Broncos 34, Titans 20

The Denver Broncos won the “Merril Hoge Bowl” but Vince Young silenced his critics with a big night. Unfortunately, the Titans have lost two games in a row and slipped to the middle of the NFL pack with a 6-4 record. The Titans miscues — dropped passes and missed tackles — cost them the game.

Story of the Game: Titans D gives up big plays

The Titans defense is not the same without Albert Haynesworth. It gave up a 48-yard TD pass to Brandon Stokley, a 41-yard TD pass to Brandon Marshall and a 62-yard TD run by Andre Hall. In addition to Haynesworth’s absense, the Titans tackled poorly all evening. After the Stokley touchdown in the first quarter, I knew the Titans were in for a long night.

The Other Story of The Game: Vince Young’s big night

VY completed 63.4 percent of his passes for 305 yards passing with one touchdown and two interceptions. He also ran for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Young was forced to pass early and often and he delivered in a big way. In the first quarter, it appeared as if the Titans were trying to establish the passing game (are the Titans coaches listening to the critics who say they need to open up the offense and allow Vince a chance to improve as a passer by throwing more often?).

Overall the Titans passed 41 times and ran the ball 29 times, including Vince’s 11 carries. The offense missed opportunities (dropped passes by Roydell Williams, Brandon Jones and Bo Scaife) and Young’s interceptions hurt the Titans effort. Even, so, VY had a great night while getting little to no help from the defense.

Next Week: Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have taken a giant step backward. Cincinnati is 3-7 but still can air it out with Carson Palmer, Chad Johnson, T. J. Houshmanzadeh and (the other) Chris Henry. The Titans need this victory to avoid a three-game slide into mediocrity. The Titans need Haynesworth back on the field and another big game from Vince Young to avoid being embarrassed by the Bengals.

Go Titans!

Watch video highlights of the Titans-Broncos game by clicking here.

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