Skeptics were doubtful about the Tennessee Titans when Jake Locker was lost with a sprained hip. Some people believed that Ryan Fitzpatrick wouldn’t prevent this team from losing three consecutive games to a trio of opponents that included the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
The Titans are two-thirds of the way there. Despite a gusty effort, the Titans couldn’t end the Seahawks’ NFL-leading 10-game home winning streak at CenturyLink Field. Tied 10-10 after three quarters, the Seahawks scored 10 consecutive points en route to a 20-13 victory.
Fitzpatrick had a rough game that included inaccurate passes and two or three dropped interceptions. He completed 17-of-29 for 171 yards with two interceptions. His second interception came on his first attempt of the fourth quarter. Once again, Fitzpatrick went into hero mode as he tried to go deep to Nate Washington in 1-of-1 coverage. Unfortunately, Richard Sherman was in perfect position for the interception. The Seahawks turned that into seven points.
The Titans’ only touchdown came on a Seahawks special teams blunder. After kicker Steven Hauschka was knocked out of the second quarter with an injury, Jon Ryan went from place holder to field-goal kicker. The new place holder, Chris Maragos, botched the hold, fumbled it backward, and Jason McCourty returned it for a 77-yard touchdown with no time remaining in the first half. The Titans had a 10-7 lead.
The Seahawks out-gained the Titans in total yardage, 404-223. They had more first downs, 24-13. Each team had two turnovers. Seattle had nearly seven minutes more time-of-possession.
The Titans dropped to 3-3. They’ll host the San Francisco 49ers before their Week 8 bye. The Titans hope that Locker will return for a Week 9 meeting against the Jeff Fisher-led St. Louis Rams.
The Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars both lost their games. The Indianapolis Colts will play the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football. If the Colts win, they’ll have a two-game lead over the Titans for the AFC South lead.
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SOURCES: ESPN BOX SCORE