NASHVILLE — Offensive coordinator Arthur Smith strung together another masterpiece for the Tennessee Titans (10-4) on Sunday. A 46-25 demolition of the Detroit Lions (5-9) was the latest audition for Smith, whose every outing gets him closer to a top job next year.
Good teams beat up on inferior competition. Smith’s offense caved in Detroit’s skull.
Tennessee’s defense forced three turnovers to keep a banged-up Matt Stafford in check. Adoree’ Jackson participated in his first football of the 2020 season. Third downs were, again, atrocious but the scoring was almost enough to distract you from it.
Arthur Smith Resumé Building
When the Titans start fast, they are nearly unbeatable.
Eight times this season, Smith’s unit has started with the ball. Tennessee’s offense scored touchdowns four times, added a field goal once and punted on three attempts. Smith’s prowess on scripting opening drives (“bread and butter” plays, as Mike Vrabel calls them) has been critical to the Titans success.
Five straight games these Titans have scored 30+ points and rolled up more that 420 yards of total offense.
Date/Opp. Points Yards
Nov. 22, 2020 at Baltimore: 30 points, 423 yards
Nov. 29, 2020 at Indianapolis: 45 points, 449 yards
Dec. 6, 2020 vs. Cleveland: 35 points, 431 yards
Dec. 13, 2020 at Jacksonville: 31 points, 454 yards
“I thought we started clicking,” running back Derrick Henry said. “We started putting plays (together) and getting down the field, putting drives together, getting in the end zone. Still some things we need to improve on, but there’s a lot of things that we can build off of from this game. Everybody got involved. Everybody was able to make plays. And just take the momentum from this game and carry it onto next week, practice and getting ready to prepare for Sunday again.”
Smith’s putting his best players in positions to excel.
Titans’ Three-Pronged Attack
Never in franchise history has Tennessee had a team that is so offensively proficient.
Henry gained 147 yards on the ground and picked up a touchdown to bring his season total to 1,679. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s 3,482 passing yards after Sunday’s victory puts him at the seventh highest total through the air in franchise history. Per NFL345, No. 17’s three touchdown passes, two on the ground and 145.8 rating made him only the third player in NFL history to accomplish such a feat.
Tannehill sits alongside the likes of Jack Kemp (1960) and Michael Vick (2010).
“It just shows that our offense is special,” wide receiver A.J. Brown said. “Everybody can do their own thing and we bring a lot to the table. Most importantly, we are not worried about that stat, but we try to get the W at the end of the day. So, we have to go out there and score, 30, 40, 50 points, we are most definitely going to go out there and pick each other up.”
Smith is on the verge of having a 2,000-yard rusher, a 4,000-yard passer and two 1000-yard wide receivers (Brown with 881, Corey Davis with 945). His unit’s success will find him a new job among the NFL’s 32.
Around six teams that the Titans have played this season will looking for a new head coach. Arthur Smith has made an impression on each and every one of them.
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