For the second straight season, the Tennessee Titans have had a six-game losing streak. Unfortunately, a quarterback change will not change their fortunes this year.
Tonight’s loss is especially frustrating because the Titans showed promise and played inspired football, but turnovers, penalties, questionable playcalling and poor tackling doomed them once again. You can’t play a perfect game when Perfection (otherwise known as Peyton Manning) is under center for the Colts, even in an off-year for the future Hall of Famer.
A sequence of plays encapsulates much of what has gone wrong with the 2010 Titans, and why this team’s 1970s offensive philosophy had no chance against Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.
During the penultimate series by the Titans’ offense, many of the fans at LP Field booed loudly after Tennessee’s offense did not stay on the field to attempt to convert a 4th-and-1. This was not the poorest play call of the drive.
That distinction goes to the third down play. Down 27-21, with a chance to drive down the field and take the lead, Tennessee called a draw play. Chris Johnson gained 4 yards.
Titans punt. On second and 10, Manning threw a short pass to Pierre Garcon. Chris Hope threw a shoulder tackle, which has been a popular but ineffective technique used too frequently by Tennessee’s defensive backs. Garcon scampered down the field and gained 43 yards. Four plays later, Adam Vinatieri kicked a 47-yard field goal.
Why can’t the Titans be more aggressive on offense? They gambled and won on a draw play in the previous offensive series. Did they expect the Colts to be fooled twice?
I suppose so.
Kenny Britt, Difference Maker
Britt did not play a perfect game but he came back strong after missing four games with a hamstring injury. Britt caught 4 passes for 39 yards and put on a strong blocking performance which helped Chris Johnson gain 111 yards.
Randy Moss, Invisible Man
Moss: 0 catches, 0 yards.
Next Game: Rematch vs. the Texans
Will the Titans fight hard (pun intended) against Houston in their last home game of the season? Will they put an end to the losing streak? Will playing for pride be enough to inspire this team to win a game?
Will this be Jeff Fisher’s last home game as head coach?
We shall see.