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Tennessee Titans beat Denver Broncos, pass rush menaces Russell Wilson

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NASHVILLE — Now that it’s officially cold-weather season in Nashville, the Tennessee Titans are back in their element.

Behind a dominant defensive showing and a few timely scores, the Titans outlasted the Denver Broncos in a 17-10 comeback win. The Titans (6-3) trailed 10-0 late in the second quarter but thundered ahead with a persistent pass rush and an offense that took advantage of the few opportunities it needed.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill returned for the Titans after missing two games with an ankle injury. He threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns with 11 rushing yards. Wide receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine was his favorite target, catching five passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, including a 63-yard score on a third-quarter flea flicker.

Wilson led the Broncos into the red zone with less than a minute remaining. Just as was the case in early-season wins over the Las Vegas Raiders and Washington Commanders, the Titans held on, this time thanks to a third-down sack-fumble forced by Rashad Weaver that marooned the Broncos in 4th-and-13. Following an offsides penalty, Wilson threw an interception to end the game.

Tennessee Titans defensive end DeMarcus Walker (95) sacks Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the third quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Playing despite the pain

The Titans’ defense was undermanned Sunday, playing without regular starters Jeffery Simmons, Bud Dupree, Kristian Fulton, Amani Hooker and Zach Cunningham and losing linebacker David Long Jr. to injury in the third quarter.

Despite playing without half of its starting unit, the Titans defense still showed out, especially when it came to pressuring Wilson. The Titans only sacked Wilson six times, but accounted for 17 quarterback hits, forcing the veteran QB out of rhythm and preventing the Broncos from setting up plays deep downfield.

Story Credit: usatoday.com

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