Not the game we expected in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Even the Titans figured they’d have to score to hang with the Saints.

That’s not been the case halfway through, as New Orleans leads 6-3 at LP Field in a game that’s been tough to watch.

Penalties have been the featured attraction: the Titans have committed eight worth 69 yards, the Saints seven for 49.

Mix in drops and neither offense has done much to find any sustained rhythm. The Saints are averaging only 5.6 yards per pass play. The Titans have run the ball six times for four yards.

Matt Hasselbeck is out with a left calf injury and looks unlikely to return.

So the Titans have their quarterback of the future, Jake Locker, running the offense in a huge game against a high-powered team that’s not been high-powered.

In 30 more minutes we’re going to know a lot more about the Titans.