Oct 21, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) runs against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Titans beat the Bills 35-34. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
The Tennessee Titans won a wild one against the Buffalo BIlls this past Sunday and notched their first road win of the season, improving their record to (3-4).
– The run game exploded, as anticipated, and RB Chris Johnson ran for 195 yards and two touchdowns. CJ2K had one of his signature 83 yard touchdown runs, and a 16 yard touchdown run, that really showed his speed and burst around the edge. RB Jamie Harper also added two touchdown runs, each from one yard out.
-QB Matt Hasselback continued to manage the game and committed no turnovers, which is exactly what Tennessee needs him to do as he fills in for the injured Jake Locker. He needs to target WR Kenny Britt and TE Jared Cook more often.
– The Titans defense got shredded all day. Once again, the Titans greatly missed MLB Colin McCarthy and his presence in the middle. The Titans did, however, create two timely turnovers: the sack, fumble by DE Kamerion Wimbley, which led to points, and the interception by Jason McCourty, which put the Titans in position to take the lead at the end of the game.
They also made a timely 4th down stop at the end of the game when S Jason Babineaux was stunted and forced QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to thrown an incompletion. Outside of those three plays, it was more of the same; missed tackles, lack of QB pressures, and poor play from S Michael Griffin.
– The Titans are back home against the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday. It will be the second division foe they face this season, and the first time they see the number one overall pick, QB Andrew Luck. Both teams have three wins and the winner will move into second place in the AFC South.
-The Colts have one of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL, averaging 150+ yards allowed on the ground per game. Look for Chris Johnson to have another explosive game this Sunday.
-No battle of the young AFC South QB’s. The rivalry between Luck and Locker will have to wait. With Locker sitting again, veteran Matt Hasselback will get the start again at QB. Way to early to say, but when Locker is healthy again, look for this match-up to possibly resemble the old Manning vs. McNair match-ups.
This Sunday the Tennessee Titans will try to notch their 4th win of the season and move to a .500 record.