Tennessee Titans: Bengals Down the Titans, 33-7


CINCINNATI, OH – It was a frustrating day for the Tennessee Titans as they lost their second straight game of the 2014 NFL season. The Cincinnati Bengals down the Titans by the score of 33-7. With the loss, the Titans fall to 1-2 on the season and are now two games back from the Houston Texans in the AFC South division. Sep 21, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) throws a pass as he is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Emmanuel Lamur (59) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

There were several scoring opportunities missed by the Titans in the first half. Ryan Succop missed two makeable field goals in the first quarter. The first attempt came from just 40-yards, with a result of a hard push to the right. The second attempt came from 44 yards, and landed a near exact same location.

It was a miserable game for Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker. Locker completed 17-of-34 passes for 185 yards, and threw two interceptions. One of the interceptions came after an attempt in the endzone to put the Titans on the board for the first time in game, late in the 2nd quarter.

Titans’ star cornerback Jason McCourty did return to play after recovering from last weekend’s injury against Dallas. McCourty would have a busy day covering Cincinnati Bengals’ star wide receiver, A.J. Green, who also returned to action after recovering from an injury. For the most part, McCourty was unsuccessful in covering Green, who is a Jedi at causing mismatches. Green finished with six receptions for 102 yards.

Giovani Bernard would highlight the run game for the Bengals, after picking up two rushing touchdowns. Jeremy Hill would have an impressive game though with 7 carries for 39 yards and one rushing touchdown.

Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton was the biggest headline in the game. Dalton finished 15-of-23, resulting in 169 passing yards, and also picked up 1 touchdown pass. Dalton would also receive a touchdown catch from Mohamed Sanu. Dalton pitched out to Sanu on a 1st and 10 situation at the Tennessee 18 yard line. Sanu then threw it back to Dalton for the score.

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The Tennessee Titans did not get on the board until midway through the 4th quarter. On a drive that started from their own 20-yard line, Locker finally got his offense downfield with passes to Bishop Sankey, Kendall Wright, and Craig Stevens, ending with a touchdown run by Shonn Greene. But, let’s not give them too much credit. That score may have not existed if it weren’t for two 15-yard penalties by the Bengals’ defense during the drive.

Questions will now build on where the problems lie for the Titans. The team will now head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts next Sunday. The Colts picked up their first win of the season, after manhandling the Jaguars, and move to 1-2 on the season. Kickoff time is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. CDT for next week’s matchup between the Titans and Colts.