Touchdown Titans (The Beat Blog That Scores)

When following the Titans, there are several blogs to consider:

  • Music City Miracles: “Talk about an emotional roller coaster.  That is exactly the type of game I thought the Titans would be playing all season long before the season started.  We have begged and pleaded here for the Titans to come out throwing the ball to open up some running lanes for Chris Johnson.  Well they did that today and good things happened.”
  • Titans Gab: “The Titans defense Sunday once again was looking to make a statement, and they did so in convincing fashion against one of the stingiest offensive lines in the NFL.  The Cowboys entered the game having allowed just one sack of their prized QB, Tony Romo in its first three games and allowing sacks on less than one percent (0.78) of all its passing plays.  That meant nothing to the Titans, who came out and got Romo to the ground a whopping six times Sunday in the teams 34-27 win to move to 3-2.”
  • Titan Sized: “Losing Derrick Morgan for the rest of the year weakens the Titan defensive line rotation, but honestly the best parts (Tony Brown, Jason Jones, Dave Ball, Jason Babin, and Jacob Ford) are still in place or returning to face a weak Dallas offensive line.  The sacks will be plentiful.  However, the Titans only chance to win this game will be to create points off turnovers.  Forcing a fumble during one of the many sacks or returning an interception for a touchdown will be key to keeping this high-flying Cowboy offense in check.”
  • Titans Tracker: “This special edition of the Titans Tracker post-game summary will feature no discussion of:
  • How Fisher Ball kept this game closer than necessary
  • How the Titans’ gave up over 300 yards passing for the 3rd game in a row
  • How putting Ryan Mouton on the field is always a risky proposition

No, this is an all-praise, all-game ball edition as Titans Tracker celebrates a huge                   victory as the talented Dallas Cowboys could not overcome the savvy, scrappy                       Tennessee Titans.”

Chris Johnson took advantage of some additional running space (thanks to some                   downfield passing) as he ended up with 131 yards on 19 carries. Defensively,                           despite giving up over 400 passing yards to Tony Romo, the Titans were able to                   force the Cowboy signal-caller into three costly interceptions while also sacking him on six occasions.”

  • Tennessee Titans Locker: “The bottom line in this game was that the Titans just made more big plays than the Cowboys did.  Vince Young was in game manager mode as he completed 12 of 25 passes for 173 yards with 2 TD passes and 0 INTs.  He also carried the ball 4 times for 5 yards (1.3 ypc).  Charles Johnson was a beast for the Titans today as he carried the ball 19 times for 131 yards (6.9 ypc) with 2 TD runs.”
  • NFL Blog Blitz: Tennessee Titans: “Dallas quarterback Tony Romo was supposed to be untouchable. He had been sacked only once in three games – until Sunday. Jason Jones and Jason Babin each had two sacks, as the Titans took Romo down in the backfield six times.”
  • Paul Kuharsky’s Titans Blog on ESPN.com: “What it means: The Titans are right there at the top of the AFC South with a 3-2 record, same as the Texans, Jaguars and Colts. Tennessee’s the only team not yet to play a division game.”
  • Jim Wyatt covers the Titans for The Tennessean’s Titans Insider: “After what proved to be the winning touchdown, Chris Johnson stood on a Cowboys star in the end zone. It was similar to something Terrell Owens did as a 49er in old Texas Stadium, although Owens took the trouble to run all the way to the giant start at midfield.

Johnson’s move had a double meaning. He said it was “all fun and games.” But he also pointed out that he holds a grudge against Dallas, which drafted Felix Jones ahead of him three years ago.

“Any time I play an offensive team that took another one of the running backs over me, I play with a chip on my shoulder,” he said. “I really wanted to play in Dallas but they took Felix.”

Here is my own take on today’s (Sunday, October 10, 2010) Titans game:

Titans Pick Off Cowboys, 34-27

Arlington – The Tennessee Titans bounced back from their Week 4 collapse to hold off the Cowboys 34-27 in Cowboys Stadium.

Quarterback Vince Young threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns, one to Nate Washington and the other to Kenny Britt, as the offense focused this week on opening up the running game for superstar running back Chris Johnson, upon whom opposing defenses had been focusing.

The defense also did its part for Johnson, sacking Tony Romo six times and recording three interceptions to repeatedly set the Titans’ offense up deep in Cowboy territory.

Chris Johnson was happy to oblige.

Johnson regained his elite status, carrying 19 times for 131 yards and two TDs.

Marc Mariani, the rookie kick returner out of Montana, had a 73-yard kick return late in the 4th quarter, extended with a facemasking penalty on the play, to set up Chris Johnson second, game-winning TD.

The Titans improve to 3-2 and face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday night.  The Cowboys fall to 1-3 and visit the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

GAME NOTES:

  • Alterraun Verner, the rookie cornerback out of UCLA, recorded his first NFL interception, returning it to the one-yard line and setting up Chris Johnson’s first touchdown of the game.

This beat blog will cover the news and events of the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans (formerly the Houston Oilers and later the Tennessee Oilers before becoming the Titans in 1999) are the National Football League franchise headquartered in Nashville.  Currently led by Head Coach Jeff Fisher, the Titans reside in the AFC South division.

About jakemcneal

My name is Jake McNeal and I am from Portland, Oregon. I am a senior at the University of Oregon, majoring in news-editorial and magazine journalism. I am a business minor as well. I would love to be a sports reporter covering football, basketball, baseball and soccer.
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