Last week the New England Patriots put on an attack that the Titans simply were not good enough to handle.
Sunday in San Diego, the attack came from players that not a lot of Titans fans had even ever heard of.
Dante Rosario and Jackie Battle combined to blow out the Titans 38-10, putting Tennessee at 0-2 on the season, losing two games by a combined score of 72-23.
Rosario, playing for an injured Antonio Gates, scored three touchdowns, while Battle went in twice as the Bolts made it a long day for the Titans.
Gates was a game-time scratch due to a rib injury sustained in the season-opening win at Oakland. Rosario did an excellent job stepping in, and it looked at times like the Titans forgot to even cover him.
Philip Rivers,Antonio Gates, a player everyone knows about, beat up the Titans for three TD passes and a total of 284 yards on 24-for-32 passing. Malcom Floyd had six catches for 109 yards and Rosario four catches for 48 yards.
”When you have a quarterback like Rivers who is very good, he makes guys look good,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. ”He puts the ball where it’s supposed to be. Believe me, there was not a letdown when we knew Gates wasn’t playing. We knew they still had some great weapons and we saw that again today.”
Jake Locker was back for the Titans, and wasn’t very good for the second straight week. Locker was 15-for-30 passing for 174 yards. Chris Johnson had another rough outing, as he put up just 17 yards on eight carries.
In two games in 2011, Johnson has just 21 yards on 19 carries.
”No one wants to start 0-2,” Locker said. ”It’s not the way you envisioned it going. … I wasn’t able to move the ball consistently. Whatever’s not working for us, we have to figure it out and work hard to overcome it.”
And fast, as the Titans haven’t looked even competitive over the first two weeks of the 2012 season.
”I really don’t know what’s going on,” Johnson said. ”I don’t know how we’re going to fix it or whatever. Can’t get the running game going, can’t get no yards no matter what we do. I don’t know at this point.”
They had better figure it out fast, as many more games like Sunday in San Diego, and heads are going to start to role.