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No defense for Titans defense.

The 2012 season saw the Tennessee Titans defense be shredded like cheese on more than a few occasions. The weaknesses in the secondary were all too obvious as was the attitude. Additions like Bernard Pollard and George Wilson, among others, were supposed to change things. Well so far, after two games, things appear to still be the same.

Last week in a loss to the Redskins, the first-team defense was chopped up by one Kirk Cousins on one drive. This week, it was Andy Dalton and John Skelton doing some of their own carving on the defense. Dalton led drives of 61 and 72 yards and made them look easy. It led to a 17-3 halftime lead the team never recovered from. Pollard even helped out by missing on two third down tackles that ended up in touchdowns. The defense gave up over 200 yards of offense to the Bengals in the first half alone. So for the second straight game, the defense showed little or no improvement from last year. The idea of getting bigger on defense was to improve against the run. That did not happen either as Cincy averaged 4.8 yards per carry. There was even a Pac Man Jones sighting playing some D against his old team.

On offense, Jake Locker looked really good for the most part. The problem with that was the inability of his receivers to hold on to the ball. Kenny Britt and Nate Washington had huge drops. Washington’s was a sure touchdown that could have given the Titans some momentum. Britt’s miss killed another drive. Second string QB Ryan Fitzpatrick came in and led the team down the field for two touchdown passes to make it closer.

 

Rob Bironas will go down as one the best kicker this team has ever had. Last year he missed six field goals and in this game he missed two more. It really hurts when one of your most consistent players on the team has found a bit of inconsistency.

The running game has it’s second straight good game. Chris Johnson ran seven times for 30 yards and looked pretty good. Shonn Greene continues to show the pounding style he is known for and had 29 yards on six carries. The most impressive back was third stringer Jackie Battle. He continues to run with a purpose and a chip on his shoulder. He would finish with 58 yards on 12 carries.

Of course, the injury bug has bitten this team again, as it has others. LB Akeem Ayers went out with an ankle injury that appears to not be too serious. On the other side of the coin, WR Kendall Wright hurt his ACL and that would be a huge loss for the Titans. He feels it is a sprain, but he will be evaluated further before a decision is made about the severity if his injury.

For the most part, the game was played like game 2 of the NFL preseason. The first team played for awhile, then the rest come in for more evaluation. There seems to still be a disconnect between Locker and his receivers. The defense is far from where it hoped they would be. There are still position battles taking place everyday. Next week it’s the Falcons and their high-powered offense at LP Field. This is when you open up the playbook some more. Make some big plays down the field on offense and get it together on defense.

If the Titans are looking to make a huge improvement over their play last year, they still have a ways to go. It’s a long year, but time is never on your side in the NFL. In this game, there was no defense for the Titans defense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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