How to be intimidating
On the surface, that’s an ascendant team set to build on last year’s nine-win campaign and end an eight-year playoff drought.
But once you look past the standings, you see a flawed team that strikes fear in no opponent.
2 overall pick was a top-10 quarterback in terms of passing touchdowns, QB rating, and yards per pass.
He hasn’t been able to follow up on that performance.
That group kept Mariota upright, but more importantly, it also cleared space for De Marco Murray and Derrick Henry to excel.
Tennessee invested heavily in the offseason to upgrade its pass catchers, but those moves have yet to pay dividends.It’s difficult to see a clear-cut reason for this step back.The team’s 2016 line has been intact throughout the 2017 season, with only left guard Quinton Spain missing any extended time (two games).Fifth-overall pick Corey Davis has just 22 receptions in seven games this fall.Third-round pick Taywan Taylor has been on the field even less.
The Texans saw that firsthand on Sunday when Murray and Henry ran all over them.