NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite the 31-24 loss to the Saints, The Titans left New Orleans with plenty of new information on their team. There were aspects of the game to feel positive about, and undoubtedly others that will be a focus going forward.
His four catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns in just two quarters were impressive, but the numbers don’t truly depict Hunter’s impressive performance. On his first touchdown – a four-yard fade route in the corner of the end zone – Hunter went over the cornerback to make the catch, but also had the wherewithal to keep both feet in bounds as he came to the ground.
Hunter might have outdone his first touchdown with the second-quarter encore – a 64-yard score on a
I’m not saying this means Hunter is going to become Calvin Johnson over night, but there’s no questioning that it was nice to see him show proof that the offseason hype is warranted. There simply aren’t many receivers in the NFL with the skillset to put on the display that Hunter showed us against the Saints.
Friday night was our first real glimpse of the return of
Locker orchestrated just two drives under center – two drives that consumed 11:32 of game time and resulted in 10 points on the scoreboard. 8/11 for 75 yards, one touchdown, and zero turnovers is promising sign of things to come.
Avoiding the Yellow Laundry
There were flags a plenty on Friday night – 32 total accepted penalties and even more that were declined. The Saints were the culprits more often than not, accounting for 22 of those flags, but 10 Titans penalties showed the team still has plenty of adjusting to do for the league’s new points of emphasis.
Injury Bug Strikes
Last week it was
Review of the 5 Things to Watch
1. Dry Under the Dome
As mentioned above, Jake Locker and the first team offense scored on both of its drives. Tennessee’s offense posted 412 total yards (324 passing, 88 rushing), 14 players caught passes, and the team averaged 4.2 yards per carry – solid numbers and plenty to build.
2. The Kicking Continues
3. Returners Get Their Shot
4. Setting the Tone Defensively
The defense didn’t set the tone, allowing a touchdown again on the games opening possession, but they did respond again getting two stops on the Saints’ ensuing drives.
One number that the team can feel very good about is allowing a mere 2.9 yards per carry on the night.
5. Rookie Encores
Titans rookies once again left their mark on the game. Mettenberger played two-plus quarters, completing 20-of-25 passes for 269 yards and two scores. Running back
The downside, the two rookies combined for three turnovers between them.
Quote of the Night
“Yeah, I don’t think he has to worry about that anymore on his jersey, but I think we have to keep it in locker so he’ll remember. Justin did a nice job. We all understand what he can be. We need to see that consistently and it was nice to see that tonight.”
– Ken Whisenhunt on Justin Hunters performance and the “Just Another Guy” jersey he wore during practice last week
The talk of Hunter’s abilities is a broken record that doesn’t get old. It was fun to see him take center stage Friday night.