Sunday, September 18, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Titans 26, Ravens 13
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Thoughts on the Titans 26-13 win over the Ravens at LP Field.
What it means: The Titans are nowhere near as bad as they looked opening day in Jacksonville. (And the Ravens aren’t nearly as good as they looked when the beat the Steelers.) Tennessee found big plays even as Chris Johnson couldn’t find room (24 carries for 53 yards). Matt Hasselbeck played winning football behind solid protection, making good throws to Kenny Britt and Nate Washington on big days for the two receivers, and the defense showed it can stand toe-to-toe with a physical line.
What I liked: The takeaways. Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty had interceptions and Jordan Babineaux recovered a fumble forced by Karl Klug. McCourty’s came off a Cortland Finnegan tipped ball. Finnegan got his hands on several.
What I didn’t like: Poor tackling allowed Ray Rice’s 31-yard catch and run TD and the kickoff coverage team flailed when David Reed went 77 yards just before intermission. Johnson simply couldn’t find room, but somehow Javon Ringer did.
Telling: Mike Munchak and Chris Palmer were aggressive on a fourth-and-1 deep in Baltimore territory in the third quarter. Ringer took a pitch and scooted into the end zone for a touchdown that put Tennessee up two scores, 17-10.
What’s next: The Titans host Denver at LP Field as Tennessee looks to continue establishing something at home.