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Week 15 Game Recap: Tennessee Titans 17, New York Giants 0


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Tennessee Titans

With sloppy weather conditions, the Titans offense was dominated by Derrick Henry for the second week in a row as Henry touched the ball 34 times, rushing 170 yards and two touchdowns. Marcus Mariota completed just 12 passes for 88 yards with no meaningful production to speak of going to his wide receivers or tight ends.

New York Giants

- The Giants offensive line took a step back on Sunday in the wet conditions. There was no room for Barkley to work with on the ground and Manning was pressured heavily in this game. - Manning had a very sloppy day through the air and turnovers were a big issue. He struggled without Beckham. Engram did a respectable job filling in but nobody else really contributed much.

Tennessee Titans

QB Marcus Mariota, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 12 - 20 - 88 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 11 - 0
Marcus Mariota was limited to less than 100 passing yards for the second time this season as the Titans ran the ball on over two-thirds of their plays with the passing offense an afterthought in this game plan. With sloppy weather, it was befitting for the Titans to focus on their ground game in this one. Mariotaís long pass of the game went for just 17 yards to Corey Davis on the second drive of the game. Outside of that, Mariota rarely even tried to push the ball downfield. He would tuck it and run from the read option to start off their second drive of the game, flashing his speed to pick up 11 yards for his longest run of the game. Mariota should have scored a rushing touchdown from the goal line on that same drive, but he fell victim to a poor spot and yielded to a Derrick Henry rushing touchdown. Outside of the first couple of possessions, highlights were few and far between for Mariota and this passing offense.

RB Derrick Henry, 49 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 1 - 6 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 33 - 170 - 2, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (1 targets)
This game was all Derrick Henry for the second week in a row as he finished an astounding 33 carries while the Titans ran on over two-thirds of their offensive plays. Henry got the start and had a productive run with his first touch by making great reads to weave his way through the defense for 10 yards. He would follow that up with a couple of powerful six-yard runs up the middle. The second drive of the game is where Henry would find paydirt on a powerful run from the goal line on fourth down as he cut left away from the center of the pile to easily drive the ball into the end zone for his tenth rushing touchdown of the season. Henry would showcase his powerful running style throughout this game as he consistently evaded tacklers to pick up yards after contact. He found the end zone a second time from the goal line late in the third quarter as he continued to pile on yards. Henry even completed a six-yard pass to Tajae Sharpe in the first quarter to add another dimension to his stat line.

RB Dion Lewis, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 35 - 0, Rec: 3 - 9 - 0 (3 targets)
Dion Lewis was minimally involved in the offense as he only saw seven carries and three targets with Derrick Henry dominating the game plan. Highlights were few and far between, with his only impressive run coming midway through the fourth quarter as Lewis showed great vision by cutting to the right side to evade defenders as he accelerated his way to a 17-yard gain. He followed that up with another impressive run of 11 yards as these were his only two gains of more than seven yards.

WR Corey Davis, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 33 - 0 (6 targets)
Corey Davis was held in check with the poor weather and low volume passing attack in this game. He led the team in targets with six, but only managed to haul in three of them for 33 yards. Two of his three receptions came on the second drive of the game, with one going for 17 yards as the longest pass play of the game as Davis did a great job hauling in the reception while falling to the ground to convert on a long third down.

WR Taywan Taylor, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 17 - 0 (5 targets)
Taywan Taylor was targeted five times but managed to bring in just two of them for 17 yards. Both of his receptions came on the first two passes of the game as he caught the first one for 14 yards, doing a nice job getting out of coverage and coming back to the ball. The second reception would be a short one for just three yards. Taylorís third target came on that same drive, but thanks in part to the wet weather, Taylor allowed the ball to slip right through his hands to waste what could have been a first down conversion that otherwise ended the drive. Taylor did see a deep target in the end zone on the next drive, but Mariota overthrew him with no chance for Taylor to make a play.

