Titans wind up outcoached, outplayed in opening 38-13 loss


Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) sacks Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) and forces a fumble that the Cardinals recovered in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Outcoached. Outplayed. Beaten soundly. The Tennessee Titans just got a big ego check after being routed in their season opener.

Ryan Tannehill was sacked six times, fumbled twice and intercepted once as the defending AFC South champs found themselves smothered 38-13 by the Arizona Cardinals.

Coach Mike Vrabel says this is what happens in the NFL when you don’t play well.

This isn’t what the Titans expected after adding Julio Jones to an offense that was one of the league’s best in 2020. Tennessee also revamped the defense yet it struggled similar to last year’s unit. A trip to Seattle is next.

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