By Karen Christensen // @ksc47
Los Angeles Chargers 20 – Tennessee Titans 19
The Titans “missed it by that much” as Maxwell Smart used to say in the Get Smart tv series. The Los Angeles Chargers held on to the win, 20 -19 in the last few seconds of the game after the Titans tried for two after a touchdown made by tight end Luke Stocker.
The Titans really did put forth a good effort in this game. It was an exciting and the win could have gone to either team as the battle went on until the very end.
Titans players that stood out were WR Tajae Sharpe who had seven receptions for 101 yards. Linebacker Jayon Brown who had one sack, one assist tackle, and six solo tackles. Running back Dion Lewis who had 13 carries for 91 yards, and WR Darius Jennings who had five returns for 156 yards. And of course, Mariota who almost scored the final touchdown when he stretched for the end zone but after review, the touchdown was disallowed.
Tennessee could have just tried to tie up the game and sent the kicking team out, but head coach Vrabel signaled to go for two. Why he didn’t send RB Derrick Henry out to try to bulldoze the ball in for the 2 points, the world will never know. Even former Titan RB Chris Johnson remarked that Henry would have been a great option to try to get the two points.
If u not gonna take it to overtime run D.henry on the 1
— Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson28) October 21, 2018
It wasn’t just the final play that decided the losing fate of this game though. There were dropped passes by both WR Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor. There were multiple penalty calls against several Titans players. And a missed field goal attempt by kicker Ryan Succop.
Mariota had one interception in the red zone which ended his spot-free record of never throwing an interception in the red zone. He is still playing with half a glove on his throwing hand which shows he has lingering problems from an injury suffered during the first game of the season. Kudos to Mariota for still having a lot of hustle and heart; he goes all out every game.
MARIOTA STIFF ARM AND TRUCK STICK pic.twitter.com/9tjNwVXaos
— Titans Film Room (@titansfilmroom) October 21, 2018
This loss hurts. The Titans complained this year about not getting national respect and recognition and a win overseas could have gotten them more RESPECT but it just didn’t happen. This week’s game was a vast improvement over last week’s game, which was a total beatdown by the Ravens with the eleven sacks and no score by Tennessee. Two touchdowns in a game are certainly better than none.
The Titans are no longer the leaders in the AFC South, that title now belongs to the Houston Texans who have had four wins in a row. The Titans are now 3-4 as are the Jacksonville Jaguars; more losses than wins halfway through the season. It’s not a good feeling.
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) October 21, 2018
The Titans have their bye week. They have time to rest, heal and regroup. Next up for the team is Monday Night Football in Dallas, Texas as they take on the Cowboys. Another chance to gain some national recognition and respect. If all the players would just put out that extra effort and give it their all, maybe they can grab a victory and that respect that they desire.
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