A strong defensive effort against the Rams showed that Tennessee can hang with the NFL’s best teams, even without Derrick Henry. Now the Titans own the AFC’s best record and have an easy schedule in front of them.
Kevin Byard crept closer to the line of scrimmage before the snap. The Titans safety recognized the Rams’ formation—a three-wideout, two-tight-end set with Robert Woods as the lone receiver split wide on the near side. Byard suspected that Los Angeles, reeling after Matthew Stafford’s pick on the previous drive, might try to go with a quick pass to open the series.
As soon as Stafford opened his shoulders to Woods, who was running a speed out to the right sideline, Byard broke on the throw, picked it off, and ran 24 yards to give the Titans a 14-3 lead.