Nearly a week after a complete meltdown at the hands of arguably the worst team in the NFL, the Tennessee Titans beat a different division rival to keep their dreams of a playoff berth afloat. Mike Munchak told his team to forget about last week’s loss, and they listened. Although it wasn’t as pretty or as dominant as many would’ve liked, a win at this point of the season will be taken with open arms.
Matt Hasselbeck came back to life against a battered Jaguars secondary, and so did the offensive play calling. Last week’s game featured an extremely conservative plan that inevitably came back to haunt them. This game had no such thing. Hasselbeck took his shots downfield, with many going to tight end Jared Cook.
Cook has been a model of inconsistency ever since the Titans traded up for him in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Toward the end of last year he showed glimpses of ability, and today he showcased it. Cook broke loose from single coverage in the first quarter, and Hasselbeck hit him beautifully for a 55-yard hookup. He ended his day with 8 catches (on 8 targets) for 169 yards and a score.
The running game was, yet again, ineffective. With quarterback stability, though, it doesn’t always matter. Hasselbeck’s competence and Cook’s resurgence led to a much needed win for the Titans. They still need help to sneak in as the sixth spot in the AFC, but much stranger things have happened in the NFL. One more week left for the Titans, as they hope to get a playoff berth. Maybe with a little help from a modern-day Music City Miracle.