Titans self-destruct at LP Field, fall to Texans 24-10 - WKRN News 2

JOE BIDDLE: Titans self-destruct at LP Field, fall to Texans 24-10

Posted: Updated: Dec 2, 2012 05:45 PM CST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

If you came to LP Field Sunday looking for miracles, you didn't see any from the team wearing two-tone blue.

Changing offensive coordinators from Chris Palmer to Dowell Loggains only days before the Titans played a team favored to play in its first Super Bowl wasn't the answer. But then, there were no expectations it would be.

Loggains called his first NFL game from the sidelines and the Titans didn't score their only touchdown until only 1:45 left in the third quarter.

There was only time to make subtle changes and they weren't apparent from the press box.

"I was very comfortable with the stuff that I've done before and had comfort with,'' said Locker, the second-year quarterback who got off to a slow start before warming up somewhat in the second half.

"I think that maybe I pressed a little bit early on, just wanting, really trying to do really well and allowing the game to come to (me) a little bit.''

The Titans still dropped passes that hit their hands. They still laid the ball on the ground, fumbling three times and losing all three.

Locker threw three interceptions and was sacked six times. Part of the sacks number was Locker simply holding on to the ball too long, part of it was Locker losing two starting offensive linemen to injury in the first half.

It didn't help that starting offensive tackle David Stewart exited for the season with a broken leg, and veteran Steve Richardson left the game with a knee injury.

Locker was roughed up by the Texans defense, led by J.J. Watt with five tackles, three of them for losses. Watt had one quarterback sack, two quarterback hurries, two passes knocked down and one forced fumble. Watt was a one-man wrecking ball and Locker stayed on the run.

Locker got the wind knocked out of him, bit his tongue and came to the sideline spitting blood.

"We got it to stop (bleeding), so that's a good thing,'' Locker said.

Stopping the bleeding on the field was much more difficult. For the record, the Titans had six turnovers while the 11-1 Texans played error-free football in sewing up a playoff spot and running their road record to a perfect 6-0.

That's about all you need to know when asking how the Titans lost, 24-10. It was a game that from the national anthem on, I never felt the outcome was in question.

It leaves the Titans in free-fall with a 4-8 record and four games left in a season where all their weaknesses have been exposed.

Locker didn't get much help from his receivers. Jared Cook was targeted 12 times, caught four passes. Kenny Britt managed to stiff-arm the media after the game, but during the game, Britt was targeted eight times, catching only two balls. One was for six yards and the other, a 34-yard catch for the Titans lone touchdown.

"To work so hard to turn things around and go out and have a performance like that is very frustrating,'' said Titans running back Chris Johnson, who gained 51 yards on 13 carries.

Fans better get used to it. This isn't a quick fix, because this team is limited by a talent level which does not measure up to the opposition very often.

Contact WKRN.com Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at joebiddle11@gmail.com.

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