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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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