Titans-Redskins play-call analysis

The Tennessee Titans' plan of attack against the Washington Redskins consisted of a healthy mix of the two-back and two-tight end sets almost exclusively, with a switch to three-wide receiver sets on third downs.

Jared Cook saw more action last week because of Craig Stevens' injury.

The two tight end set was adjusted somewhat with Craig Stevens out of the lineup with a knee injury. Jared Cook got his share of time there, but Tennessee also used backup tackle Mike Otto for a handful of plays as the second tight end. No passes were thrown Otto's way; he was in the game strictly as an extra blocker.

First down

Tennessee ran 23 first-down plays.

--The Titans had decent success on first down in the two-back set with Chris Johnson and Ahmard Hall. Tennessee had 45 yards on seven rushing attempts from this formation, and had even more success throwing before Vince Young was injured. Young was 4-for-4 for 85 yards here, while Rusty Smith was 0-for-1 with an interception.

--Using two tight ends, including Otto, the Titans ran the football seven times for 53 yards on first down. Only two passes were thrown from this set, but both were complete. The only drawback here was Young's 3-yard scramble that resulted in a lost fumble and killed Tennessee's first drive of the game deep in Redskins territory. Young also had an 11-yard run from this set on a scramble.

--The Titans went three-wide just once on first down and it resulted in a four-yard loss by Johnson.

--In the heavy package with two backs and two tight ends on the field (one of which was Otto), the Titans ran once for no gain.

Second down

Nate Washington caught a deep ball from Rusty Smith on one second-down play.

Tennessee ran 16 second-down plays

--In the two-back set, the Titans had limited success. They ran the ball just twice for 7 yards and completed one of two passes for 23 yards.

--From the two-tight end formation, the Titans had better luck on the ground. They gained 29 yards on three rushing attempts.

--In the three-receiver formation, Tennessee did not run the ball at all on second down. The Titans threw three times in this situation, completing two - including Rusty Smith's 52-yard bomb to Nate Washington.

Third down

Tennessee ran 11 third-down plays and converted three times.

--The Titans did not use the two-back set the entire game on third down Sunday.

--Likewise, the Titans used the two-tight end formation just once for a run of 2 yards.

--The Titans had issues on third down out of three-receiver package as well. Tennessee had just three completions on eight attempts for a meager 26 yards. There was also a third-down scramble from Young for 6 yards and a sack that lost 5 yards.

Play call tendencies

--First down: Run/pass ratio 16-7. The 16 runs gained 94 yards total, and that's not even including two more scrambles from Young that added 14 more yards. The Titans were also most effective through the air on first down, going 6-for-7 for 96 yards, but with one interception from Smith.

--Second down: Run/pass ratio 5-11. The imbalance here is somewhat tough to explain, given that the five runs netted 36 total yards. The pass attempts were 6-for-11 for 101 yards - certainly not bad numbers overall.

--Third down: Run/pass ratio 1-10. Third down was a major problem all around for the Titans on Sunday. The defense's woes have been well chronicled, but the offense had its problems as well. Tennessee completed just three of eight third-down passing attempts for 26 yards, plus one scramble for 6 yards and a sack that lost 5.

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