NASHVILLE – The Titans beat the Lions 46-25 on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.
Here's a look at six things that stood out from the game as the team begins to turn its attention to next Sunday's game vs the Green Bay Packers:
King Henry and His Sidekick
It was no surprise seeing Titans running back Derrick Henry impact another game like he did. Henry went for 147 yards and another touchdown, and in the process became just the 4th player in NFL history to record 1,500 rushing yards and 15 rushing TDs in consecutive seasons, joining Shaun Alexander, Terrell Davis and Larry Johnson. With two games to go, Henry now has 1,679 yards and 15 touchdowns. And how about that stiff-arm from Henry? Oh man, that'll leave a mark. But how about the play of fellow running back Darrynton Evans in his first action since the October 13 contest against the Bills? Evans looked fast against the Lions as he ran for 30 yards, while also catching two passes for 27 yards and a score. He returned a pair of kickoffs as well. The 1-2 punch of Henry and Evans was fun to watch on Sunday.
Welcome Back, Adoree'
Cornerback Adoree' Jackson has been one of the most talked about Titans this season, despite missing the team's first 13 games with a knee injury. On Sunday, Jackson made his long-awaited debut, and it was good to see. Jackson didn't start for the Titans, but he did play 27 snaps. He was credited with two tackles in the contest. Titans coach Mike Vrabel said the Titans hope Jackson can build on his performance moving forward. After the game, Jackson said it was great to be back out there, in the swing of things with his teammates. He admitted it wasn't easy as he worked to get back on the field after first being injured back in September. "Patience is a virtue, so for me it was just trying to understand I don't want to rush anything or do anything that would hurt me or the team," Jackson said. "It's been 13 weeks, or however long it's been – that's a hell of a long time. I am just thankful to finally get out there."
Another 100-Yard Game
Yes, Henry had another 100-yard rushing game. But we're talking Titans receiver Corey Davis here, and 100 receiving yards. Davis caught four passes for 110 yards on Sunday, his biggest play a 75-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the first quarter. Davis now has five 100-yard receiving games on the season, and 945 receiving yards with two games to play. He's already set a new career high for receiving yards for a season. Davis, who is in his fourth NFL season, said he's happy to do his part. "I am healthy, my mind is right, and I'm playing confident," Davis said. "And the team is really rolling. We just have to keep that going, and keep doing our thing."
The Titans gave up a lot of yards (430) on defense, and the third-down defense didn't play well again while allowing the Lions to convert 7-of-12 (58 percent). Once again, the Titans didn't record a sack, and the pressure was non-existent on a lot of plays. But the defense got some critical stops, with turnovers. Defensive lineman DaQuan Jones forced a fumble at the goalline that was recovered by linebacker Will Compton, and linebacker Derick Roberson forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons. Late in the game, safety Kevin Byard recorded his first interception of the season. On the year, the Titans are now a plus-12 in the takeaway/giveaway category. The Titans still need to get some things fixed on defense, but they proved Sunday they can help the cause by creating turnovers.
It was another nice day here for the Titans. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 38-yard field goal at the end of the first half, and he made all six of his extra points … and a tackle. Punter Brett Kern put his only punt of the day inside the 10, at the seven-yard line to be exact, thanks to receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine. Westbrook-Ikhine made another big play on special teams when he thwarted a fake punt by the Lions with a tackle before the line to gain. Darrynton Evans showed up with a nice return here, and linebackers Wyatt Ray and Nick Dzubnar also made special teams stops. Corey Davis recovered an onside kick. Of course, Gostkowski shouldn't be making tackles on kickoffs, so that needs to improve. But overall, the Titans did well for themselves here.
Red Hot Tannehill
I'm wrapping up this six pack with Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, even though he just as easily could have led this off. Tannehill was exceptional again on Sunday while posting his first career five-touchdown game. Tannehill threw for three scores, and he also ran for two more. He showed great athleticism on his 17-yard touchdown run, and dive to the pylon. Vrabel gave him a scowl when he returned to the sideline because he wants him to be more careful with the football, but Tannehill is making Titans fans smile on a regular basis. With two games left in the regular season, Tannehill has now thrown for 3,482 yards and 31 touchdowns, with only five interceptions. He's one of the main reasons this Titans offense is clicking on all cylinders.
The Tennessee Titans take on the Detroit Lions in Week 15 at Nissan Stadium.