The Tennessee Titans were defeated by the San Diego Chargers in Week 2 of the 2012-13 NFL season on September 16, 2012. The Chargers won 38-10. After two games, the Titans have a 0-2 record. They've been outscored 72-23. Their only lead was when they were up 3-0 against the New England Patriots in Week 1. The Titans never had a lead against the Chargers.
Here were some studs and duds from that contest. Please note that these players aren't ranked by best-to-worst.
The Titans were out-gained in total yardage, 416 to 212. The Chargers had 75 offensive plays. The Titans had 40 offensive plays. The Chargers had offensive possession for 43 minutes and 39 seconds. The Titans converted 1-of-9 third-down attempts. The Chargers converted 10-of-17 third-down attempts. The Titans had nine first downs. The Chargers had 27 first downs.
The Titans played poorly on both sides of the football. However, there were some encouraging signs from their rookies. Kendall Wright had his first career touchdown reception. Mike Martin had his first career sack. As a team, the Titans had four sacks.
When you take a glance at the Titans' box score, it appears as though Michael Griffin and Robert Johnson had fantastic games. Griffin had 18 tackles (16 solo). Johnson had three tackles for losses.
Now take a glance at the Chargers' box score. The Chargers didn't have Antonio Gates. Yet, their tight ends had seven receptions for 77 yards. Dante Rosario had four receptions for 48 yards and three touchdowns.
For whatever reason, Johnson has started this season as the replacement to Jordan Babineaux. Johnson hasn't responded. He's missing tackles and playing too far off the receivers. He's practically running himself out of passing plays because he drops too far back in the secondary.
The offense was hideous. Jake Locker completed 15-of-30 passes for 174 yards with a touchdown and interception. Chargers safety Atari Bigby dropped an easy interception in the second quarter. On a potential touchdown, Locker overthrew Taylor Thompson. Locker grounded at least three passes to his running backs. Locker is still sailing passes.
The offensive line had their woes. Although they surrendered zero sacks, it was one of those games where it seemed like Locker was pressured on nearly every passing play. The run-blocking continues to kill this offense. Chris Johnson had eight carries for 17 yards. For the season, Johnson has 19 carries for 21 yards. Ouch!
The 0-2 record doesn't surprise me; I expected that. The problem is how they've looked in that process. After two weeks, this is the worst team in the NFL. The run-offense is worse than in 2011. Locker hasn't made any improvements in his accuracy. The offense can't sustain long drives. The secondary is atrocious because of the safeties. The defense will be okay if they don't stay on the field for 43 minutes.
The Titans will host the Detroit Lions on September 23, 2012. Entering this season, I felt like this was their most-winnable game before Week 7. I still feel that way. If the Titans lose this game, they could very easily start this season with a 0-6 record.
Run Offense: F
Pass Offense: F
Run Defense: B
Pass Defense: F
Special Teams: C
Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.
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