Titans settle for too many field goals, lose at Jacksonville

Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 3:36pm

Kenny Britt scored his second touchdown of the season but the Tennessee Titans settled for field goals rest of the day. The result was a 24-19 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in an unexpectedly defensive struggle Sunday at Jacksonville.

Rob Bironas made four of five attempts but Jacksonville scored three touchdowns, snapped a seven-game losing streak and won at home for the first time in six tries this season.

"We basically didn’t execute the plays that were called for us," running back Chris Johnson said. "We got down there so many times and we didn’t execute. We let it get away from us early in the game. Any time you play a team like Jacksonville, a division game, it’s going to be a very tough game no matter what their record is."

The Titans (4-7) and Jaguars (3-9) entered the contest 30th and 31st, respectively, in total defense and both were among the bottom four in scoring defense.

Tennessee recorded a season-high seven sacks from six different players, and had an interception for the sixth time in seven games.

Jacksonville’s ability to keep the Titans out of the end zone, though, was the difference. The Jaguars allowed 32 touchdowns through their first nine games, including five a week earlier in an overtime loss to Houston.

"I don’t think guys came in here expecting just to walk out and win the game," quarterback Jake Locker said. "We knew Jacksonville was a good football team. If you don’t think that, then you’re mistaken. And I don’t think our team prepared that way. I don’t think we came here with that mindset. We just didn’t execute as well as we needed to win the game.”

The need to settle for kicks started early.

Alterraun Verner intercepted a pass on the first official offensive snap of the contest and gave the ball to Tennessee’s offense at the 28-yard line. The Titans managed just eight yards and took an early 3-0 lead on a 38-yard field goal.

Bironas made one more in each quarter — from 40, 39 and 33 yards, respectively — but missed a 42-yard attempt midway through the second. It was the second time this season he kicked four field goals in a single game.

Britt finally got Tennessee to the end zone with a six-yard touchdown catch that cut a nine-point deficit to two, 21-19, with 4:52 to play.

Locker threw an interception on the next possession and again on the final, desperate play of the contest, though. That doubled his interception total for the season and was the first time in 11 career appearances he was picked off more than once.

Locker finished 23-40 passing for 261 yards. Tight end Jared Cook had a team-high six catches and  Johnson rushed for 80 yards on 21 carries.

Linebacker Zach Brown had two sacks and was the Titans’ leading tackler. Verner’s interception was his third of the season.

"Right from the beginning, with the turnover, we struggled all day to score points and had to settle for field goals when we could have done much better than that," coach Mike Munchak said. "When you do that in this league, it ends up costing you. We missed a field goal in there, too. We just missed way too many opportunities to put points on the board."

11 Comments on this post:

By: TITAN1 on 11/25/12 at 5:20

Had our chances, just got to do better in the Red Zone. I really like Jake, he has a good head on his shoulders. Going to be a great QB !

By: Rasputin72 on 11/25/12 at 5:37

Great Quarterbacks do not play for the Tennessee Titans. The Titans are a team based on 50 plus years of history that champions go through on the way to glory.

The bum threw an interception with time left to beat the secon or third worst team in the league.

If as a city it is important to have an NFL team, then we have one. If at a cocktail party inFlorida NFL football is brought up, I hope no one remembers that I have a home there.

By: TITAN1 on 11/25/12 at 9:52

You are such a pitiful idiot. I feel sorry for your family to have to be around a negative bozo as yourself.

By: Rasputin72 on 11/26/12 at 3:13

Titan1..........My family was taught to be wary of people who have no sense of pride. Never acknowledge with praise a failed effort. If someone wants to do bettet, support them. Never offer praise for failure.

By: sonny1024 on 11/26/12 at 8:42

I said at the beginning of the season the TITANS wouldn't win over five games and wouldn't make the play offs well it looks like I am going to get close to what I said.but the TITANS are going to have to do something different next year or we will have a repeat of this NOT SO GOOD season.A new coach ? New quarterback ? Lord I don't have the answer

By: bobyounts@comca... on 11/26/12 at 9:57

The Titans are pathetic. I think it would be better for everyone involved if they would relocate to another city. Maybe it would stabilize our property taxes,too.

By: TITAN1 on 11/26/12 at 10:17

Here are some reasons about why people whine and complain all of the time:

They may have a big ego, or think they're better than the rest, and that's (usually) not true.
Usually people who complain are unhappy. They are unsatisfied with life. They are not getting what they need or want to be happy, so they complain.

To the complainers, please go to justgriping.com

By: Rasputin72 on 11/26/12 at 10:31

Titan1......Anyone who pays you more than 15.00 per hour is not getting their moneys worth.

By: jwk6179 on 11/26/12 at 11:21

I think it's a little early to be declaring Jake Locker a GREAT QB in the NFL! He has only been a starting QB in the NFL for SIX GAMES! Let him develope into a good QB before we start labeling him a GREAT QB in the NFL! The local Sports Media had Vince Young ENSHRINED in the Pro Football Hall of Fame before he even played his first game in the NFL and we all know how his career turned out!

By: jwk6179 on 11/26/12 at 11:30

According to the Local Sports Media, the Titans had turned the season around after the win against the Dolphins and were going to mop up the field with the Jags in Jacksonville on Sunday, on their way to the play-offs. Based on what I saw on Sunday, there was NO DESIRE by the Titans to win on Sunday. Did the Titans just think that all they had to do on Sunday against one of the worse teams in the NFL was just to show up and they would be victorious? The problem with the Titans is there is NO LEADERSHIP on this team, either from the Coaching staff or the players themselves? Before Jake Locker can be labeled a GREAT NFL QB, he is going to have to be a leader on the field!

By: thud241 on 11/26/12 at 12:06

The Titans excel at entertaining their opponents. I agree that there is no leadership on the team, or at least that is the way it appears...not only on the field but on the sideline as well. Their play calling is predictable and that is a problem when you have an offensive line that settles for mediocrity. Chris Johnson is potentially the best running back in the NFL, butt as long as he stays with the Titans, potential is all it will be. He needs a good offensive line to show him some daylight. Time and time again, I see him pounced on by three or four defensive linemen when he tries to go up the middle. It just appears to me that the entire team is dysfunctional...It's almost like no one really knows what their assignment is. Locker may be a good QB but what I have seen thus far is run-of-the mill.