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

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Tennessee Titans: Studs, Duds, Grades and Reaction vs Chargers

Sep 22, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington (85) slips a tackle attempt by San Diego Chargers cornerback Johnny Patrick (26) during the first half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Chargers 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Locker
Locker wasn’t perfect. He was good enough when it mattered most. Locker completed 23-of-37 for 299 yards with one passing touchdown. Add on five carries for 68 yards and a designed seven-yard touchdown run? Not a bad game.

What made him stud-worthy was his 10-play, 94-yard game-winning touchdown drive with 2:05 remaining. It almost ended in disaster when Delanie Walker dropped a pass and it bounced into the air for a possible interception. Fortunately, Walker broke it up. The drive continued.

All Titans enthusiasts needed to see this type of drive from Locker. He came through in the clutch. Because of that, the Titans improved to 2-1.

Nate Washington
Locker needed a wide receiver to step up. That’s what Washington did. Washington had eight receptions for 131 yards. He almost had another deep reception but he couldn’t keep both feet inbounds. Locker was targeting him all day in an effort to pick up key first downs.

Justin Hunter
Hunter made his first career NFL reception when he caught the game-winning 34-yard touchdown with 15 seconds remaining. Earlier in the game, Hunter dropped a pass when it appeared like he was interfered in the end zone. During that last drive, Hunter was on the field while Kenny Britt was watching from the sideline.

Defense
It wasn’t any individual player who stood out. Excluding the first drive, the entire group played solid football with the exception of some penalties. They held Philip Rivers to fewer than 200 passing yards. They did surrender a touchdown and a couple other big receptions to tight ends.

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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.