NFL Week 8 Game Recap: Tennessee Titans 28, Atlanta Falcons 23

2T49GBX Tennessee Titans quarterback Will Levis (8) runs for yardage during their NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

The Tennessee Titans pick up their third win of the season with a 28-23 win at home against the Atlanta Falcons, doing so without Ryan Tannehill at quarterback.

Offensive spotlight: 2023 second-round pick Will Levis started his first NFL game with Tannehill out, and the early returns were very positive, as he threw for 238 yards and four touchdown passes, good for a 130.5 passer rating.

Levis’ successful NFL debut also allowed for the reemergence of DeAndre Hopkins as a top-tier offensive weapon, as he was on the receiving end of three of the four Levis touchdown passes. Hopkins totaled 128 yards receiving, just the second time this season he's exceeded 65 receiving yards in a game.

The Falcons offense struggled under Desmond Ridder once again in the first half, enough so that the team benched Ridder in favor of Taylor Heinicke for the second half.

Defensive spotlight: Jeffery Simmons signed a large contract extension early in the offseason and came up big by delivering his first multi-sack game of the season. Simmons had 2.5 sacks on the year coming into this game but added two more in this one, including a forced fumble on Ridder that Azeez Al-Shaair recovered.

Rookie spotlight: After extremely limited playing time last week, Bijan Robinson returned to full health and his regular workload, leading the team in carries (11). He went for 62 yards on the ground and added the first rushing touchdown of his career early in the fourth quarter.

Box Score

Passing
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Taylor Heinicke 12.4 12 / 21 175 8.3 1 0 1 100.3
Desmond Ridder 4.4 8 / 12 71 5.9 0 0 5 82.3
Jonnu Smith 2.3 0 / 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 39.6
Tennessee Titans
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Will Levis 26.6 19 / 29 238 8.2 4 0 2 130.5
Rushing
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Taylor Heinicke 12.4 2 14 7.0 0 11 0
Bijan Robinson 12.2 11 62 5.6 1 25 0
Desmond Ridder 4.4 3 26 8.7 0 23 1
Tyler Allgeier 3.1 8 31 3.9 0 9 0
Cordarrelle Patterson 0.7 2 7 3.5 0 4 0
Tennessee Titans
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Will Levis 26.6 7 11 1.6 0 5 0
Derrick Henry 19.2 22 101 4.6 0 14 0
Chigoziem Okonkwo 6.7 1 4 4.0 0 4 0
Tyjae Spears 6.6 3 27 9.0 0 23 0
Amani Hooker 0.2 1 2 2.0 0 2 0
Malik Willis -0.6 2 4 2.0 0 4 1
Receiving
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR TD
Bijan Robinson 12.2 5 0 0 0.0 0.0 0
KhaDarel Hodge 10.5 3 3 75 25.0 25.0 0
Drake London 10.5 7 5 55 7.9 11.0 0
Scotty Miller 9.4 2 2 14 7.0 7.0 1
Kyle Pitts 6.5 5 3 35 7.0 11.7 0
Van Jefferson 5.4 5 3 24 4.8 8.0 0
Mack Hollins 4.7 3 2 27 9.0 13.5 0
Jonnu Smith 2.3 1 1 13 13.0 13.0 0
MyCole Pruitt 1.3 2 1 3 1.5 3.0 0
Tennessee Titans
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR TD
DeAndre Hopkins 37.8 6 4 128 21.3 32.0 3
Derrick Henry 19.2 4 4 21 5.2 5.2 0
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine 10.3 2 1 33 16.5 33.0 1
Chigoziem Okonkwo 6.7 6 4 23 3.8 5.8 0
Tyjae Spears 6.6 4 3 9 2.2 3.0 0
Kyle Philips 5.4 3 3 24 8.0 8.0 0
Treylon Burks 0.0 2 0 0 0.0 0.0 0
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