Titans blown out again, fall to 0-2 with loss at San Diego

Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 7:50pm
Staff reports

Kendall Wright scored his first career touchdown and Kenny Britt caught his first pass in nearly a year but the Tennessee Titans fell to 0-2 when they lost 38-10 to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium.

Tennessee gave up the first 17 points and the last 14 points of the contest, and allowed 30 or more in the first two games of a season (it lost 34-13 in Week 1) for the first time since 1972. That year the then-Houston Oilers finished 1-13.

San Diego’s victory was its ninth straight in the series, a streak that dates back to 1993.

Wright’s touchdown reception from 15 yards made it 24-10 with 2:20 to play in the third quarter After that the Chargers had a pair of lengthy touchdown drives — 11 plays, 80 yards and 13 plays, 69 yards. In between, the Titans had their sixth three-and-out.

Tennessee’s offense was outgained 416-212, had nine first downs to San Diego’s 27 and converted one of nine third-down opportunities. Running Chris Johnson again failed to make an impact. He finished with 17 yards on eight carries.

The Titans’ longest play was a 46-yard pass from Jake Locker to tight end Craig Stevens as time expired. Locker was 15-for-30 for 174 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Damian Williams was the leading receiver with four receptions for 45 yards. Wright, the first-round pick in April, finished with two catches for 24 yards and Britt, in his return from reconstructive knee surgery and a one-game suspension, caught one pass for five yards.

San Diego was without starting tight end Antonio Gates and running back Ryan Matthews because of injuries but still blistered a Tennessee defense that was without starting defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks (knee injury) and middle linebacker Colin McCarthy (ankle injury).

Chargers backup tight end Dante Rosario scored three touchdowns and running back Jackie Battle added two. Roasrio, a sixth-year veteran, came into the game with five career touchdown catches, the last in 2009. Battle, also a sixth-year veteran, had four career touchdowns.

14 Comments on this post:

By: shinestx on 9/16/12 at 6:57

D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R!!! These guys are just inept and incapabable of even making their opponents work for a win.

By: dargent7 on 9/16/12 at 8:42

Great game, if only to keep seeing San Diego's skyline and beautiful weather.
Hope everyone's happy "CJ" got the $53. million he wanted.
Anther 10+ carries and about 10 yds.
What a talentless bum!
Without VY handing him the ball every other down, he'll never hit 1,000 yds.

By: bfra on 9/16/12 at 9:05

IMO, the coach is a dud. He looks & acts like he is bored at every game. When they gave CJ that big money, they put a mark on his back. He is & will be so totally covered, he can't get any yardage.

And, yes d7 it was great to see San Diego, made me wish I was there!

By: TITAN1 on 9/16/12 at 9:10

Definitely, not a good team right now, hopefully they will improve. GO TITANS!

By: Rasputin72 on 9/17/12 at 6:39

As long as there are fans filling the seats this is what a Bud Adams franchise will give you..

Did we forget that Houston ran this fellow and his team out of town for their mediocre performances.?

By: sonny1024 on 9/17/12 at 7:18

Would someone find out when services for the TITANS will be held because their season is DEAD.RIP,

By: MusicCity615 on 9/17/12 at 7:22

This team will never win with Jerry Gray as our Defensive Coordinator, Palmer as our offensive coordinator, or Michael Griffin as our safety.

By: 4gold on 9/17/12 at 8:08

The fact that San Diego ran the same play to the back up tight end for 3 walk in touch downs says something for defensive adjustments. Good job Coach Grey. San Diego tight ends were wide open all day. Why is Cook always wearing a linebacker like a school bag?

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: bobyounts@comca... on 9/17/12 at 8:36

Is there any way we can force the Titans to drop Tennessee from their name?
They are a continuing source of embarrassment for the citizens of this state, and frankly they get worse every year. I don't think they'll win 5 games this year. In fact, five may be very generous.

They are truly awful.

By: st8of10ec on 9/17/12 at 8:41

So let me get this straight.Munchak thinks the Offensive Line is just fine?He need's his head examined!

By: jwk6179 on 9/17/12 at 9:18

For the past TWO WEEKS, the Tennessean, NCP and rest of the Nashville Sports Media has been stating how both the New England Patriots and the San Diego Chargers have a WEAK Offensive Lines and NO RUNNING GAMES, so Kameron Wimbley, Derrick Morgan and the rest of Titans Defensive Unit would have Monster games against both teams and that both Tom Brady and Philip Rivers would wilt under the pressure of the Titans pass rushing. If this is what happens against teams with Weak O-Lines and No Running Game, what does this say about the Titans chances against the Lions, Texans, Vikings and Steelers, the next FOUR OPPONENTS?

Hey, Nashville Sports Media, before you declare that Kameron Wimbley, Derrick Morgan and the rest of the Titans Defense will dominate their upcoming opponents, let them actually STOP A TEAM FIRST!!!

By: joe41 on 9/17/12 at 12:05

This is the worst coached team since the Titans have been here. You want me to attend games or buy stuff, you need to show some improvement this week against Schwartz! He would love to shut you out.

By: Rasputin72 on 9/17/12 at 4:03

It appears to me that Nashville and the state of Tennessee has been blown out by this mediocre franchise. Everything about this franchise wreaks with mediocrity.

Nashville can handle it better than most cities as they have suffered the indignities of the Vanderbilt football team for more years than the average citizen is old.

By: courier37027 on 9/17/12 at 5:34

Maybe GenesisDiamondsKrogerFirstTennesseeO'Charley's on-air pimp Mike Keith can drum up some sponsors and marketing disasters to describe Titans play. How about the Edsel loss for yardage run, or the new Coke interception, or Cash-for-Clunkers fumble?