Sunday, November 21, 2010
Wrap-up: Redskins 19, Titans 16 OT
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Titans’ 19-16 loss against the Redskins at LP Field.
What it means: The Titans fell to 5-5, a game behind Jacksonville and a game or two behind Indianapolis depending on the Colts-Patriots result.
What I didn’t like: Three penalties on the Redskins' last possession, by Jason Babin, Will Witherspoon and Alterraun Verner, helped set up Graham Gano’s game-winning 48-yard field goal.
What I didn’t like, Part II: Santana Moss had way too much room way too often in the Tennessee secondary. The tackling was poor, particularly against the running backs who found room around the edges and on a play like Fred Davis’ 23-yard catch and run. And against a terrible third-down team, Tennessee allowed the Redskins to convert 50 percent. The Titans couldn’t find an offensive touchdown all day.
What I liked: Marc Mariani showed great feel on his 87-yard punt return for a touchdown, which did a lot to make up for a lack of offense. Rob Bironas was automatic on three field-goal attempts.
Injury concerns: Vince Young lost a fumble early on and too often held the ball when defenders were closing in on him in a way that begs to be stripped. He banged the thumb on his throwing hand and yielded to rookie Rusty Smith. Jason Jones left the game early with a knee injury and didn’t return.
Up and down: Smith settled in and hit Nate Washington with a big 52-yard pass that positioned the Titns for a go-ahead field goal with just under 9 minutes left in regulation. But he threw a bad interception to Phillip Buchanan while aiming for Washington not long after, and finished just 3 of 9 for 62 yards.
What’s next: The Titans head for Houston to play just their second AFC South game of the season. The loser will fall under .500 and set up a super difficult route to a playoff berth.