"Negative plays can't happen", Lewan said.
Running back Derrick Henry ran for 63 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, but he was quiet - and not utilized much - in the first half. With a defense as talented as the Panthers, the conversions of third downs will be crucial to winning this game.
They'll nearly certainly do so effectively.
Defensively, the Titans made key plays against the Bucs when they needed to the most. That's a testament to McCaffrey's effectiveness, even without Cam Newton distracting defenses. Per Will Bryan of the Panthers stats team, this is McCaffrey's sixth game this season with at least 150 yards from scrimmage, which ties Jim Brown (1963) and Matt Forte (2011) as the only players with 150 scrimmage yards in six of the first eight games of a season. The Panthers have recorded 10 interceptions thus far in 2019, tied for second in the National Football League, and often have given the ball back to the offense with favorable field position.
Tannehill completed 27-of-39 passes for 331 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran for a score. He runs the ball well. Linebacker Luke Kuechly is a monster in the middle. The star again has registered 735 speeding yards in just seven video games so considerably, adding 343 acquiring yards. The Panthers' D allows 4.98 yards per carry, which is really bad. McCaffrey has registered 10 full touchdowns so significantly this yr. Coming off the heels of two wins, the Titans are rolling.
Succop was wide left on a 43-yard field goal on the team's first possession, and the Titans were flagged for three penalties on the offensive line (two on Taylor Lewan, one on Nate Davis) to derail the team's second possession. Rivera knows his team is having flashbacks to last year's Pittsburgh game that torpedoed the second half of Carolina's season, and he'll make sure they're more prepared after Sunday's beatdown at the hands of the 49ers.
Sunday's performance was yet another reminder the team needs to improve if things are going to be interesting in December. It's hard to be frustrated with this defense because of what they're tasked with.
Titans: Host the Chiefs on Sunday before getting a bye. He can do it all - running, catching, be physical in blocking - so I think he's the total package at running back, and he's been doing a great job.
Brendan Marks is a general assignment sports reporter for the Charlotte Observer covering the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, NASCAR and more. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has worked for the Observer since August 2017.