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Tennessee Titans 17, New York Giants 0
The Titans seem to have found their offensive formula down the home stretch in the cold and bad weather games, and that is get the ball to Derrick Henry with a head of steam. Henry forced missed tackles at the second level and terrorized smaller defensive backs when isolated on them.
Credit to the Titans’ offensive line for getting a good push for Henry. The Titans are returning to smash mouth football, and the offensive line, on multiple occasions, drove Giants linebackers into the secondary.
Some of the coverage on the back end was the most impressive for the Titans. Kevin Byard stood out the most, and his interception as a split safety getting to the sideline on an out route was extremely impressive.
After reports that Eli Manning may be playing his way into a job in 2019, he put on one of his worst performances of the season. Manning had terrible turnovers and missed far too many throws. His poor play was the largest reason for the Giants being shut out
The highlight for the offensive side of the ball for the Giants would probably be the offensive line in pass protection. They gave Eli and company a fighting chance and played solid overall, but Manning’s poor play was too much to overcome.
The Giants’ defense seemed to never get off of step one, which was to stop the run. The Titans did a good job of isolating Henry on cornerbacks and forcing them to make tackles. The Giants secondary and team in general needed to tackle much better. As the game wore on, they seemed less and less interested to put their bodies in front of Henry
Again, it’s tough to get past the point of run defense in this game when the Titans ran the ball almost twice as many times as the passed the ball. The only player to stand out in run defense in a positive way was Olivier Vernon. However, the defensive line as a whole failed to make enough impact plays at the line of scrimmage to deter the Titans from just hading the ball off.
Keys to the Game
The Titans just lined up and bullied the Giants daring them to try to tackle Henry. The Giants were not up to the task
Poor decisions and throws for the most important position on the field was the biggest reason for the Giants being shut out