Tennessee Titans: 2013 Week 3 SDG at TEN

Locker Room Buzz: Tennessee Titans

September, 22, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Observed in the locker room after the Tennessee Titans' 20-17 win against the San Diego Chargers at LP Field:

And they danced: Jake Locker wasn’t the only one jumping for joy after he connected with Justin Hunter for a game-winning, 34-yard touchdown with 15 seconds left to beat the Chargers. Locker leaped and pumped his fist as he headed toward the sideline. First-round guard Chance Warmack, listed at 323 pounds, was jumping himself as he headed the other way to block for the extra point. “That was probably better than my combine vertical,” Warmack said.

Big breakup: Tight end Delanie Walker nearly lost the game for the Titans when a second-down pass bounced off his hands on Tennessee’s final drive. He saw defensive back Marcus Gilchrist closing on him and took his eye off the ball. But Walker knew once he didn’t catch it that Gilchrist might, so he rammed him and broke up an interception. “That’s a huge play, if he quits on that play, feels sorry for himself because he dropped it, the game is over,” Locker said. Catch video of Walker talking about Locker at my Instagram account.

Hesitant: San Diego went up 17-10 late in the third quarter on a drive keyed by Ladarius Green's 34-yard catch. Titans safety Michael Griffin arrived early and went low to make the tackle when a high hit might have separated the tight end from the ball, or when Griffin might have had a play on the ball himself. He admitted the thought of a fine is in his head in such situations, and said he felt like he was in a lose-lose situation.

Rapid Reaction: Titans 20, Chargers 17

September, 22, 2013

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.