This game was just absolutely brutal from the aspect of the Tennessee Titans. At the end of the first half, the team trailed 17-3, and were out-gained 169-100. Not to mention that Chris Johnson had five carries for only tens yards — one carry was a season-high seven yards.
That is just the kind of day the Titans had, and they cannot afford to do it again. The performance was just brutal and embarrassing. Jake Locker had a terrible game and only made decent throws when he threw to ball away to avoid getting sacked.
You didn’t see a lot of Kenny Britt, after thinking he would come back healthy and extremely helpful. He didn’t. Nate Washington did end up seeing a little bit of light but by half time only had one reception. If it weren’t for Titan’s kicker Rob Bironas, the Titans would have been goose-egged going into halftime.
A touchdown in the third quarter finally put some more numbers up for the Titans: a Jake Locker pass to Kendall Wright for a 13-yard touchdown advanced the Titans score to 10. However the San Diego Chargers had 24 points on the board at this point.
Kamerion Wimbley and Will Witherspoon both made some big plays for the Titans, Witherspoon in due to an injured defense captain Colin McCarthy. But it was not enough today.
There was no stopping tight end Dante Rosario for the Chargers, even though he hasn’t been a factor for any team in about two years. He managed four receptions for 48 yards with three touchdowns.
Jake Locker’s final numbers? 15-for-30 for 174 yards and one touchdown. Not exactly the start he was looking for. Matt Hasselbeck saw no action. The final score of the game was 38-10.
For a team that needed to be worried about the opposed defense, it doesn’t look like Tennessee had all of their ducks in a row coming into this game. It was incredibly sloppy and the fact that the receivers were getting open the way they were for San Diego remains a mystery to me. Just because you focus on a team’s defense does not mean you let up on the offense.
Maybe they will savor a much-needed win next week against the Detroit Lions – and, at least the Titans will be back at home.