There have been few, if any, teams who have fluctuated as wildly on a week-to-week basis as the Titans. Marcus Mariota looks to get his club back to .500 Sunday when it faces a Broncos team looking for their first set of back-to-back wins. This is the first meeting between the teams since Tennessee recorded a 13–10 home win in 2016.
How to Watch:
When: Sunday, October 13
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
The Titans (2–3) opened the season putting a dent in the hype around the Cleveland Browns with a 43–13 road victory, as they intercepted Baker Mayfield three times in the fourth quarter. Tennessee struggled in losses to division rivals Indianapolis and Jacksonville. The Titans looked like they may have turned a corner in Week 4 by beating Atlanta, but Mariota finished with just 183 yards in last Sunday’s 14–7 loss to Buffalo.
Mariota has thrown for 1,116 yards and seven touchdowns without an interception but also has been sacked an alarming 22 times, the most in the NFL. Tennessee ranks 29th in the league in red-zone scoring efficiency at 69.2% (9-for-13) and addressed that issue during the week by cutting Cairo Santos after he had one field goal blocked and missed three others vs. Bills. Replacing Santos is Cody Parkey, who totaled 111 points and made 23 of 30 field goals with the Bears last season.
Denver (1–4) broke through for its first victory under Vic Fangio with a 20–13 road win over the Chargers last Sunday. The Broncos scored on their first two possessions, getting a rushing touchdown from Phillip Lindsay and a 70-yard hookup between Joe Flacco and Courtland Sutton. They then spent the remaining three-plus quarters holding the Chargers offense without a touchdown.
Lindsay finished with a season-best 114 rushing yards, as Denver recorded its first three takeaways of the season with interceptions by Justin Simmons and A.J. Johnson, in addition to a fumble recovery by Duke Dawson.
Fangio’s retooling of the defense continues to be uneven–all five of Denver’s sacks on the season came in its Week 4 loss to Jacksonville, but the defense made significant strides against the run, limiting a Chargers team that entered the contest averaging 103.5 yards.
Denver’s secondary continues to be patchwork as offseason acquisition Bryce Callahan has yet to make his Broncos debut due to a foot injury, De’Vante Bausby is also out indefinitely with a neck injury suffered against the Chargers and Horace Richardson is on injured reserve.