Another woeful performance sends Titans to defeat vs. Vikings

Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 7:36pm
Staff reports

Robert Johnson and Jordan Babineaux intercepted passes and the Tennessee Titans allowed their fewest points of the season. That was the good news, such as it were.

With Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback in place of the injured Jake Locker, the offense was shut out for more than three quarters and the Titans lost 30-7 to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis.

Tennessee is now 1-4 with a short week to prepare for its next contest, Thursday against Pittsburgh (7:20 p.m., LP Field, NFL Network).

Coming into the contest, the Titans had just one interception and Minnesota’s Christian Ponder was the NFL’s only starting quarterback who had not been picked off this season.

Johnson got the first (the first of his career) off a deflection on the next-to-last play of the first half, which ended with the Vikings (4-1) up 13-0. Babineaux ended Minnesota’s opening third-quarter possession with the next.

The last time the defense had more than one interception in a game was Oct. 30, 2011 against Indianapolis.

Still, that unit did little to improve its position as the NFL’s worst, in terms of points allowed. All five opponents have scored 30 points or more. Only one other team in NFL history allowed 30 or more in each of the first five games of the season.

Plus, Ponder became the fifth consecutive opposing quarterback to complete more than 70 percent of his passes as the Vikings set a season-high with 433 total yards. The 12th overall pick in 2011 (four spots after Tennessee selected Locker) finished 25-for-35 for 258 yards with a pair of second-half touchdowns, the second to tight end Kyle Rudolph just under four minutes after the Titans finally got on the board.

Hasselbeck completed six of eight passes on a 12-play, 77-yard drive capped by Jared Cook’s 10-yard touchdown reception. That nearly doubled the Titans’ total offense to that point and made it 23-7 with 10:35 to play.

The veteran quarterback finished 26-43 for 200 yards with one touchdown and one interception in his first start of the season, and Kendall Wright had a team-high nine catches for 66 yards.

Chris Johnson and the running game struggled again. The running back gained just 24 yards on 15 carries. He also lost a second-quarter fumble, one play after Tennessee successfully executed a fake punt.

Percy Harvin led Minnesota with eight receptions for 108 yards and touchdown. He added two rushes for eight yards and another touchdown.

12 Comments on this post:

By: courier37027 on 10/7/12 at 5:53

A brutal, horrible performance capped by the self-proclaimed "playmaker" 's backward run on fourth down and one.

By: Rasputin72 on 10/7/12 at 6:20

The Titans are not the worst Nfl franchise in the last 50 years but they probably are a very serios candidate.

By: jwk6179 on 10/7/12 at 8:47

When Javon Ringer got hurt and was carted off the field, everyone where I was watching the game stated that should have be Chris Johnson that was injured and carted off the field. Then maybe the Titans could salvage this season!!

By: govskeptic on 10/8/12 at 4:42

Man oh man, is there ever work to be done within this team. Offensive line
allowed QB to be on the run most of the day. Defense, especially line, was
in just as bad a shape. Season grows shorter-problems grow longer.

By: bobyounts@comca... on 10/8/12 at 7:50

Please somebody have mercy on this team and MOVE them; quickly

By: shinestx on 10/8/12 at 7:59

It's quite a difference when a team's interceptions are from deflected/pop-up balls and an outright spring and grab from a good cornerback. This Titans team has nothing good, least of all are the corners. OMG... they couldn't catch a cold without it getting to the end-zone before they do!

By: TITAN1 on 10/8/12 at 8:17

Not a very good team right now, that is for sure. Hope they find a way to turn it around Thursday night against Pittsburgh. Win or lose, GO TITANS!

By: 4gold on 10/8/12 at 8:21

Both lines are getting owned everytime out. it all starts there. Hasselback had 4 guys in his face with a 4 man rush all day. D line got gashed up the gut all day and ZERO pressure on the Viking QB running unmolested drills.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: Titan9282 on 10/8/12 at 9:03

This team is bad. But, I am not going to place all of the blame on the players. I think the coaching is as bad, if not worse, than the players. Their schemes are not cutting it. This Thursday against the Steelers is going to be bad. If they get trounced like they have been this week, there HAS to be a coaching change. Bud is surely not that senile to let this go on much longer. I dont care how much he loves Munch. No disrespect to Munch, but I think he is over his head. He looks lifeless on the sideline. He shows 0 emotion. I understand that is his way. But, come on, show some form of interest in the game. This team is headed for a disaster. I cannot see more than 3 or 4 wins from this team. And if that is the case, there HAS to be some changes If that means Gray and/or Palmer, then so be it. This is not working. I am dissappointed in how this team has performed. But, the only way for Bud to get the point is for people not to go to the games, so if you want to change, make Bud listen. I hate to say it that way.

By: jwk6179 on 10/8/12 at 1:58

Chris Johnson has basically ruined the chances of any other Running Back in the NFL from ever getting another BIG CONTRACT. Since Chris Johnson held out last season before he signed the Biggest contract in NFL history for a running back, WHAT HAS HE DONE since then to earn that kind of money? Absolutely Nothing. So far this season, he has only one game in which he has rushed for more than 30 yards and no rushing TDs. The one game in which he had over 100 yards (Houston), the majority of those yards came in the 2nd half after the game was already decided. For a SELF PROCLAIMED "PLAYMAKER", he has made any plays worth noting since he made that statement.

By: jwk6179 on 10/8/12 at 2:00

That last line should read "He hasn't made any plays worth noting since he made that statement".

By: Ask01 on 10/10/12 at 7:28

One positive aspect is, just as Mayor Bredesen promised, having a National Football League franchise in Nashville has certainly brought the city national exposure and put us on the map.

Say, how is the flow of money, jobs, and prosperity he hinted would accompany the team working out?