At least Taylor Lewan owns that he is not performing particularly well at left tackle.
Lewan had three more penalties on Sunday – including two back-to-back that killed one Titans drive – and now has a team-high nine infractions this season, while playing in just seven games. He was suspended by the league for the first four games of the season.
“I take full responsibility for this. I will work on it. I might even go practice on not doing penalties in this bye week. That might be all I do. The play is there. The finishing is there. It’s the penalties, and I’m sorry,” Lewan said after Sunday’s 35-32 win over Kansas City. “I am an absolute liability to this team with the penalties that I’ve had. I know it’s redundant and I’ve said this plenty of times, but I will do my absolute best. _ I won’t even hold my wife’s hand because I don’t want to be called for holding. I promise I am doing the best I can to be the best football player I can for this team.”
Big running day
Derrick Henry had a big day for the Titans with 23 carries for a season-high 188 yards and two scores on Sunday.
Henry now has 832 yards on the season through 11 games, and is closing in on his second straight 1,000-yard rushing season in Tennessee.
“I knew this was going to be a game where we had to control the tempo, and the ball because they can score so fast,” Henry said. “I felt like the o-line, the receivers and the tight ends did a great job blocking.”
Sunday’s game was a bit unusual in that the Titans came in wanting to control the clock with Henry and the run game and get a big output from him. They did, but badly lost time of possession to the Chiefs, 37:51 to 22:09.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill had efficient numbers for the Titans as he improved to 3-1 as Tennessee’ starter. Tannehill threw the ball just 19 times in the game, completing 13 for 181 yards. That also included two touchdown throws, including the 23-yard game winner to Adam Humphies.
For the season, Tannehill now has completed 97 of 136 passes for 1,161 yards. He has eight touchdowns and four interceptions on the season.
Tannehill also had his best rushing day as a Titans quarterback, picking up 37 yards on three rushes, plus a two-point conversion on Tennessee’s final touchdown drive.
The Titans were without four key players on Sunday – two each on offense and defense due to injuries. Defensive end Jurrell Casey missed his second straight game with a shoulder injury, while linebacker Jayon Brown is back on the shelf with a troublesome groin injury.
On offense, the Titans played without receiver Corey Davis, who suffered a hip injury last week. Delanie Walker continues to miss time with his injured ankle.