During his illustrious career at Florida, Percy Harvin found that migraine headaches were the only thing that could stop him.
Harvin missed a number of games with the Gators and the migraines followed him to Minnesota, where in 2010, he collapsed in practice and had to be hospitalized with one of his debilitating migraines. In his first two seasons, the Vikings star missed three games due to migraines.
Sunday, Harvin gave the reeling Tennessee Titans the mother of all migraines.
Here was Harvin on a four-yard touchdown run, bowling over three Titans before he reached the end zone.
Here was Harvin taking a swing pass out in the right flat as the Titans defense closed in on him. Four Titans had a clean shot at him. He went in the end zone standing up from 10 yards out. One by ground. One by air. That was more than enough to bury the hapless Titans by a 30-7 margin in Minnesota.
Harvin caught eight passes from quarterback Christian Ponder for 108 yards, one a 45-yard gainer down the sideline.
"(Harvin) is one of the best football players in the NFL,'' Ponder said. "He is very dynamic, a beast. He is so athletic. That touchdown run where he made those guys miss him, he's just an unbelievable football player.
"You're in awe watching him.''
Harvin wasn't the only thorn under the Titans thin defensive skin.
Adrian Peterson showed one Chris Johnson what a real NFL running back looks like.
Peterson rolled for 88 yards on the ground. The Titans as a team ran for 54 yards. "Between Harvin and Adrian Peterson, when those guys get the ball in their hands, they're fun to watch,'' Ponder said.
Johnson carried 15 times for a microscopic 24 yards. That's a 1.8 yard per carry average for you Fantasy Football fans who choose to hang on to Johnson in hopes one day he finds his mojo.
How long will it be until the Titans and Coach Mike Munchak realize Chris Johnson doesn't have "it'' any longer. No burst. No getting to the corner and turning on the afterburners.
He has been reduced to a dancer, a plodder. C.J.'s a liability, albeit a rich one.
He caught a pass for five yards and lost one fumble.
It is said that NFL running backs are plentiful. Well, the Titans best set their sights on finding one. And if the problem is, as I suspect, the offensive line's inability to run block as efficiently as they pass protect, then the Titans better address that.
So much for an offense, whose top receiving threats, Kenny Britt and Nate Washington, were invisible. The only Titan receiver who played as if he cared was rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright. Wright led all receivers with nine grabs for 66 yards.
Washington caught three passes for 29 yards. Britt grabbed two passes for 23 yards. Hardly the threats the Titans need them to be.
But no matter how dark the future might be, there is always a nugget to mine, even as the Titans playoff chances sink into the sunset.
How ‘bout that defense? Oh, my.
They came into the game giving up an average of 37.8 points a game. By holding the Vikings to a pedestrian 30 points, they whittled that average to only 36.2 points a game.
See, I told you.
I became dizzy counting the missed tackles against the Vikings. Linebacker Colin McCarthy, coming off an ankle injury, whiffed a number of times in key situations.
He wasn't alone. I say it again. This Titans team is a poor tackling team. Their fundamentals are flawed. They think they can bring down NFL running backs by hitting them and not wrapping up. Arm tackles don't get it done in the NFL.
And, I hate to be the bearer of bad news. Don't look now, but some team with steel in its veins is coming to Music City Thursday night. Get the women and children out of town.
I will impart one bit of advice for the Titans. You better leave those terrible towels alone this time.
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