Titans Fall to 5-5: Playoff Hopes Still Alive


Titans suffered another loss Sunday to the Falcons but got a glimpse of a promising future Courtesy: Jacksonsun.com

It was a tough loss felt by all Titans fans. The stagnant offense was a far cry from what it was the previous week when the Titans thoroughly stomped the Panthers 30 – 3. It wasn’t until Hasselbeck was injured late in the 3rd that the Titans were actually able to move the ball offensively. Rookie QB rallied the Titans to just a 7 point deficit after he threw for 2 touchdowns, one being in the third and the next in the fourth quarter. The Titans defense was unfortunately unable to stop the Falcons defense from converting a 3rd down late in the 4th that would have given the Titans the ball back with just under two minutes, a possession they could have used to push the game into overtime. The Titans playoff chances took a hit with that loss, but they aren’t out of the race yet.

This Sunday the Titans will face the 4-6 Buccaneers at LP Field. The Buccaneers have been struggling lately and the Titans will look to capitalize on that as they fight for a playoff spot. The Buccaneers losses have only been to teams that everyone should expect to see in the playoffs. That makes things a little more scary for the Titans, especially as they Titans were barely able to muster any offense behind a healthy Hasselbeck. This week Hasselbeck will most likely be playing with a slight muscle strain. It’s still a winnable game though.

The Titans had a few bright spots in an otherwise dim game against the Falcons this past week. Rookie MLB Colin McCarthy got a healthy dose of playing time again as Ruud’s injury flared up. During the first offensive series for the Falcons while Ruud was still in, Tony Gonzalez recorded 3 of his 5 total receptions on the day and his only touchdown. McCarthy forced the fumble which lead to the Titans giving the Falcons a run for their money at the end of the game. His solid game play is hopefully an indicator of years of great play to come at the MLB position with him there. He’s putting in the work to take away the starting position from Ruud and is looking to start this next week as Ruud is likely to be out with his injury. Another rookie who put  in a solid performance was the future franchise QB Jake Locker. Locker was in for just over a quarter and he threw for 140 yards on 9 completions and threw 2 TD’s. Unfortunately none of this was enough for the Titans to overcome the Falcons early lead.

Right now the Titans are still right in the middle of the race for the wildcard spot in the playoffs, along with the Jets, Broncos, Bengals, Ravens, and the Raiders among a few others. The Titans have beaten both the Broncos and the Ravens and really should have beaten the Bengals. The Titans biggest problem their facing right now that would keep them from making it to the playoffs is their run game. Without CJ putting up at least some above average yardage the Titans have no chance of making it. The blocking has to get better and CJ has to be more decisive. If that can happen the passing game will most certainly pick up and the Titans actually have a chance of making a playoff push. The question is, will the running game get better this season? That remains to be seen.

 

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  • fergusonsarah

    The other possible conclusion one might draw is that the money set aside for a shortstop might well be applied to a corner outfielder’s salary. More on that next time.

  • fergusonsarah

    The other possible conclusion one might draw is that the money set aside for a shortstop might well be applied to a corner outfielder’s salary. More on that next time.

  • David Matthew Melville

    Still alive but I think the team looked a lot better with Locker out there but I really liked what we saw in that brief showing especially the mobility. I think it is time to bench CJ0K and start ringer clearly the guy has gotten his money and his desire is now gone. Should have gone the Albert Haynesworth route with this guy.

  • Richard Adkins

    doubt it they might blow it sunday

  • Richard Adkins

    i agree david. vince young and cj did well cause vy is mobile. same will happen with locker and cj

  • David Matthew Melville

    Still alive but I think the team looked a lot better with Locker out there but I really liked what we saw in that brief showing especially the mobility. I think it is time to bench CJ0K and start ringer clearly the guy has gotten his money and his desire is now gone. Should have gone the Albert Haynesworth route with this guy.

  • Richard Adkins

    doubt it they might blow it sunday

  • Richard Adkins

    i agree david. vince young and cj did well cause vy is mobile. same will happen with locker and cj

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    It’s hard to run when your line won’t block. That’s a fact.

  • David Matthew Melville

    I know the Titan’s line isn’t that great but I don’t think that is why CJ is struggling. CJ is struggling because his desire is gone. He got paid and he isn’t putting near the effort he used to. I would like to see Ringer get a crack at it the next few weeks (oh how I wish we had kept Blount) see if he has anything and seriously consider cutting CJ next year.

