Titans Defeat Ravens, 26-13

Photo: Ravens LB Ray Lewis greets LB Keith Bullock

With a finish that hardly anyone outside the fanbase expected, the Titans handed the Ravens a 13-point defeat in Head Coach Mike Munchak’s first win as a head coach. The Baltimore defense finished with a ‘zero’ in the sack column, allowing Matthew Hasselbeck to throw for 358 yards in the victory over the Ravens. WR Kenny Britt caught over 100 yards for the second game in a row, while WR Nate Washington finished only a yard short.

Titans fans, you officially have an offense.

Unfortunately, that offense doesn’t seem to include a flashy running game. Star contract-holder Chris Johnson got 24 carries and produced only 53 yards, against a very tough Ravens front 7. Backup RB Javon Ringer scored the Titans lone rushing touchdown, totaling 21 yards on 5 carries.

On defense, tackle Karl Klug and end Dave Ball both registered sacks as Derrick Morgan (2 tackles) and Jason Jones (1 tackle) made their 2011 debuts. CB’s Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner each picked off Ravens QB Joe Flacco. The overall effort and effectiveness from the defense certainly improved from the week 1 defeat in Jacksonville as the defense held Flacco to 15/32 for 197 yards. If that’s a star QB, Hasselbeck will win MVP. RB Ray Rice also found himself held in check by the now resilient Titans D. Rice finished with 13 carries for 43 yards, backup Ricky Williams totaled a mere 2 yards in 4 carries. Safety Jordan Babineaux started in place of Chris Hope. Babineaux finished with 2 tackles and 1 fumble recovery. Rookie Karl Klug also forced two fumbles.

After a an embarrassing loss to the New York Jets, the Jaguars don’t currently look capable of spending the entire season in the hunt for the AFC South Divisional Title. The Colts certainly don’t look the part, after losing to a bad Cleveland team 27-19 (though they did hold Peyton Hillis in check, surprisingly). This is the time to wonder. The Time to wonder how good the Titans 2011 season might really be.

Kicker Rob Bironas went 4/5 on field goals. In the future, the Titans will need to make those field goals turn into touchdowns.

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