Tennessee continues to defy logic as they have once again found a way to win despite the numerous injuries the team has had to overcome. Undeterred by the loss of star players Derrick Henry and Julio Jones due to injury, the Titans continue to get the job done. With a little under a minute and a half remaining in the contest, the Titans held off the Saints' two-point conversion and etched a 23-21 win.
With an offense that's still learning to adapt to life without All-Pro running back Derrick Henry in the backfield, the Titans got off to a slow start on offense. The Titans' first touchdown of the game did not come until the final two minutes of the second quarter when Ryan Tannehill rushed one yard into the endzone on an eight-play drive. Tannehill completed 70 percent of his passes, threw for 213 yards and a touchdown. Wide Receiver Marcus Johnson shined in place of the injured Julio Jones and averaged 20 yards per catch on five receptions and 100 yards.
Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian started his second consecutive game in place of the injured Jameis Winston, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear against the Buccaneers in Week 8. Facing off against a fierce Titans' pass rush, Siemian was sacked four times and the Saints only tallied six total points by halftime. Siemian passed for 298 yards and two touchdowns. This game also saw running back Mark Ingram Jr. become the all-time leading rusher for the Saints as he finished with 47 rushing yards and 61 receiving yards.
The Tennessee Titans are the hottest team in the NFL. They currently sit at 8-2, which ties them for the best record in the entire league, along with the Packers and the Cardinals. Six of Tennessee's wins were against playoff teams from the previous season, and the Titans etched out two victories without All-Pro running back Derrick Henry. Next Sunday, the Titans look to extend their winning streak against the lowly Houston Texans, who are 1-8 and on an eight-game losing streak.
Kickoff will take place at noon on November 21.