The old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
The Tennessee Titans once again flew in the face of that cliché Sunday, holding off the Oakland Raiders 13-9 to improve to 5-2 this season.
Yet, for the Titans, plenty of things, especially on offense, remain in need of repair.
The Titans used a victory formula that has become very familiar this season, somehow scoring just enough points on offense despite continual red-zone breakdowns, then asking the defense to stave off a late challenge to preserve the win.
Sunday against the Raiders, the Titans reached the end zone just once — on rookie Chris Henry’s 24-yard touchdown — to go with a pair of field goals from Rob Bironas after Titans drives stalled at the Oakland 17 and the 5.
“I don’t think we like it, but it’s making us very tough mentally and physically,” said safety Chris Hope, whose fourth-quarter interception on a deep pass to Jerry Porter was one of the game-saving plays for Tennessee. “Throughout the week, we prepare for that. All I can say is that when our offense plays to the potential that it has, because it has great potential, we can be a scary team.”
The only scare the Titans offense provided Sunday was the Halloween mask running back LenDale White donned at the start of his postgame interview. White did his part offensively, rushing for a career high 133 yards on the heels of last week’s 104 yards, but Tennessee had little else to offer offensively.