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Tennessee Titans defense was elite at preventing ‘explosive plays’ in 2018

There were some memorable big plays the Tennessee Titans defense let up in 2018, but overall the team’s defense was among the league’s best at preventing “explosive plays.”

ESPN’s NFL Matchup defines “explosive plays” as running plays that produce 11 yards or more, and passes that gain 15 yards or more.

In that metric, the Titans’ defense ranked No. 5 in the NFL last season with 117 explosive plays allowed.

As you can see, the AFC South as a whole was excellent at limiting big plays. The Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 2), the Houston Texans (tied for No.