By Greg Arias
That’s the only description appropriate for the Tennessee Titans/ 21-0 shut out loss to the visiting Baltimore Ravens inside Nissan Stadium on Sunday.
Not only were the Titans blanked inside the walls of their East Bank home for the first time in the stadium’s history, but they never threatened to score- unless you count Taywon Taylor running past a Ravens defender, only to have the pass overthrown by Marcus Mariota- in the entire game.
Mariota was sacked 11 times by the Ravens. The NFL record for sacks by one team in one game was twelve. That happened twice and thanks to Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense holding onto the football and not giving it back to the Titans offense, we missed seeing history in this one.
Along with those 11 sacks, Mariota managed to complete just 10 of 15 passes on the day for 117 yards. In case you missed that one, Mariota was sacked more times than passes he completed on the day.
Not to be outdone, the Titans run game managed just 55 yards as Derrick Henry carried seven times for 21 yards while Dion Lewis carried five times for 9 yards. Mariota was the team’s leading rusher, gaining 25 yards on two carries.
The Titans never move the ball past the Ravens’ 37-yard line.
With all these numbers, it’s hard to believe that the Titans managed to compile these stats on just 40 offensive plays. Forty plays, that’s perhaps the most remarkable number of this embarrassing day.
The Ravens dominated time of possession by 15:08, with Baltimore collecting a final total of 37:34 seconds to 22:26 for the Titans. Fifteen minutes difference, that’s an entire quarter for those not paying attention.
The Titans have now gone eight quarters since they last score a touchdown, having been held to four field goals last week in their loss at Buffalo and a goose egg Sunday.
The Ravens may well have set an NFL record for third down conversions in one game, converting five of them on their opening drive touchdown and 12 of 17 for 71 % for the game. You can’t do that on Madden, but the Ravens managed to do it to the Titans defense Sunday.
Injuries are also a concern, both some that players were dealing with before Sunday, and now both outside linebacker Derrick Morgan and guard Quinton Spain both left with shoulder injuries, that according to head coach Mike Vrabel, were being evaluated later Sunday night.
There wasn’t much that went right for the Titans in this one and now the team will have a short week before heading off to London to face the Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium next Sunday morning.
To his credit, Vrabel took responsibility for the debacle that was Sunday.
“The Tennessee Titans didn’t do nearly enough to win the football game,” said Vrabel. “That’s the headline.”
In a word, embarrassing.