Wow. Just wow. I don’t really even know what to say. That was one of the more nerve-racking games I can remember in recent history. Sarah, Jack and I didn’t sit the entire fourth quarter. And thank goodness for those prayers to the football Gods that Fiona was saying or we may not have pulled it out in the end. We didn’t deserve to win that game. Hell, neither did the Ravens. It was ugly and it was nasty, but the Titans took a big step in the right direction by reaching down deep (after about 100 penalties and some team in-fighting) to pull out a huge victory in Baltimore. 5-0 and I’m still in shock.
- First things first, what in the hell happened between Cortland Finnegan and Keith Bulluck? Finnegan seemed out of control their for a little bit (two incredibly stupid personal foul penalties) and I guess it was just Bulluck trying to keep him in check. I don’t have a problem with the fact that Finnegan got pushed by his own teammate, because he deserved it, but I wish that it wasn’t our team captain doing the pushing. Both of those guys are very intense, emotional players, but at some point, cooler heads have to prevail and you have to come together and take that stuff out on the other team. Thankfully we won, because if not, I could have seen this little altercation making way too much news during the off week. Love is love. It’s gonna be ok.
- Penalties were the reason that we almost lost this ball game. On the day, the Titans committed 10 penalties for 78 yards, including a couple of really dumb ones that helped extend Ravens drives. Luckily, the Ravens committed 11 penalties of their own for 91 yards, with a handful of them coming at the end of the game that really helped bail the Titans out.
- While we didn’t necessarily win the turnover battle (both QB’s threw two INT’s) our picks were more timely than the Ravens who’s came in the first quarter. The biggest of the day though was Nick Harper’s pick of Joe Flacco with under two minutes left to go in the game. The Titans had just taken their first lead of the game, and it was Harper who again this week, made the interception to help seal the victory. That now makes 10 interceptions for the Titans secondary, good for most in the league.
- It has become very apparent over the last two or three weeks that Chris Johnson is now the team’s feature back. He out-carried LenDale White yet again this week (18 to 3), and even though the yards weren’t really there against a stiff Ravens D, Johnson showed poise in getting the few yards he was able to manage, and got up time and time again after getting absolutely licked. I imagine he’s looking forward to the week off as much as anyone.
- WR Brandon Jones got the start today after Justin Gage was ruled out with a knee injury. Jones filled in quite well, catching three balls for 54 yards, and he would have had at least two more big gains if Collins would have put the ball in the right place. Nice to see Jones involved in the offense. The guy has always showed promise. Now it’s time to put that to good use.
- Well, well, well, look who scored his first TD in a Titans uniform. That’s right, TE Alge Crumpler. And to catch the game winner makes it that much better. I really wanted to do my usual “look for Alge Crumpler to finally get involved in the offense” spiel in my game preview, but I decided against it this week. Maybe I just won’t mention him anymore, because apparently opposing head coaches read this thing.
- If I have to see Ray “The Blade” Lewis do any more of his silly little dances I’m gonna be sick. He did have a couple of nice tackles on the day, but every time he’d get up and yell or dance or convulse like some sort of retarded gladiator or something. What a douche. Also, it was pointed out by Jack that he looked fat. Did anyone else notice that?
- Hate to say it Kellen, but how bout’ those Titans special teams? Chris Carr continues to show why the Titans brought him in this off-season as a return specialist. He had one kickoff return for 49 yards, and a punt return for 33 yards. He has improved each week, and if he can give them good field position to start with, it will only make the Titans that much scarier.
- Michael Phelps looked like a total wigger with his goofy sun shades, his crooked Lacoste hat and his number\\ 08 Ravens jersey (for his eight gold medals). He served as the honorary captain and sat with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. I love the guy (minus the Baltimore ties) but what a doofus.
- Today marked the first game that the Titans defense didn’t record a sack. In fact, they barely rattled Flacco all day. Good thing he’s not that good.
All in all, it was an incredible win. Nothing about it was pretty, but we don’t win pretty football games. Definitely one of the more satisfying that I can remember. And the bye couldn’t have come at a better time. The Titans should take this time to rest, get healthy, and kiss and make up. The Chiefs will be waiting for us on the other side of the bye.
Tags: Alge Crumpler Baltimore Ravens Brandon Jones Chris Carr Chris Johnson Cortland Finnegan Joe Flacco Justin Gage Kansas City Chiefs Keith Bulluck Kerry Collins Lacoste LenDale White Michael Phelps Nick Harper Ray Lewis Steve Bisciotti Tennessee Titans