It looked great early. Even if you were only flipping through the channels, you could tell that the Titans were in charge of what would be a statement game. Once they won this game, they would be back in the race for the AFC South as well as manage to prove that the Bengals really weren’t a great team–doesn’t that seem to be the running opinion?
Then, the Bengals rallied. The Titans couldn’t stop them–for whatever reason. You could blame everyone from the owner down for that late defensive collapse, however it’s equally possible that it simply took a little bit for the Bengals to hit their stride. Let’s not fool ourselves, that’s a good team that the Titans lost to on Sunday.
A few highlights:
QB Matthew Hasselbeck threw 2 TD’s.
RB Chris Johnson (yes, that one) averaged 4.6 yards per carry. :0
WR Damian Williams had one of the best touchdown catches you will see all season, firmly but gingerly dropping his feet in the endzone at an angle any crique de solei (or however you spell that gibberish) performer would be jealous of.
WR Lavelle Hawkins added a touchdown to go along with 5 catches for 63 yards–by far his biggest game of the year.
Substitute SS Jordan Babineaux added 9 tackles. While it looks good, keep in mind it also means he got targeted more…good job to him on making the plays.
DT Shaun Smith recorded the only sack of the game for the Titans.
The Titans went 5/14 on third down (35%) while allowing 8/16 to the Bengals (50%).