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JOE BIDDLE: Titans sleepwalking in Seattle


This wasn't the classic movie, Sleepless in Seattle. The Titans starred in a sequel, Sleepwalking in Seattle.

The Titans went into Seattle as a 13-point underdog to the Seahawks.

Since the Titans only scored 13 points in 60 minutes, well, you know the story.

Up 10-7 at halftime, Titans fans still had faith their team could steal one from the Seahawks.

It was not to be. They wilted in the second half, as the offense got next to nothing done.

They only had the ball four times in the second half, two drives in the third quarter, two more in the fourth.

The Titans were forced to punt on their two third quarter possessions after gaining two yards on three plays and later getting 31 yards on five plays.

On their two fourth quarter possessions, the Titans had the ball long enough for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw a deep pass to a covered Nate Washington. Seattle's Richard Sherman notched his first career interception as he had inside position on Washington and Fitzpatrick's pass was all too easy to hijack.

Trailing 20-10 on what would be their final drive, the Titans took 14 plays to travel 69 yards and decided to take a chip-shot field goal on fourth down. They never saw the ball again and Seattle chalked up a 20-13 win.

"The game was disappointing,'' Munchak understated. "We are 3-3. We're average right now. Offensively we scored six points and that's not enough.''

The Titans evened out at 3-3 while Seattle advanced to 5-1. Are the Titans headed for another season with no playoff games in the future?

If they don't eliminate the careless missed tackles on defense, and Fitzpatrick can't generate any more offense through the air, that's precisely what lies in store.

The Titans only offense on the Northwest coast was, well, special teams. Two seconds before intermission, the Seahawks lined up for a short field goal attempt.

The snap was fumbled and scooped up by the Titans' Jason McCourty and he was off on a 77-yard trip. A three-man Titans convoy made sure no one touched McCourty on his way to the end zone.

So they had two field goals and a special teams touchdown. Whoopee! That won't get it done in the NFL. It's embarrassing to be that inept.

Sad part is Seattle was there to be had, but the Titans didn't have the tools to pull off the heist.

They won't win many games gaining 233 yards of offense, only 66 yards on the ground for a supposed power running offense. Chris Johnson got 33 yards on 12 attempts, a 2.8-yard average. Second leading rusher was Fitzpatrick, who got 33 yards on six carries with a long of 11 yards, three more yards than Johnson got on his longest run. They were held to just 13 first downs, two of them courtesy of penalties against Seattle.

Fitzpatrick was picked off twice, sacked three times and fumbled twice. He left with a 46.8 quarterback rating. That position is critical if the Titans are going to win these type games. It was clear he wasn't up to speed.

"We couldn't get in a rhythm. A lot of that is me,'' Fitzpatrick said. "I haven't played well the last two weeks. I'm not doing enough right now to consistently move the ball for the offense.''

The 49ers visit LP Field Sunday for another 3:05 afternoon kickoff. A bye week follows before traveling to reunite with former Titans Coach Jeff Fisher and the Rams.

Munchak and Co. has a lot of work to do to turn this train around. They are not very sound on fundamentals and big play talent is scarce. I suggest Munchak put punter Brett Kern in front of the Jugs machine for lengthy sessions. Kern fumbled a perfect snap in punt formation and even though Seattle failed to capitalize, that needs to be corrected.
Overall, it was the most inept performance of the season for the Titans. The 49ers are not expected to throw a pity party at LP Field Sunday.

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