Mon Nov 23 2:38pm ET
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Pro Football Writer
Tennessee Titans safety Amani Hooker (37) prepares to intercept a pass from Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, not visible, intended for wide receiver Devin Duvernay (13) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) celebrates his game-winning touchdown with tight end Anthony Firkser (86) and wide receiver Kalif Raymond (14) during overtime of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Baltimore. The Titans won 30-24 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler reacts after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Baltimore. The Titans won 30-24 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) gets help from teammate running back Jeremy McNichols, center right, while scoring against Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Patrick Queen (48) and free safety DeShon Elliott (32) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans think they got back to what they do best, and that's just finding a way to win.
Just in the nick of time.
Losers of three of four and trailing 21-10 early in the third quarter, the Titans responded and at last looked like the team that won its first five games by taking four in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime. They scored 20 of the final 23 points in beating Baltimore 30-24 in overtime.
''We know our identity,'' Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown said. ''We just had to believe our identity and go out there and make plays and go out there and do what we do. This was a big game. (The Ravens) a great team over there. ... This was a big-boy fight.''
Their resilience and grit combined with some big plays provided a confidence boost that couldn't have come at a better time.
The Titans (7-3) now have won two of three. Next is a chance at payback and control of the AFC South on Sunday with a trip to Indianapolis against the Colts (7-3), who beat them in Nashville on Nov. 12 for the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The offense once again. The Titans scored at least 30 points for the first time since Oct. 18, and trailed by 11 before outscoring the Ravens 20-3 to finish the game. Wide receivers Corey Davis and Brown were shut out in the first half. Then Davis caught all five passes after halftime for 113 yards. Brown caught four of five passes for 62 yards, including and a 14-yard TD reception for the lead late in regulation when he broke four tackles to score.
They also outgained Baltimore 423-306. Ryan Tannehill overcame his fourth interception of the season and finished with 259 yards passing and two TD passes - most of that after halftime. He says the Titans never lost faith and finally were able to fight through adversity during a game.
''There's a lot of confidence throughout our team that we've been on a touch stretch there, but when we get in a tough situation we're going to keep fighting and find a way to win,'' Tannehill said.
WHAT NEEDS HELP
The defense again struggled on third downs, allowing the Ravens to convert 9 of 15 (60%). But the Titans did show stinginess by holding Baltimore to three field goals on four trips inside the Tennessee 20. Amani Hooker intercepted a pass, and the Titans forced the Ravens' three-and-out to open overtime.
Derrick Henry. Not only is the NFL rushing leader the first running back to 1,000 yards this season, he also became the first in league history to run for the winning TD in overtime multiple times in one season. Henry also had the walk-off TD run Oct. 18 in an OT win over Houston.
He now has 1,079 yards rushing and six 100-yard games this season, and that game-winning TD was the 50th of Henry's career. It earned him a Twitter shout-out from LeBron James calling Henry the ''FINISHER.''
Offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. Going with a wildcat snap to Henry on second-and-goal at the Baltimore 7 made little sense considering center Ben Jones had just gone to the sideline hurt. Jamil Douglas' first snap went over Henry's head for a 20-yard loss, forcing the Titans to settle for a field goal midway through the third quarter.
The Titans are very banged up. They lost their leading tackler Jayon Brown when the linebacker's left elbow bent in the wrong direction. Left tackle Ty Sambraillo, who replaced Taylor Lewan (out with a torn ACL) went to the locker room late in the fourth quarter. Left guard Rodger Saffold missed the game with an injured ankle. And the Titans already put outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney on injured reserve last weekend.
0 - The number of snaps offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, the No. 29 pick overall in April, has taken this season. But he did dress for the first time against the Ravens. The Titans sure could use the healthy rookie on the field, so the sooner he's up to speed the better.
The rematch with the Colts in Indianapolis, the second game between these teams in 18 days. The Colts are one of the three teams currently with winning records remaining on the Titans' schedule.
Five Fantasy Takeaways from Week 11
Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow's (knee) MRI exam revealed that he tore his ACL, MCL and suffered other structural issues to his left knee in the Week 11 loss to the Washington Football Team. Burrow will undergo season-ending reconstructive surgery on his knee and could be out anywhere from nine to 12 months, which would put his status for the beginning of the 2021 season in question. It could make him a risky high-end QB2 for fantasy managers going into draft season next year. The 23-year-old had his ups and downs in his first year before suffering the season-ending injury, but he also showed great poise and plenty of upside in the long-term for both fantasy and real life. Ryan Finley is expected to take over under center moving forward, which should lower the fantasy value of the rest of Cincy's offensive pieces.
