Titans Blown Out By Giants in 36-7 Trouncing

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.

Giants vs Titans NFL Week 14 Inactives

Giants: LB Mark Herzlich, LB Jacquian Williams, OL James Brewer, CB Jayron Hosley, RB Chris Ogbonnaya, G Eric Herman.

Titans: WR Kendall Wright, RB Shonn Greene, DB Jemea Thomas, RT Michael Oher, LT Taylor Lewan, DL DaQuan Jones, OLB Kamerion Wimbley.

Titans President Says Roster Will Be ‘A Lot Different’ in 2015

Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith is upset and embarrassed that his team is 2-10, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

Smith is confident coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster are the right men to haul the franchise out of a terrible rut. What needs to change, according to Smith, is a roster that lacks quality depth — something that was exposed as injuries mounted in recent weeks.

“The roster is going to look a lot different next year,” Smith said Wednesday. “Players need to be playing to the best of their abilities right now, and that will determine their future. There may be some players whose contracts might be up, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to be here. There may be some players with multiyear contracts, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to be here.

“I can assure you this: I am committed to making this thing right. And we are going to build a team that this town and the fans can be proud of. I am going to build an organization and a team that is going to be known for winning, not losing. People will say, ‘How can you say that with a 2-10 team?’ I know there is a lot of work to do. It’s taking longer than I hoped. But this thing is going to get fixed.”

“I am terribly disappointed for the fans. I know they’re not happy, and I am right there with them. I am disappointed, I am angry. I want to win, and I want to win now,” Smith said. “I want the fans to know I appreciate their support, and I know in these economic times money comes dearly and they have other options. But I am committed to getting this right for them, and sooner rather than later. …

“We understand the problems, we regret it. The reality is this is where we are right now. But trust me, we all want to carry the trophy and we are going to get there.”

Giants vs Titans Thursday Injury Report

NEW YORK GIANTS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T James Brewer (concussion), LB Mark Herzlich (concussion), RB Rashad Jennings (ankle)
Thursday T James Brewer (concussion), LB Mark Herzlich (concussion), RB Rashad Jennings (ankle), LB Jacquian Williams (concussion, shoulder)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), LB Jameel McClain (knee), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back, shoulder), LB Jacquian Williams (concussion, shoulder)
Thursday DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), LB Jameel McClain (knee), WR Preston Parker (knee), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back, shoulder)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Justin Pugh (quadricep)
Thursday T Justin Pugh (quadricep)
TENNESSEE TITANS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Taylor Lewan (ankle), T Michael Oher (toe), LB Kamerion Wimbley (hamstring)
Thursday T Taylor Lewan (ankle), LB Kamerion Wimbley (hamstring), WR Kendall Wright (hand)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Zach Mettenberger (right shoulder), G Chance Warmack (ankle), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (back)
Thursday QB Zach Mettenberger (right shoulder), T Michael Oher (toe), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (back)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Marqueston Huff (hamstring)
Thursday CB Marqueston Huff (hamstring), G Chance Warmack (ankle)

Giants vs Titans NFL Week 14 Capsule

NEW YORK GIANTS (3-9) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (2-10)

SERIES

GIANTS TITANS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 5-5
STREAKS   Past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Coughlin: 7-12 Whisenhunt: 1-2
LAST WEEK L 25-24 at Jaguars L 45-21 at Texans
LAST GAME 9/26/10: Titans 29 at Giants 10. Tennessee RB Chris Johnson rushes for 125 yards & 2 TDs. Titans WR Kenny Britt adds 13-yard TD catch in 3rd quarter.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/26/06: Titans 24, Giants 21. Tennessee rookie QB Vince Young leads comeback from 21-0 deficit, passing for 249 yards & 2 TDs & rushing for 69 yards & TD. CB Adam Jones has 2 INTs.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, David Diehl, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 133 (NYG), 119 (Ten.). XM: 229 (Ten.).

STATS

PASSING
  1. Manning: 277-440-3080-22-12-89.0
Mettenberger (R): 93-155-1287-8-6-87.8
RUSHING Jennings: 154-598-3.9-4 Sankey (R): 122-474-3.9-2
RECEIVING Randle: 56-609-10.9-2 Wright: 51-633-12.4-5
OFFENSE 347.3 313.4
TAKE/GIVE -7 -6
DEFENSE 385.0 385.3
SACKS Pierre-Paul: 5 Casey: 5
INTs Rolle, Demps: 3 McCourty: 3
PUNTING Weatherford: 45.7 Kern: 46.1
KICKING
  1. Brown: 65 (32/32 PAT; 11/12 FG)
Succop: 63 (24/24 PAT; 13/15 FG)

