Sunday, September 12, 2010
Wrap-up: Titans 38, Raiders 13
By Paul Kuharsky
What it means: A 1-0 start a year after starting 0-6 will be a big hit in Nashville, where Chris Johnson showed a slow preseason meant nothing.
Trending: As they did in the preseason, the Titans got a lot of plays from a lot of guys on defense. Will Witherspoon, Jason Babin, Derrick Morgan and Jacob Ford had sacks and Babin and Ford also forced fumbles. Dave Ball had two passes defensed. Jason Jones had a tackle for loss. Ryan Mouton forced a fumble. That’s a lot of production.
What I liked: Third down. On offense, Tennessee converted 53 percent. On defense the Titans allowed conversions only 21 percent of the time. Vince Young was efficient with two touchdowns, no picks and a 142.8 quarterback rating (but a fumble) and Johnson was Johnson (27 carries, 142 yards, two touchdowns).
Unsung hero: Punter Brett Kern averaged 44.5 net yards on four punts, helping produce an average drive start for the Raiders that was 11 yards worse than Tennessee’s.
What’s next: The Titans host Pittsburgh in Game 2 of Ben Roethlisberger's suspension.