NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Keep ignoring the Tennessee Titans. Coach Mike Vrabel and his team seem inspired by adversity and now they’ve found the missing piece to the puzzle of the NFL season: the passing game.
The Titans (7-3) improved to 10-2 in games played on short rest since Vrabel took over as head coach in 2018, this time after beating the Green Bay Packers 27-17 on Thursday night. the night in a game in which Tennessee never trailed. They did it with their best passing offense of the season, led by Derrick Henry and a strong defense.
“We played the game the way we wanted to,” Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill said.
The Titans were without starting center Ben Jones and placed their 15th player on injured reserve hours before kickoff. Still, they set the pace from the first possession, blocking an extra point to hold a 7-6 lead after the first quarter and never allowing the desperate Packers to get within a field goal.
The two-time AFC South champions have won seven of eight games, with the lone loss coming in overtime in Kansas City with rookie Malik Willis taking Tannehill’s place. Of their three losses, two were by a combined total of four points.
The offense had its best performance this season with Tannehill throwing for a season-high 333 yards and two scores. In his second game after a sprained right ankle, he completed passes to eight different receivers. The Titans had five plays of 31 or more yards.
Treylon Burks caught seven of eight passes thrown to him for 111 yards in a rookie-best performance. Henry even threw the third touchdown pass of his career, including the playoffs.
“I call myself the young Peyton Manning,” Henry said with a smile.
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The kicker. Randy Bullock strained his right calf in a warmup before the Titans-Denver game. That forced the team to sign veteran Josh Lambo to the practice squad and promote him to the active roster Wednesday. Lambo made three of four extra points and one hit the right side. He only managed to send one of four kickoffs all the way to the end zone.