Yesterday’s loss was pretty straightforward. The Titans came out gangbusters in the first quarter - and if the Ravens had continued with their same playing strategy, the result would most likely have been a lopsided Titans win. Thing is, though, after the first quarter the Ravens shifted tactics to counter the Titans offense - but more importantly, the Titans didn’t change their tactics in response. The Ravens went at least 2-on-1 covering Henry on every play, but the Titans kept running Henry as if he wasn’t getting the extra coverage. As a result Henry, who has been averaging 117+ yards per game all season, was held to something like 40 yards - but more significant was the number of wasted-on-Henry downs which should have been directed toward more yardage-profitable play, which in turn translated to fewer scoring attempts.
Fourth-quarter turnovers don’t help a lot in that respect, either. 😛