By Chris Lambos
Let’s get the worst part of this story over with: NO PLAYOFFS THIS YEAR
I know a good number of you will stop reading this recap after that fact but for the many loyal NPAP readers (and diehard Titans fans), there is more to this story.
The next-to-worst part of this story would be: TITANS GET WHIPPED 42-17 AT HOME
OK, many more are heading for the exits but I must remind all of you that we still have something to cheer about in the 2009-10 season, which would be the best part of the story: CHRIS JOHNSON LOGS 142 RUSHING YARDS AND IS 128 AWAY FROM 2000!
Reaching 2000 should just be another day at the office for Johnson who averages 124.8 yards per game and is facing a defense which ranks 24th in the league in Total Defense (14th against the rush which is close to average). Before crossing the 2000 yard mark, Johnson will break Marshall Faulk’s single-season total yards record of 2,429 (he lacks just 74 yards so don’t miss the first quarter action next week). In order to be crowned the NFL’s single-season rushing king (A record of 2105 yards held by Eric Dickerson since 1984) Johnson will need to compile 234 yards on the ground – not impossible, but highly unlikely.
For you remaining stat heads out there, the following is a quick ‘rundown’ of last week’s ‘meltdown’:
1. Vince Young has a 2008 flashback, completing 8 of 21 passes for 87 yards and 2 Int. (and I thought Cutler’s numbers were bad last week in his sub-100 yard performance against the Ravens).
2. A quarterback for a 5-loss team (Phillip Rivers’) has days like this: 21 of 27 passes for 264 YDS, 2 TDs and ZERO Int.
3. The Titans were guilty of 8 penalties for 64 yards in the first half (it’s hard to win games when players ‘and coaches’ are not focused).
4. The Chargers rolled up 425 of total offense vs. the Titans 270
WHAT DID WE LEARN FROM THIS GAME?
It’s clear that the current Titans squad needs improvement to be a consistent ‘top tier’ contender in the National Football League.