Oct 7, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) carries the ball during the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans Lose to Minnesota Vikings, Continue Downward Spiral


The Tennessee Titans watched their run game flounder again against the Minnesota Vikings as RB Chris Johnson was held to 24 yards and 15 carries. The game started off with a solid series for the Titans, but every other series was basically a 3-and-out.

The end score was Titans 7, Vikings 30.

The Minnesota Vikings struggled to get their run game going against a stout Titans front four, but as the game wore on and the Titans continued to be unsuccessful on the offensive side of the ball, the Viking wore down the Titans defense and broke off runs for big gains.

Titans RB Javon Ringer may be done for the season after sustaining what looked to be a very serious knee injury late in the 4th quarter. It’s sad to see that happen to such a nice and talented player. FS Michael Griffin was also temporarily sidelined, though he was able to return to the game.

QB Christian Ponder threw his first two picks of the season, one of which was Titans’ FS Robert Johnson’s first career pick. Ponder evaded Titans defenders all day, scrambling for 31 yards and only being sacked once.

Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck wasn’t capable off breathing life into the Titans offense. It didn’t help any that their run game went back to the same, ineffective thing it’s been for the past year. Everyone wants to blame it on CJ, but I’m definitely leaning towards it being something to do with Palmer’s scheme. It just doesn’t make sense.

The Vikings continue to climb in the rankings, standing at 4-1 now.

Rookie WR Kendall Wright ended the day with 9 receptions for 66 yards. When the game was basically out of reach, he seemed to be the only player on offense still playing with heart out there. The Titans definitely have some work to do if they want to turn this season around. Things seem to be sliding the wrong way as the Titans fall to 1-4.

I wish I had more answers for why things are going so wrong, but I don’t.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/james.stricklin.904 James Stricklin

    the only two people whoplayed well were mike martin ,and, kendall wright . the only reason wright did not have a longer catch is he had to help his qb , the man had the 1rst down and caught the ball 2 yards short of the stick ,and martin did rush the passer ,but everybody else got manhandled , even sen’derrick made a play , but it took untill after we were beaten to do this , are the coaches to blame ,or, is it the players ,last time i checked the players made the play not the coaches , you need toclean house titans ,or, fire a gm and owner, oh rats you cant , and thats why we will continue this ,oh puuuuuuuuuk , i meed some pepto i just threw up up on the titans.

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      Martin and Wright did play well. I thought the Titans LB’s did well too. Mouton played like crap and the run game fell apart again.

      I’ve got my thoughts on that coming up in the morning….

  • David F.

    Babineaux looked much better than Robert Johnson, and now I’m wondering why Griffin is on the field between the 3 of em. He missed tackles all day and that unnecessary roughness penalty was just plain stupid, especially considering the recent “investigation” the NFL is launching into Jerry Gray’s comments. I see a larger issue with coaching/schemes as well, and this may not be a quick fix by any means.