same post-season (182 yards and 195 yards).
Henry’s running prowess opens up the passing game (for weapons like AJ Brown and Jonnu Smith), and allows them to control the clock against offensive juggernauts like the Baltimore Ravens. This also takes pressure off of the Titans' defence because they are allowed the time to rest via long offensive drives lead by Derrick Henry’s elite running ability.
Mike Vrabel’s coaching direction has been great for the Titans this season. He made the decision to hand the starting gig over to Ryan Tannehill and they have been cruising ever since. He has revitalized his career in Tennessee and as a result, the Titans have taken off.
Vrabel played under Belichick and clearly has learned many helpful things from that experience that he has implemented into his coaching style. An example of this was how he methodically ran out the clock against the Patriots before they went on the final drive of that game to ensure Tom Brady had the minimal amount of time to lead a potential game winning drive.
He has maximized the amount of talent that he has been presented with and puts his players in a position to succeed, and this has allowed the Titans to impose their will on each game.
The Titans have nothing to lose and that makes them extremely dangerous. They clinched a spot the playoffs in the final week of the regular season as the sixth and final seed. This meant that they would not host one home game throughout all of the playoffs and it seems like it has motivated them even more. They have been absolute road warriors upsetting the defending champion Patriots at Foxborough and then the Lamar Jackson-led Ravens in Baltimore.
They have loved playing the part of the underdog and surpassing everyone’s expectations and it serves as extra motivation for them. Everyone expects them to lose so they are playing absolutely free and with no pressure which makes them so deadly to play.