The Tennessee Titans Week 17 performance against the Miami Dolphins was a beautiful sight to behold. Not only did Tennessee win, but they earned the number one seed of the AFC for now. With one game remaining on the regular season, this franchise has set itself up nicely for the playoffs. We take a look at this Titans-Dolphins game with some of our Titans Week 17 takeaways in mind.
Tennessee made multiple changes to the defense in the offseason and it’s proving to pay off. This defensive unit has been balling out this year, keeping the Titans in every game. They came up big against the Dolphins and have proven to be a Super Bowl-caliber group.
Offensively, the Titans have maintained their rushing attack. Although they lost Derrick Henry, Tennessee’s run game has been efficient. Thanks to D’Onta Foreman’s efforts, they earned a massive win over the Dolphins. Additionally, considering the adversity Tennessee has faced while being one of the best teams in the league, Mike Vrabel deserves the Coach of the Year award. This team is slowly and surely becoming healthy at the perfect time and they are serious contenders for the Super Bowl this year.
With that said, here are three Titans Week 17 takeaways from their dominating victory over the Dolphins.
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Titans Week 17 Takeaways
3. The Titans have a Super Bowl-caliber defense
Tennessee’s offense has been a bit rocky from time to time this year. However, most of that can be blamed on the numerous injuries to the roster. However, the defense has stayed consistent all season keeping the Titans competitive in nearly every game.
The Titans’ defense went out and completely shut down the Dolphins’ offense. It was an amazing performance as Miami struggled to move the ball down field all day. Tua Tagovailoa had the worst performance in a while and Jaylen Waddle was essentially a non-factor. This is the type of defense Tennessee has needed for a Super Bowl run. Now that they have it, it’s time to make a serious run in the playoffs.
2. D’Onta Foreman deserves a role on the team next year
Many believed the Titans season was done after Derrick Henry fell to injury. Instead, the exact opposite has happened. The offense has maintained its rushing prowess as D’Onta Foreman and a handful of other running backs have picked up where Henry left off.
Foreman stands out the most amongst the running back group in Henry’s absence. He’s played so well, that the Titans should highly consider bringing him back next year. Derrick Henry having a suitable backup is necessary for his longevity as well as Tennesee’s chances of continuous success.
1. Mike Vrabel deserves to win Coach of the Year
Some are calling this Titans team the worst number one seed of all time. It’s like they forget Tennessee has dealt with more injuries than any other franchise in the league. What this team has done is incredible and most rosters would have fallen flat on their face. Mike Vrabel has proven to be an elite head coach in the NFL and deserves the Coach of the Year award more than any other candidate in the NFL.
The Titans are getting healthy at the right time, as the coaching staff is confident Derrick Henry will return soon. With the defense playing at a high level and the king returning to the backfield, the rest of the league needs to be on the lookout for Tennessee. We’ll see how it plays out, but Mike Vrabel is leading a sleeping dragon into the postseason, as they’ll attempt to win the franchise’s first Super Bowl.