Chicago Bears quarterbacks Nick Foles (hip) and Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) are still dealing with injuries, and head coach Matt Nagy has declined to name a starter for Week 12 against the division-rival Packers, saying that a quarterback change is still "on the table." Foles didn't suffer a major hip injury in last Monday night's loss to the Rams, but he wasn't playing well before his injury and the Bears could decide to make a change under center in order to turn their season around. If neither QB can go against Green Bay, it would likely be Tyler Bray receiving the start, which would be bad news for Chicago's pass-catchers. The Packers Defense will be a popular streaming option this week, while fantasy managers should treat Chicago's starter at QB, whoever that may be, as a desperation low-end QB2.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick had a team-high five receptions on eight targets for a team-high 119 receiving yards in the 20-13 win over the Dolphins in Week 11. His eight targets were also tied for the team lead on Sunday. It marked the third time this season that Patrick has gone over 100 yards receiving after doing it in back-to-back weeks in Weeks 4 and 6 against the Jets and Patriots. The 27-year-old has been targeted seven-plus times in each of the last three weeks, and he should continue to see a steady diet of targets in Week 12 against the Saints. New Orleans defense has been much more vulnerable through the air, and Denver will likely need to throw to stay in the game. Patrick will be a WR3/flex with some upside in Week 12.
Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay had a team-high 16 carries for 82 yards (5.1 yards per carry) in the Week 12 victory over the visiting Dolphins. Denver's rushing attack was the story in this game, as Lindsay and Melvin Gordon combined for 166 yards on the ground to control the clock. Lindsay had one more carry than Gordon, but Gordon managed to find the end zone twice. Still, it was a positive development for Lindsay. The 26-year-old saw his second-highest carry total of the season on Sunday after rushing the ball just 12 times in the previous two games combined. He'll be a low-upside RB3/flex next week against the Saints, though, as they've allowed a league-low three rushing scores all season. Plus, Lindsay hasn't been a factor in the passing attack with just two catches in seven games.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III was the offensive star of the game for Denver in the 20-13 Week 11 upset win over the Dolphins. The Broncos won with their rushing attack and their defense, and Gordon was a big part of that, rushing 15 times for 84 yards (5.6 yards per carry) and both of the team's touchdowns. The 27-year-old saw just 50 percent of the offensive snaps, but he made the most of his chances while still splitting time pretty evenly with teammate Phillip Lindsay. It was a great showing for Gordon, especially since he hadn't given his fantasy managers a touchdown since Week 7 against the Chiefs. But he'll go back to being a low-end RB2/high-end RB3/flex in Week 12 against a Saints Defense that has allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs in 2020.
Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock was 18-for-30 for 270 yards passing, no touchdowns and one interception in the Week 11 win over the Dolphins. He added two carries for 23 yards on the ground. The Broncos played with positive game script all day, meaning that Lock didn't need to attempt 40-plus passes for the first time since Week 6 against the Patriots. The second-year signal-caller threw an interception for the sixth straight week and has 11 interceptions and seven touchdowns through eight games. The 24-year-old will probably have to throw more often in a Week 12 meeting with the Saints, but Lock will still be a turnover-prone, low-end QB2 option for fantasy managers in superflex leagues.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) left in the second quarter of the Week 11 game due to a hamstring injury and missed most of the game. He'll have tests Monday, Nov. 23, to assess the injury.
Fantasy Spin: Jones has been hamstrung all season due to his limbs, and he's the WR27 in PPR formats - albeit in eight games. This is what you're going to have to deal with if you own him in his aging state. Check back later to see if we can get a clearer picture on his status.
Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was mostly absent in a Week 11 matchup against the Chiefs, catching one pass on his only target for five yards and getting one rushing attempt that went for 12 yards. Ruggs played in over half the team's snaps, but Derek Carr clearly did not look his way for the majority of the game. Ruggs has seen five targets in just one game this season, and he has failed to catch more than three passes in any game. He takes on a bad Falcons secondary next week, but he is mostly off the fantasy radar at this time.
Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow caught just two passes for 37 yards in a Sunday night loss against the Chiefs. This marks three straight games where Renfrow has had only two receptions. He also played in just 34 percent of snaps, which was his lowest since Week 8. Renfrow is a solid possession receiver that can move the chains, but his fantasy ceiling is incredibly low. He is averaging just three catches for about 43 yards per game and has found the end zone just two times all year. Renfrow will take on the Falcons next week, and it is reasonable to expect a similar performance.
