Tennessee Titans: Studs, Duds, Grades & Reaction vs San Diego Chargers

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Tennessee Titans: Studs, Duds, Grades & Reaction vs San Diego Chargers

Sep 22, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter (15) catches a pass for the winning touchdown against San Diego Chargers cornerback Crezdon Butler (20) during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Chargers 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

10-game home-opener winning streak for the Pittsburgh Steelers? Snapped! Nine-game losing streak to the San Diego Chargers? Snapped!

Breaking trends. That’s what the Tennessee Titans have done for two of the first three weeks of the 2013-14 NFL season. On Sep. 22, the Titans defeated the Chargers for the first time since 1992. Jake Locker led a 94-yard touchdown drive en route to a 20-17 victory. The Titans improved to 2-1. The Chargers fall to 1-2.

It was a sloppy game that featured blocked field goals, muffed punt snaps, dropped passes, Philip Rivers getting flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and nearly one dozenpenalties from Tennessee. The Titans continued their defensive trend of surrendering a touchdown on the opening possession. After that, they held the Chargers to 10 points for the rest of the game. Three of those points came on the bobbled punt snap.

The Titans join the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans with 2-1 records. The Jacksonville Jaguars started their season with a third consecutive loss. They’re the early-season favorite to win the No. 1 pick. Don’t expect the Jaguars to win more than four games. Even that’s a stretch.

Let’s check out some of the Titans’ studs and duds from this Week 2 matchup. We’ll conclude with a grade for the pass offense, run offense, pass defense, run defense and special teams.


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  • Modesto Koczwara

    I was glad Jake Locker was finally allowed to run, and Justin Hunter (Kenny Britt’s clone) catching his first ever TD on a gousous play, although I can see CJ is not running the ball with the same explosiveness he once ran with which is disheartening.

  • Mechguy

    So I am gonna assume you take back everything you said about Locker earlier in the year. He came to play and his athleticism won this game. He is starting to make better decisions and you can see the improvement in him. He wont be perfect the rest of the year,,, he still needs some polishing but his talent is real and Fitz needs to stay on the bench. Uhhh ,,,,, Like I said earlier.

    • Joshua Huffman

      What exactly would I take back?

      • Mechguy

        Your constant criticism of his lack of performance under pressure, his slow learning and I quote “There’s a belief that Jake Locker doesn’t make good decisions on the football field.”
        I think he did pretty well under pressure there today and he made the right decisions.

        • Joshua Huffman

          For the most part, Locker made good decisions today except for that fumble when he didn’t switch it to his other arm. Luckily, Titans recovered it. Otherwise, you’d still be hearing about Locker and whether he’d ever get the job done in the fourth quarter.

          Can he (and his teammates) do that consistently? Hopefully. Jets/Chiefs/Seahawks/49ers will provide much better defensive tests.

          • Mechguy

            I think the fans know we aren’t there yet,,,what they want to see is a good football team that’s improving and providing them entertainment. I don’t think even the most optimistic fan thinks we will beat top five teams consistently, but we are better then last year and improving. That’s what I want to see. I want to be able to show my face as a titan fan,,,,, not be a Jag with a bag over my head. I think we have a shot at playoffs this year. We will see.