WR Tajae Sharpe, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (1 targets)
Tajae Sharpe was targeted just one time as he hauled it in for six yards. That one target actually came from Derrick Henry, meaning Marcus Mariota did not even look his way once as Sharpe is still playing limited snaps in recovery from his ankle injury.


New York Giants

QB Eli Manning, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 44 - 229 - 0 TD / 1 INT
Eli Manning did not play well on Sunday against the Titans. The conditions were quite poor in the rain, the Giants were unable to run the ball and he was without Beckham. This left Manning in a difficult spot that he was unable to overcome. He took many sacks and had many turnover worthy throws. Several passes bounced right off the hands of titan defenders and he fired several wild passes to avoid the rush. Manning looked jittery in the pocket and checked passes down short for the most part. He had several passes dropped by his receivers which further damaged any fantasy potential. Manning had some occasions to look downfield and try to hit a big play but he often threw these attempts out of bounds. He had a poor fumble in the Giants own 20 yard line which sealed the fate for his team. A sloppy performance overall, there was just not many bright points to highlight in this game. Manning had a few pass attempts in the redzone in garbage time to try and salvage a touchdown but they often fell short or were inaccurate.

RB Saquon Barkley, 65 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 31 - 0, Rec: 4 - 25 - 0 (10 targets)
Saquon Barkley had a quiet day by his standards against the Titans in a wet game on Sunday. The Giants did not stay committed to the running game and quickly devolved into a "pass happy" mode that left Barkley with only 14 carries. The passing game provided no balance for the ground attack and defenders were quick to swarm Barkley when he got a carry. The offensive line did not play as well as it had in previous games and Barkley struggled to find gaps to run through. He had a few dropped passes but these were for very short potential gains. Barkley had a pitch rightside blow up in his face, tried to reverse direction and took a big loss which summed up the type of game he was having. There was little work he had to work with and the Titans did not respect Manning's ability to test them deep. Defenders were getting into the backfield quickly and then the Giants abandoned the running game more as time went on.

WR Sterling Shepard, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 37 - 0 (9 targets)
Sterling Shepard managed only 2 balls despite 9 targets and was relatively invisible in this game for the most part. He was targeted on a deep ball early in the game which he should have caught but it fell incomplete. There was a little interference on the play but no flag was thrown. Shepard was wide open on a corner route along the sideline and made a terrific catch while staying in bounds but this was his only highlight for the day. He had no gain on a stop route at the line of scrimmage and couldn't scoop up a low ball from Manning late in the game. The Giants passing game was in a poor state on Sunday with the weather and mediocre play from Manning which hurt the fantasy production of Shepard.

WR Russell Shepard, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 28 - 0 (4 targets)
Russell Shepard couldn't produce on Sunday against the Titans with all the offensive problems the Giants had to contend with. Shepard had a nice jumping catch along the sideline from Manning but really contributed very litte outside of this. He should not be started in any fantasy league and isn't worth owning right now.

WR Corey Coleman, 22 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (2 targets)
Corey Coleman just shouldn't be owned or started in any fantasy league right now. He had a nice catch on a slant against double coverage over the middle, doing well to secure the ball before a big hit in wet conditions. Coleman had a chance at a redzone touchdown pass but the pass was inaccurate and he fell over on the out route.

TE Evan Engram, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 75 - 0 (12 targets)
Evan Engram was the only real legitimate threat the Giants had in the passing game that looked woeful overall on Sunday. Engram did his part as best he could however and it showed. Engram was the focus of many pass attempts and he gave full effort after every catch. His hands were very reliable and consistently good despite the wet weather. Engram had terrific catch and runs for first downs throughout the game that kept the Giants moving at times. He made leaping grabs on the sideline, tough catches over the middle and used his speed to get open. Engram was open at the end of the game in the corner of the endzone but the pass was too late and underthrown which caused it to fall incomplete. Eli Manning did not play well enough to provide good value for any Giants player on Sunday but Engram managed to be the leading receiver and he deserves credit to perform with all the adverse conditions thrown his way.