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    I completely disagree my friend. The O-line has been horrific at run blocking. Not saying I don’t want to see Ringer and Harper getting more carries (because I do), but this o-line isn’t gonna do anyone any favors this season. It needs to be restructured and needs some better players on it. Here is an article you should check out : https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/11/23/re-focused-titans-falcons-week-11/

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    ^ they study tape really well and have some really good stats. One of my favorite sites.

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    It’s hard to run when your line won’t block. That’s a fact.

  • David Matthew Melville

    I know the Titan’s line isn’t that great but I don’t think that is why CJ is struggling. CJ is struggling because his desire is gone. He got paid and he isn’t putting near the effort he used to. I would like to see Ringer get a crack at it the next few weeks (oh how I wish we had kept Blount) see if he has anything and seriously consider cutting CJ next year.

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    I completely disagree my friend. The O-line has been horrific at run blocking. Not saying I don’t want to see Ringer and Harper getting more carries (because I do), but this o-line isn’t gonna do anyone any favors this season. It needs to be restructured and needs some better players on it. Here is an article you should check out : https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/11/23/re-focused-titans-falcons-week-11/

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    ^ they study tape really well and have some really good stats. One of my favorite sites.

  • David Matthew Melville

    Thanks for the link but if all that were true then how come Ringer how seems to have better success. Also I have watched Johnson run and there just seems to be a real laid back approach to his running. If you watch game tapes of him in his 2k year and this year there is a large difference in his running. If you watch Foster for the Texans run there is hunger there is aggression and you watch CJ it is like eh ok my blocks suck let me fall down. Remember Sanders had all that success behind a very inferior Lions line.

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    “Seems.” <– Not everything is as it appears.

  • David Matthew Melville

    but somethings are

  • David Matthew Melville

    Thanks for the link but if all that were true then how come Ringer how seems to have better success. Also I have watched Johnson run and there just seems to be a real laid back approach to his running. If you watch game tapes of him in his 2k year and this year there is a large difference in his running. If you watch Foster for the Texans run there is hunger there is aggression and you watch CJ it is like eh ok my blocks suck let me fall down. Remember Sanders had all that success behind a very inferior Lions line.

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    “Seems.” <– Not everything is as it appears.

  • David Matthew Melville

    but somethings are

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    Ha ha

  • David Matthew Melville

    I was just watching a play on last weeks game and I wish I could be sure exactly when it the game it was but it makes my point exactly. There was a play when Locker handed off to Johnson and there was just a wide wide hole for him to run through but Johnson just coasted into the hole and right when he should have made his one cut and go which I have seem him do countless times in previous seasons he got hit and taken down immediately. I think the best way to describe is that Johnson has run this entire year in 3rd to 4th gear and has lacked that burst the 5th gear that makes him special. To me that is desire more then the O-line which is disappointing big time.

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    Ha ha

  • David Matthew Melville

    I was just watching a play on last weeks game and I wish I could be sure exactly when it the game it was but it makes my point exactly. There was a play when Locker handed off to Johnson and there was just a wide wide hole for him to run through but Johnson just coasted into the hole and right when he should have made his one cut and go which I have seem him do countless times in previous seasons he got hit and taken down immediately. I think the best way to describe is that Johnson has run this entire year in 3rd to 4th gear and has lacked that burst the 5th gear that makes him special. To me that is desire more then the O-line which is disappointing big time.

  • Richard Adkins

    guys same offensive line we had last year with young. just i guess when it comes down to it. it just goes to show you than vince young mobility and greatness made the line look decent

  • Richard Adkins

    that vince young i meant

  • Richard Adkins

    guys same offensive line we had last year with young. just i guess when it comes down to it. it just goes to show you than vince young mobility and greatness made the line look decent

  • Richard Adkins

    that vince young i meant

  • Drake

    If we do not make the playoffs which we probably will, yet this has been a great learning experience for Jake Locker! :)

  • Drake

    If we do not make the playoffs which we probably will, yet this has been a great learning experience for Jake Locker! :)

  • Drake

    Ironically, Hasselbeck lead a 4th Q come back today.

  • Drake

    Ironically, Hasselbeck lead a 4th Q come back today.

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