After a surprisingly successful performance in his first start, Ryan Tannehill looks to get the Tennessee Titans back to .500 on Sunday when they face a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team hoping it has solved some of its defensive issues during its bye week.
How to watch:
When: Sunday, Oct. 27
Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT.
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Needing to spark the offense, Titans coach Mike Vrabel benched Marcus Mariota in favor of Tannehill in the second half of Tennessee’s 16-0 loss at Denver in Week 6. Tannehill rewarded Vrabel’s confidence in him by throwing for 312 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Titans (3-4) held off the Los Angeles Chargers, 23-20, last Sunday.
Tennessee finished with a season-high 403 yards, and more importantly, Tannehill extended drives. The Titans went 6-for-11 on third down, the first time all season they converted more than 50 percent of such plays and well above their season mark of 32.6 percent. Tannehill also spread the wealth as eight different players caught at least one pass.
Outside NFL sacks co-leader Shaquil Barrett, the pass rush is one of many things plaguing Tampa Bay (2-4) on the defensive side of the ball. Barrett has nine of the Buccaneers’ 13 sacks, but Bruce Arians has seen his team get shredded for an NFL-worst 304.5 passing yards per game and 11 touchdowns through the air.
Tampa Bay is also giving up 30.8 points per game and has held only one opponent under 30 thus far. Veteran pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul practiced for the first time this week after suffering a fractured neck in a car accident in May. Pierre-Paul is not likely to play in this game, but his return has lifted spirits on the team as one of its vocal leaders.
The offense could also use a lift, with Jameis Winston looking to regroup after throwing five interceptions in Tampa Bay’s, 37-26, Week 6 loss to Carolina.