Cleveland Browns pass-rusher Myles Garrett will miss the Week 12 game against the Jaguars after going on the COVID-19 list, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. Garrett was put on the COVID-19 list several days ago and also missed the Week 11 win over the Eagles. He'll now be hoping to return for a Week 13 matchup with the Titans on Dec. 6. Despite missing the game against the Eagles this past Sunday, Garrett remains No. 1 among defensive lineman in fantasy points. The 24-year-old has 31 combined tackles, seven tackles for loss, 14 QB hits, a league-high four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a league-high 9.5 sacks in nine games. Cleveland's defense will miss him again this week, but they are still a prime fantasy unit while facing Jacksonville.
Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett (illness) will miss Week 12 on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Fantasy Spin: Keep Garrett stashed as he's a top-five player at the position in IDP leagues.
The Philadelphia Eagles officially signed running back Jordan Howard to their practice squad on Monday. Howard was cut by the Dolphins last week after he rushed for 33 yards and four touchdowns on just 28 carries in five games for Miami after signing a one-year deal last offseason. He'll return to Philadelphia where he had 119 carries for 525 yards and six touchdowns in 10 games during the 2019 campaign. The 26-year-old has familiarity with the Eagles offense and will provide depth behind Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, rookie Jason Huntley, Corey Clement and Elijah Holyfield. Howard is strictly a depth piece for Philly right now and can be left on fantasy waiver wires.
Updating a previous report, free-agent RB Jordan Howard (Dolphins) signed with the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad Monday, Nov. 23.
Green Bay Packers LB Christian Kirksey was credited with 11 tackles (six solo) and an interception against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Nov. 22. He also initially looked to have returned a fumble for a touchdown, but the play was changed to an incomplete pass upon further review.
Green Bay Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling had three catches for 55 yards against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Nov. 22. He also lost a fumble.
Fantasy Spin: Valdes-Scantling made two big plays: 1) drawing a lengthy pass interference just before halftime that set up a Packers touchdown, and 2) a 47-yard catch to jumpstart their game-tying drive in the final minute. He also made one terrible mistake, however, as he fumbled the ball on the second play of overtime, leading to Indy's game-winning field goal. MVS' ability to work deep gives him decent upside potential from a flex slot most weeks.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson caught six of his eight targets for 44 yards in Week 11 against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Fantasy Spin: The Raiders did a good job of keeping the Chiefs in front of them for the majority of the game, and Robinson was no exception. Robinson also benefited from Mecole Hardman missing some time over the last two weeks due to being placed on the COVID list and Sammy Watkins (hamstring) being ruled out. Both players figure to be more active in practice this week, meaning Robinson can probably go back on the waiver wire in the majority of leagues.
Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams had seven receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Fantasy Spin: In six games since returning from injury, Adams has posted a 51-655-8 line; if you put that production on a 16-game pace you'd get 136-1,747-21. You can flip a coin between Adams and DeAndre Hopkins as to who is the top overall fantasy WR, but Adams is a weekly WR1.
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller pulled in all seven of his targets for 88 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 versus the Kansas City Chiefs.
Fantasy Spin: Waller needs to average five catches per game over the last six contests to match last year's total of 90. He has enjoyed positive touchdown regression this season, scoring for the fifth time this year in this one after posting three during last season's breakout. With George Kittle out indefinitely and players like Mark Andrews disappointing more often than not, Waller has emerged as the clear TE2 in fantasy behind Travis Kelce. He needs to remain in lineups in Week 12 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill tied a career high with 11 catches (on 14 targets) for 102 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Las Vegas Raiders. Hill also lost two yards on a pair of carries.
Fantasy Spin: The transformation Hill has made since entering the league as a bit of a raw gadget player has been amazing. The 26-year-old lived off the short stuff in this one - his long catch was for 14 yards - and has been doing so for over a month, yet he has six touchdowns over his last four contests. Hill gets a difficult matchup in Week 12 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he is pretty much a top 10 receiver play every week regardless of opponent.
Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams carried five times for 12 yards against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11. He also caught a four-yard touchdown pass.
Fantasy Spin: Williams didn't get a lot of work Sunday, which was a byproduct of Indy controlling the clock for much of the second half. He managed to provide a modest ROI with a late second-quarter touchdown, but it was well below what owners expect from Williams in terms of yardage. Williams is a possible flex against the Bears next Sunday night.