The Titans awful season continued with another awful loss Sunday at home, this time to the New York Giants, who broke a 7-game losing streak with a 36-7 beating in Nashville.
Tennessee is now 2-11 on the season.
The loss was cemented by losing rookie QB Zach Mettenberger, who will probably miss the rest of the season after his worst day as a pro.
He was just 14-of-24 passing for 125 yards, was intercepted once and fumbled twice, and in three quarters didn’t get the Titans to a score. He left with a shoulder injury.
“He really didn’t have much of an opportunity to have any kind of day today,” wide receiver Nate Washington said.
“His day was avoiding pressure. I don’t want to point a finger anywhere. But it’s tough to judge and gauge his day when the majority of it was based around avoiding other defenders.”
The Titans lost its seventh straight and for the 11th time in 12 games with a performance that had fans booing and even a handful wearing paper bags over their heads.
This is the franchise’s longest slide since losing 11 straight in 1994 as the then-Houston Oilers.
“Obviously, it was a tough day today,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “It’s not fun, but we’re working. The only thing is our guys, they’re trying, they’re working hard, and we’ll keep working and come out of it.”
Giants QB Eli Manning had a big day against the Titans D, as he threw for 260 yards and a touchdown.
Two rookies put up big numbers for the Giants – Odell Beckham Jr. set a team rookie record with his fourth game with 100 yards receiving this season: 11 catches for 130 yards and a TD. Andre Williams ran for a season-high 131 yards, including a 50-yard TD.
For the Titans, the patchwork effect on offense showed. The Titans had only four players that started the season at their positions with left tackle Taylor Lewan and right tackle Michael Oher missing their second straight starts because of injuries.
When right tackle Byron Stingily went down, Tennessee finished with a tackle signed Tuesday.
The Titans’ only points came when Marqueston Huff returned an interception 23 yards for a TD. The Titans couldn’t even run out the final seconds of the first half properly, drawing a penalty for an illegal snap that prompted boos from fans still paying attention.