Kendall Wright scored his first career touchdown and Kenny Britt caught his first pass in nearly a year but the Tennessee Titans fell to 0-2 when they lost 38-10 to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium.
Tennessee gave up the first 17 points and the last 14 points of the contest, and allowed 30 or more in the first two games of a season (it lost 34-13 in Week 1) for the first time since 1972. That year the then-Houston Oilers finished 1-13.
San Diego’s victory was its ninth straight in the series, a streak that dates back to 1993.
Wright’s touchdown reception from 15 yards made it 24-10 with 2:20 to play in the third quarter After that the Chargers had a pair of lengthy touchdown drives — 11 plays, 80 yards and 13 plays, 69 yards. In between, the Titans had their sixth three-and-out.
Tennessee’s offense was outgained 416-212, had nine first downs to San Diego’s 27 and converted one of nine third-down opportunities. Running Chris Johnson again failed to make an impact. He finished with 17 yards on eight carries.
The Titans’ longest play was a 46-yard pass from Jake Locker to tight end Craig Stevens as time expired. Locker was 15-for-30 for 174 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Damian Williams was the leading receiver with four receptions for 45 yards. Wright, the first-round pick in April, finished with two catches for 24 yards and Britt, in his return from reconstructive knee surgery and a one-game suspension, caught one pass for five yards.
San Diego was without starting tight end Antonio Gates and running back Ryan Matthews because of injuries but still blistered a Tennessee defense that was without starting defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks (knee injury) and middle linebacker Colin McCarthy (ankle injury).
Chargers backup tight end Dante Rosario scored three touchdowns and running back Jackie Battle added two. Roasrio, a sixth-year veteran, came into the game with five career touchdown catches, the last in 2009. Battle, also a sixth-year veteran, had four career touchdowns.