Sunday, September 22, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Titans 20, Chargers 17
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A few thoughts on the Titans’ 20-17 win over the Chargers at LP Field:
What it means: The Titans are 2-1 and feeling great about themselves in a game that could qualify as Jake Locker’s coming out party. He jumped and pumped his fist heading toward the sideline with 15 seconds on the clock after his a 34-yard touchdown pass to rookie Justin Hunter. Four plays later the Chargers tried a wild lateral-fest to make something big happen, but failed.
Stock watch, up: Locker completed 23 of 37 passes for 299 yards and the winning score. He was great on the final drive, hitting Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker, Damian Williams and finally Hunter, after shaking off a tough drop by Walker. Locker also ran five times for 68 yards. Nate Washington was the Titans' best receiver with eight catches for 131 yards.
Stock watch, down: As Hunter was a hero, going over Crezdon Butler, Kenny Britt continues to sink. The receiver had two penalties in the first half, one a questionable block in the back. Those were on top of two drops, including on the first play from scrimmage on an easy ball.
Unsung: Bernard Pollard's block of Nick Novak's 38-yard field goal attempt on the last play of the first half was huge. The Titans had to feel like they were leading at intermission even though it was 10-10.
Laundry list: The Titans committed 11 penalties for 116 yards. They didn’t always get the best of the calls -- Britt’s block in the back looked like a hand on the back, and the Chargers got away with a pass interference on Hunter in the end zone. And they only drew one flag after the half.
What’s next: The Titans play at home against the Jets in the middle game of a three-game home stand.