Duds (Part I)
The stat line was ugly enough: 17-of-29 for 171 yards with three fumbles and two interceptions. There were at least three other passes that should’ve been easy interceptions. The offense scored six points.
That was a bad performance, however, his “hero mode” pass to Nate Washington was enough to get him this dud honor. Down 13-10, Fitzpatrick’s first pass attempt of the fourth quarter is to a wide receiver who Richard Sherman had blanketed.
Easy interception, easy seven points, game basically out of reach.
Just think: Buffalo Bills fans had to put up with this for four years, telling themselves that Fitzpatrick would eventually break out of those awful trends of fourth quarter breakdowns. It didn’t happen there and it hasn’t happened with a new coaching staff.
Kern dropped his second punt snap in four games. That set the Seahawks up in field-goal range. Fortunately, the defense keeps bailing him out. It almost helped them because it put the Seahawks in that scenario where they didn’t have their normal kicker or place-holder.
Twelve carries for 33 yards. In the last three games, Johnson has 37 carries for 71 yards.
At the least, this lack of production is a combination of things (horrible run-blocking, doesn’t fit the interior ground-game scheme that Loggains wants to implement, some east-to-west and backward running). Things won’t get any easier against the San Francisco 49ers defense.
So the Titans are facing a 3rd-and-1. Johnson was banged up and needed a rest. The Titans can either throw the football or attempt to pick up that yard with Darius Reynaud.
Loggains went with Reynaud running into the teeth of the Seahawks defense. They didn’t even attempt to run outside; just another predictable in-between the tackles play.