Best and Worst: Patriots 35, Titans 14
BEST OUTCOME FOR WORST PREP
The Patriots appeared to have Tennessee all gummed up on a third down during the first quarter. Rob Gronkowski was uncovered, nobody was in the vicinity and the Patriots quick-snapped it. But Brady threw it near Gronk’s feet for a drive-ending incompletion.
SO MUCH FOR FIELD POSITION
After doing a great job pinning the Titans back against their goal line on the first two drives, the Patriots kinda gave all the field position away at the start of Tennessee’s second drive when they let tight end Delanie Walker get loose in the secondary for a 36-yard incompletion.
WHAT CAN YA DO…
THE OL’ BEANBAG CHAIR
A 31-yard screen pass to Dion Lewis almost was a 50-yard touchdown as Lewis rolled out of the tackle and took off for the end zone. It looked for a moment like he’d landed on a Titan and never touched the ground but his tuchus touched.
A scramble by Marcus Mariota near halftime led to a collision on the sideline with Devin McCourty. The crash came about a yard onto the sideline and Titans players got agitated but replay showed McCourty was basically standing there when Mariota came stumbling in.
ON FURTHER REVIEW
On a punt, Patriot Geneo Grissom was flagged for a false start but – after a few moments – the call was reversed to the Titans being offsides. The resulting penalty gave the Patriots a first down. Two more penalties on the drive against Tennessee fed the “the league loves the Patriots” idiocy.
Titans tight end Delanie Walker got hauled down by Patrick Chung in the first half and landed on his heavily taped (but not injured because he wasn’t on the injury report) right hand. And it hurt.
FOURTH AND ….WHERE ARE YOU GOING?!
The Titans began consecutive drives in the third quarter with false starts, which means they moved 5 yards in the wrong direction which was bad news for them. The two drives didn’t improve. They ended with Tennessee punting on fourth-and-16 and then fourth-and-17.
Tom Brady completed an absurd scrambling, fallaway, crossfield pass to Danny Amendola at the start of the fourth quarter that was…remarkable.
Both Brandon Bolden and Chris Hogan punctuated their touchdowns with lefthanded heaves into the stands.
Brandon Bolden – who gets the ball infrequently – rolled in from the 2-yard line untouched to cap a 9 play, 56-yard drive atnd make it 28-7 in the third.
TOUGH IN THE MIDDLE
The Titans were outscored 21-0 in the second quarter and gained 5 total yards in the third quarter.
NUMBERS NEVER LIE?
After three quarters, Marcus Mariota had a quarterback rating of 104.2. Tom Brady’s rating was 100.4.