The Tennessee Titans’ biggest area of weakness in 2019 was the lack of a pass rush. The Titans’ biggest weakness in 2020 is also the lack of a pass rush.

Tennessee has several things that need to be addressed if the team is to be taken seriously in the playoffs — third-down defense and a weak secondary, to name a few.

But the inability to pressure Bengals’ quarterback Joe Burrow, who on Sunday was without four of his starting offensive linemen and had been sacked the most of any QB in the NFL (28) entering the game, shows just how lackadaisical Tennessee’s pass rush really is. Burrow sat back and threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns and was not sacked once.

Linebackers Jadeveon Clowney and Vic Beasley were brought in to get to the opposing quarterback but have failed to do so. Clowney, who has six QB hits and three tackles for loss, did have a few early chances at Burrow, but he whiffed on them all.

Harold Landry whiffed on three chances on the same play to bring Burrow down, along with cornerback Chris Jackson.

“[Quarterbacks are] athletic and we’re going to have to continue to take our chances and get them down,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “The quarterbacks in this league are going to be big and athletic, and I don’t know if we can get any more guys there.”

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