It took overtime for the Tennessee Titans to win a game many experts expected them to lose. The Titans overcame 314 passing yards by the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and a late missed field goal by Rob Bironas to win 16-13.
Story of the Game: Titans Championship D starting to slip
Rodgers performed well after signing a new contract on Friday. He went 22 of 41 for 314 yards, one interception and one touchdown. Packers running back Ryan Grant ran for 86 yards on 20 carries.
The Titans managed to sack Rodgers four times, but the Packers offensive line did a great job overall by giving Rodgers time to pass downfield.
Kyle Vanden Bosch’s absence has been noticeable over the past two weeks. He played early in the game but left as he continued to struggle with a groin injury. Thankfully, the Titans have managed to win games without Vanden Bosch. In 2007, the Titans lost three games when Albert Haynesworth was out of the lineup.
The Other Story of the Game: Tennessee’s anemic third quarters continue
For some reason, the Titans offense seems to struggle mightily during the third quarter. Tennessee produced only two first downs in Sunday’s third quarter.
One of the first downs was earned during a short drive that began on the Packers 17 yard line following a turnover. The Titans could not find the end zone and settled for a 22-yard Bironas field goal.
I hope the Titans gave Chris Johnson a game ball. Johnson was the only consistent performer for the Titans offense on Sunday. He ran for 89 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown, and caught six passes for 72 yards.
Most of the national media is giving Kerry Collins credit for performing well when it counted. Yes, Collins did perform well late in the game, but I cannot overlook his lack of production in the third quarter.
I found it interesting that during the television broadcast, the producers cut away to show Vince Young stretching after Collins made a poor play.
At times, Collins reminds me of an old pitcher whose better days are over. The Titans are 8-0, and Collins deserves credit for minimizing mistakes. However, it might be time for the Titans to put Vince Young back in the lineup.
The more the season goes along, the more concern I have that the Titans offense is going to need more spark to go deep in the playoffs.
I could be wrong, but if I’m right, remember that TitansTracker.com expressed concern in early November about the decision to stick with Collins.
Next Week: Da Bears
Tennessee hopes for a warm, peaceful day as the team travels to the Windy City.
The Bears allowed Detroit quarterback Dan Orlovsky to pass for 292 on Sunday. Like the Colts, I think Chicago is overrated, but the Titans could still lose on Sunday if the Bears shut down the Titans rushing offense. However, if Kyle Orton cannot start at quarterback, look for Tennessee’s defense to force a poor performance from Rex Grossman and win a close game.
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