Sunday, November 24, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Tennessee Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rapid Reaction from the Tennessee Titans' 23-19 win against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum:
What it means: The Titans are one of six 5-6 teams in the AFC vying for the sixth and final AFC playoff spot. While the Titans clearly have deficiencies and it will be tough for them to fight though the crowd, they are still in the crowd. Ryan Fitzpatrick engineered a solid game-winning drive, capping it with a 10-yard touchdown throw to Kendall Wright with 10 seconds left.
Stock watch, falling: The offensive line left Fitzpatrick running all day to avoid trouble and committed four of the Titans' five holding penalties as well as a false start. It’s an all-too-familiar refrain, but a team with two Hall of Fame offensive linemen overseeing a line that was revamped in the offseason is simply not good enough on the line.
Stock watch, rising: The Titans' two young wide receivers shined. Wright finished with six catches for 103 yards and the score, and rookie Justin Hunter notched his first 100-yard game, with six catches for 109 yards and a touchdown.
Stumbling: The Titans committed 10 penalties for 100 yards and had five drops. The laundry list of mistakes is hard to swallow at this stage of the season with so much on the line against a less-than-spectacular defense.
Helped: Sebastian Janikowski missed a 32-yard field goal on the final play of the first half and a 48-yarder in the third quarter. Those six points could have been huge for Oakland.
What’s next: The Titans travel to Indianapolis for a rematch with the Colts, who beat them 30-27 on Nov. 14 in Nashville, Tenn. The Colts lead the Titans by two games in the AFC South.