There’s a New Sheriff in Town

There must be something in the water down in Tennessee. The Titans offense is running on all cylinders and it probably will not be stopped anytime soon. Newly acquired DeMarco Murray is leading the resurgence of a Titans offense that ranked 30th out of 32 teams in total offense during the 2015 season.

2016 is a whole different story. With six games to go in the 2016 season, the Titans rank third in the NFL in total offense. After DeMarco Murray led the league in rushing during the 2014 season for the Dallas Cowboys, he was signed in 2015 by the Philadelphia Eagles and the result was less than subpar. Murray only averaged a tiny 3.6 yards per carry. Now with the Titans, Murray is averaging 4.9 yards. That is a higher average than what he had with the Cowboys in 2014 (when he rushed for over 1,800 yards).

Even when Murray is out of the game, rookie and former Heisman trophy winner Derrick Henry is carrying the load. Combine Henry and Murray with a young tough offensive line, you end up with 1,452 rushing yards which is best in the NFL.

The running game is also helping set up the pass. In his second season, Marcus Mariota is completing 64% of his passes for 2,482 yards and 21 touchdowns. He has already surpassed his passing touchdown total from last year (19) and looks poised to throw for more than 30 at seasons end.

The Titans stand here today at 5-5, good for second place in the AFC South behind the Houston Texans. In a mediocre AFC, the Titans have a good shot at either stealing the AFC South crown from the Texans, or clinching a wild card birth. With the offense playing unbelievable, the pressure lies on the defense. If the Titans defense can play better for the rest of the year, the NFL better watch out because the Titans are a force to be reckoned with.


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