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NFL Week 7 PFF ReFocused: Tennessee Titans 23, Los Angeles Chargers 20

A fourth-quarter fumble by Melvin Gordon allowed the Titans to hold onto a 23-20 victory over the Chargers in Week 7 of the 2019 NFL season.

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Final Score

Tennessee Titans 23, Los Angeles Chargers 20

Tennessee Titans

Ryan Tannehill provided some juice into a Titans' offense that had been stagnant for the last few weeks. The veteran showed some zip on his throws, and he slotted several passes into tight windows. One of his best throws of the game was his touchdown pass to Corey Davis late in the first half, as he fired the ball into a tight window between two defenders in the end zone.

Running back Derrick Henry had a big rushing day thanks to his offensive line. With the clean rushing lanes and his acceleration, the Chargers struggled to slow him down all night.

Jeffery Simmons was in the backfield all game. The Chargers' interior offensive linemen struggled to move him in the run game, and they had a hard time giving Philip Rivers enough time to operate when matched up one-on-one with Simmons.

Wesley Woodyard made the biggest play of the game, punching the ball out of Melvin Gordon‘s hands at the one-yard line late in the game. Woodyard came unblocked off the edge and was able to get the ball out, ending the game. It was Gordon's second fumble of the contest, further adding to a year that has not quite gone as he expected.

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers made some key throws in this game to keep drives alive. His receivers made a few great catches along the sideline, but for the most part, Rivers put the ball in great spots, including a deep touchdown late in the game to the ever-ascending Austin Ekeler.

Tight end Hunter Henry made a big difference in this game, creating separation and coming up with some big third-down catches. He was a mismatch for the Titans' coverage defenders all game, and he notably got the best of safety Kenny Vaccaro a few times.

The Chargers struggled to find much of a pass-rush against a Titans' offensive line that hasn't produced in recent weeks. Many of their pressures were the result of Tannehill holding the ball too long, including both of Joey Bosa‘s sacks.

While the Chargers defensive backs contested several throws, they struggled to bring the pass-catchers down after the catch. The Titans had a handful of big gains due to the Chargers' inability to tackle right away, and a large chunk of their receiving yards came after the catch.

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