New Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill turned in a strong performance against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, completing 12-of-16 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns and helping the team to a 27-10 win.
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The first drive made it very clear new wideout Adam Humphries is someone the Titans have big plans for this season, but Cody Hollister stole the show. His sideline touchdown catch in the third quarter was pretty, but his catch on the sideline earlier in the quarter was incredible.
Edge defender Sharif Finch was a menace as a pass-rusher. The second-year player generated multiple quick pressures against Eagles right tackle Jordan Mailata. In addition, he also recorded a tackle for loss.
Daeshon Hall‘s strip-sack was his biggest highlight, but he wreaked havoc on the Titans' offensive tackles all night in the passing game. Midway through the third, he found his way to knock down Woodside again after an ill-attempted cut block was pushed aside.
Tight end Dallas Goedert and quarterback Nate Sudfeld showed a nice rapport early. They connected for three first downs in the first quarter, as Goedert kept finding a way to get open. Goedert also had a decent performance as a run blocker.
A gamble by Adoree' Jackson gave the Eagles their only touchdown of the night. Defending a deep post route with no inside help against Marken Michel, Jackson missed on a diving attempt to break up Sudfeld's well-placed pass. That resulted in Michel waltzing an additional 39 yards into the end zone for a 75-yard touchdown.
Corey Levin had two bad snaps in a row after the Titans made the change to Logan Woodside so perhaps he can be slightly forgiven for the height disparity between Tannehill and Woodside. However, he then switched to LG where he struggled to protect Woodside after the new center was able to get him the snap.
The Eagles' offensive line struggled to create rushing lanes throughout the game. Not only were they often overpowered by the Titans' defensive front, but they also struggled to deal with the speed of the Titans' linebackers at the second level.
Score aside, there wasn't a single defender that stood out as an exceptionally poor game. Nathan Gerry, who has been hot and cold in coverage in the past, did get exposed a few times, including getting beaten across his face in a battle of wills to put the Titans on the board for the first time on a goal-line crosser.
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