Highlights, lowlights from Monday Night Football in Denver
UP — A.J. Bouye’s initial mark. Denver’s new No. 1 cornerback Bouye made his presence felt on the first series with a pass break-up against A.J. Brown on third down in order to force a Titans punt. Unfortunately, he missed the second half due to a shoulder injury.
DOWN — Botched exchange. The Broncos picked up a quick first down on their opening drive, but then got lucky when Drew Lock averted a turnover off a bobbled snap from rookie center Lloyd Cushenberry.
UP — Ojemudia’s pass break-up. Rookie cornerback Michael Ojemudia, making his first NFL start, recorded his first professional pass break-up on Jonnu Smith on the fringe of the red zone… and Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a 47-yard attempt the next play.
DOWN — Vannett’s first catch. In his first reception as a Bronco after signing with Denver as a free agent in the offseason, tight end Nick Vannett was blasted for a six-yard loss on a tight end screen pass that went nowhere, fast.
UP — Fant looks primed. After leading all rookie tight ends in yards and receptions last year, Noah Fant caught Denver’s first touchdown of the season as he tied a career high with five receptions in the first half.
DOWN — Denver’s first turnover. With 11:44 to play in the first half, Denver coughed up the ball for the first time this season as Melvin Gordon fumbled off a tailback swing pass in the flat and the Titans recovered.
DOWN — Jones’ mental mistake. The next drive, second-year pro Dre’Mont Jones handed the Titans an easy first down on third-and-5 in the red zone when he was fooled by Ryan Tannehill’s hard count and flagged for a neutral zone infraction.
DOWN — Missed opportunity. Late in the first half, Lock overlooked a wide-open Jake Butt in the end zone on a play-action pass, and then proceeded to overthrow Vannett. The Broncos were stuffed on their next two plays to turn the ball over at the goal line.
UP — Harris’ clutch block. After kicking inconsistencies last season motivated the Titans to add Gostkowski to their roster this month, their field goal problems continued as Shelby Harris blocked Gostkowski’s kick with less than a minute to play in the opening half.
DOWN — Jeudy’s drops. The Broncos got the ball to start the second half, but their drive stalled out quickly when Lock’s pass to Jeudy on a crossing route on third-and-3 went off Jeudy’s hands. He finished with two drops.
DOWN — Johnson’s poorly-timed penalty. Rookie Michael Ojemudia appeared to have his first career interception, but the play was negated as Alexander Johnson was flagged for unnecessary roughness away from the ball.
UP — Gostkowski misses again. On his way to a pink slip after Week 1, Gostkowski missed an extra point following Tennessee’s second touchdown as the Titans (NFL-low 8 field goals made in 2019) saw the momentum swing.
UP — Gordon’s spark. With Phillip Lindsay ruled out with a foot injury, Melvin Gordon gave the Broncos a spark on their opening drive of the fourth quarter with a 25-yard run that gave Denver its first first down of the second half.
UP — Martin’s beauty. Broncos punter Sam Martin, who calls his directional punting “throwing darts,” pinned the Titans on their own 4-yard line with one of those punts late in the fourth quarter.