Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans took down Trevor Siemian and the New Orleans Saints Sunday in a 23-21 slugfest.
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Tannehill had a mediocre day overall, completing 70.4% of his passes for 213 yards and a score. The former Dolphin did suffer from three dropped passes, which raised his adjusted completion percentage up to 84.6%. He hit one big-time throw and didn't have a turnover-worthy play en route to a 61.4 passing grade.
The Tennessee running game continues to suffer without Derrick Henry: No running back went over 30 yards Sunday afternoon. The running back trio of D’Onta Foreman, Adrian Peterson and Jeremy McNichols combined for one rushing first down, one forced missed tackle and zero explosive runs. Foreman did haul in both his targets for 48 yards
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Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
A.J. Brown led the Titans receivers in snaps (27), but it was Marcus Johnson who led them in production. Johnson paced Tennessee in targets (six), receptions (five) and yards (100). Johnson had more yards after the catch (66) than any other pass-catcher had total yards. He produced three explosive receptions and did not have a drop.
Tennessee had an OK day in pass protection, allowing seven total pressures and two sacks on 30 pass-blocking snaps. Tackle David Quessenberry boasted the unit’s highest pass-blocking grade, not allowing a single pressure on his way to an 82.1 pass-blocking grade.
The Titans’ defensive line absolutely harassed Siemian all afternoon, getting home for four sacks. Jeffery Simmons tallied two sacks of his own on 34 pass-rushing snaps, finishing with three total pressures, a 14.7% win rate and an 73.9 pass-rush grade.
Monty Rice led Tennessee in tackles with 14, but he also had two missed tackles, leading to a 69.1 overall defensive grade. Rice especially struggled in run defense: He graded negatively on 25.0% of his 20 run-defense snaps. Jayon Brown, meanwhile, was second on the team in tackles with eight and was below average in pass defense, allowing four catches for 61 yards on five targets.
Janoris “Jackrabbit” Jenkins tallied 40 coverage snaps and saw just four targets in primary coverage, allowing four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. Kristian Fulton, meanwhile, posted a unit-best 81.8 coverage grade, allowing three catches on 37 coverage snaps.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Siemian may not have been efficient, but he still had a good day tossing the football, completing 19 of 34 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns. He hit four big-time throws and suffered one drop, bringing his adjusted completion percentage to 66.7%. He wasn’t afraid to push it downfield, either, as 42.9% of his passes went past the first-down marker, and he posted a 10.6 average depth of target.
It was the Mark Ingram show with Alvin Kamara inactive. The veteran running back handled all but two of the running back carries on the afternoon, finishing with 14 carries for 47 yards, 38 of which were after contact. He scored a touchdown and logged three forced missed tackles on his way to a 62.2 rushing grade.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Tre’Quan Smith led all Saints pass-catchers in receiving snaps with 26, and he produced with the opportunities given. The former UCF Knight logged a respectable four receptions for 44 yards, but it was Deonte Harris who led the team in yards with 84. Marquez Callaway had the second-most snaps (31), but he would see just four targets and haul in two passes. The pass-catching unit combined for just one drop and nine receiving first downs.
New Orleans struggled a bit in pass protection Sunday, but center Erik McCoy and guard Cesar Ruiz had especially rough days. Ruiz, playing right guard this afternoon, posted a poor 58.2 pass-blocking grade, allowing two sacks and 4.3% pressure percentage on 46 pass-blocking snaps. McCoy, meanwhile, was beaten three times by his defender on his way to a 58.0 pass-blocking grade.
Marcus Davenport had the best day along the Saints defensive line, sacking Tannehill twice on 22 pass-rushing snaps. Cameron Jordan led the unit in pass-rush snaps with 27, but he was only able to register two hurries, posting a mediocre 56.0 pass-rush grade. Jordan did tally seven tackles and an elite 85.8 run-defense grade, grading positively on 33.3% of run defense snaps. Defensive tackle David Oneymata actually led the team in tackles with nine and dominated in run defense as well: He graded negatively on just 4.0% of run defense snaps.
Demario Davis paced the Saints in snaps with 58, but he registered just four tackles and struggled in coverage, allowing 17 yards on five targets en route to a 30.0 coverage grade. Davis was better in run defense — three of his four tackles came against the run — but he still graded negatively on 10.7% of run defense snaps.
Malcolm Jenkins and Marshon Lattimore finished first and second, respectively, in coverage snaps, but they had two very different outings. Jenkins allowed one catch on one target for two yards on 30 snaps and posted an 84.9 coverage grade. Lattimore gave up four catches on four targets for 87 yards on 29 snaps. Three of the four receptions went for first downs, and he finished with a less-than-stellar 47.3 coverage grade.