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Six Things That Stood Out for the Titans in Sunday's Loss to the Ravens


LONDON – The Titans lost 24-16 to the Ravens here on Sunday at Tottenham Stadium.

Here's a look at six things that stood out in the contest:

Tannehill Carted, So What's Next?

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill left London on crutches, in a walking boot, after being injured in the contest. Tannehill didn't finish the game, as he was replaced in the fourth quarter by back-up quarterback Malik Willis. Tannehill underwent tests at the stadium, and he'll have an MRI when he returns to Nashville. "It freakin' sucks," Tannehill said of the injury. "It's part of the game, getting injured. … We'll see what it is going to look like with the MRI moving forward. But it's frustrating. You battle, put so much into it, so to have something happen like that, it's frustrating."

Red Zone Defense

The Titans held the Ravens to just 1-of-6 in the red zone on Sunday, a rate of 16.7 percent. The Ravens didn't score a touchdown on either of their first-and-goal situations. If not for that, this game could've been very one-sided. Harold Landry kept Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson out of the end zone on a third-and-goal at the one, stopping him for a loss. It was among several big stops on the day near paydirt. "I'm proud of the defense," Titans Coach Mike Vrabel said. "They fought in the red zone. There were things that we did not do very well … but that showed a lot from our defense in the red zone."


The Titans made plenty of mistakes on Sunday. Perhaps the biggest blunder came from return man Kyle Philips, who muffed a punt with one second left before the first half deep in Titans territory. Philips remained in the locker room to answer questions from reporters after the game, accepting his share of the blame. "I need to be better," Philips said. "I let the team down, I dropped the ball." Ravens kicker Justin Tucker made a field goal to close out the half to give Baltimore a 18-3 lead. "In that situation, I really need to catch it," Philips said. "It was, what, one second left? I'm the reason we gave up those three points – that's on me."

Changing Faces, and Places

The Titans inserted Nicholas Petit-Frere at left tackle (in place of Andre Dillard) and Tre Avery at cornerback (in place of Kristian Fulton) for at least some stretches of Sunday's contest. Petit-Frere entered the game after the team had trouble protecting Tannehill, who was sacked twice and hit on several other occasions before being injured. "I wanted to give (NPF) an opportunity, and see how that was," Vrabel said. "We'll look at the tape and see who gives us the best chance at every position, not only there."

Offensive Woes

Aside from running back Derrick Henry's 63-yard run, as well as his 15-yard touchdown run, the Titans didn't create many sparks on offense. Henry finished the day with 97 yards on 12 carries, an 8.1-yard average that was heavily weighed by the big run. But the Titans were just 1-of-9 (11.1%) on third down in the game, and they managed just 233 yards of offense with 17 first downs. The Titans, after going 1-of-4 in the red zone in the team's loss at Indianapolis, went just 1-of-4 again in the red zone scoring touchdowns against the Ravens.

What About Malik?

Malik Willis got plenty of chances a year ago after Tannehill's ankle injury. Could he be on the verge of being the guy for the Titans at quarterback after Tannehill's injury against the Ravens? Or, could the Titans consider rookie Will Levis? Well, time will tell. Willis completed 4-of-5 passes for 74 yards after entering in the fourth quarter on Sunday. He was sacked four times in the short span, running for 17 yards in the process. Willis knows there's a lot to be determined in the coming week, based on Tannehill's MRI. "Your job is to be ready when called upon," Willis said. "We didn't come out with the dub, so that's on me. … I'm just taking it day by day, and whatever is asked of me I'm going to try and do my best."

The Tennessee Titans take on the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

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