NOTES

GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING passed for 386 yards in last meeting. In past 3 vs. AFC, has 5 TDs, 0 INTs & 100 rating. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rating & has 107.1 rating in past 2…RB RASHAD JENNINGS aims for 4th in row vs. Ten. with 100+ scrimmage yards or TD. Rushed for 91 yards & 2 TDs last week. Rookie RB ANDRE WILLIAMS leads NFC rookies with 5 rush TDs…Rookie WR ODELL BECKHAM, JR. led NFL with 593 yards in Nov. Is 1st rookie in NFL history with 90+ rec. yards in 5 games in calendar month. Aims for 7th in row with 90+ rec. yards or rec. TD. TE LARRY DONNELL ranks 2nd among NFC TEs with 6 TDs & TE DANIEL FELLS ties for 5th with 4. WR RUEBEN RANDLE leads team with career-high 56 catches…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 10.5 sacks in past 15 vs. AFC, incl. 1.5 last week. Is only DE in NFL with 2 INT-TDs since 2012. Rookie LB DEVON KENNARD had 1st 2 career sacks last week. DE MATHIAS KIWANUKA had sack in last meeting. DT JOHNATHAN HANKINS had sack last week & has career-best 4.5 sacks…TITANS: In 5 career starts, rookie QB ZACH METTENBERGER (Rd. 6, No. 178 overall) has 1,270 passing yards & 8 TDs for 91.8 rating. Aims for 6th in row with TD pass…Rookie RB BISHOP SANKEY (Rd. 2, No. 54 overall) had 113 total yards last week (42 rush, 71 KR). Has 50+ total yards in 6 of past 7. Ranks 4th among AFC rookies in rush yards (474). RB SHONN GREENE has 3,938 career rush yards & needs 62 to reach 4,000 career…WR KENDALL WRIGHT led team with season-high 132 yards on 7 catches (18.9 avg.) & TD last week. Last week, WR NATE WASHINGTON had 5 catches for 61 yards, incl. 25-yard TD, & reached 400 career receptions. WR JUSTIN HUNTER (498) needs 2 rec. yards to reach 500 for 1st time in career. TE DELANIE WALKER ranks 2nd among AFC TEs in rec. yards (673) & has 44 catches with 4 TDs…In past 6 vs. NFC, DT JURRELL CASEY has 7.5 sacks & FF. S MICHAEL GRIFFIN leads team with 84 tackles. Had 12 tackles & FF in only career meeting. CB JASON MC COURTY had FF & FR last week vs. Hou.

Titans Place WR Justin Hunter On IR With Lacerated Spleen

The Titans put second-year wide receiver Justin Hunter on injured reserve Tuesday due to a lacerated spleen according to Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean.

It is a disappointing end for what has to be considered a disappointing season for a talented wideout many were expecting great things from in 2014.

Instead, Hunter was one of the league’s least-efficient receivers this season, averaging just 1.32 yards per route run. Hunter caught more than three passes in only 2-of-12 games, and astonishingly failed to log a single five-catch effort.

Hunter has all the ability in the world, but has thus far been able to match it with the proper football smarts. Issues at play-caller and quarterback have not helped. Still only 23, Hunter still has a chance to make a splash in the NFL but to date he has not inspired confidence in any predictions that 2015 will be his breakout year.

Titans Release Veteran LB Shaun Phillips

The Titans were hopeful they would get a boost to their defense from veteran Shaun Phillips. Now with five weeks left in the season, the Titans are cutting ties with him.

Reports say the team has let Phillips walk today, putting up just 19 tackles and two sacks this year for Tennessee.

Phillips has played in 11 games this season, with one start for the Titans. He played with the Broncos last season after playing 9 seasons with the Chargers from 2004 to 2012.

Titans Fall Behind Fast; Lose Badly to Eagles 43-24

The Titans got off to an awful start Sunday vs the Eagles, and things didn’t really get much better as the team fell to 2-9 with a 43-24 loss in Philadelphia.

Josh Huff started the long day for the Titans with a 107-yard kickoff return, and LeSean McCoy ran all over the Titans for 130 yards and a score.

Rookie QB Zach Mettenberger had 345 yards passing and two TDs and Delanie Walker had 155 yards receiving for the Titans, who were coming off a 27-24 loss Monday night to the Steelers.

Huff ran up the right side, broke a tackle inside the 30, cut to the right sideline and stiff-armed a defender at the Titans 20 on his way to the end zone for his first career TD.

His return was the longest in franchise history and the 10th non-offensive touchdown for Philadelphia this season.

After the first of four straight three-and-outs to start the game by the Titans, the Eagles went up 14-0 on a 4-yard TD run by Darren Sproles.

McCoy had a 2-yard TD run in the second quarter. Mark Sanchez fired a 14-yard TD pass to James Casey in the third quarter.

The Titans didn’t get a first down until Mettenberger threw a 40-yard TD pass to Justin Hunter on their fifth offensive series. Brandon Ghee intercepted Sanchez at the Eagles 30 to set up the score that cut it to 17-7.

Mettenberger tossed a 68-yard pass to Delanie Walker to start the next drive to set up Shonn Greene’s 2-yard TD run, cutting the deficit to 20-14.

Cody Parkey kicked field goals of 36, 26, 35, 40 and 50 yards but his 49-yard attempt hit the post at the end of the first half to snap his successful streak at 17.

The Eagles sacked Mettenberger five times, including 2 1/2 by Connor Barwin and two for Trent Cole.