Titans Blow Historic Lead in Falling 29-28 To Browns

Cleveland Browns v Tennessee Titans

For 30 minutes Sunday – it all seemed to come together for the Titans.

Then, as quick as they built what seemed to be a dominating 25-point lead – they blew it.

And looked ugly in the process.

The Titans fall to 1-4 on the year, losing a game that many had as a “W” in the standings after the second quarter, falling 29-28 to the Browns.

How bad was it? It was the biggest comeback victory in Browns history and also the Titans’ biggest blown lead since relocating from Houston to Tennessee.

“It was an unbelievably tough loss,” said coach Ken Whisenhunt. “A lot of it was self-inflicted, it just didn’t go our way … It’s a very, very difficult loss for us today.”

The Titans had two picks called back due to penalty, and even tried to gamble late, going for it on 4th and inches with backup QB Charlie Whitehurst on a sneak that totally failed.

The gamble came with 3:09 left on their own 42, and Whitehurst was stuffed as he could not pick up the first down. The Browns took over on downs, trailing 28-22, and five plays later, it was over.

The defeat came when Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer connected with Travis Benjamin on a 6-yard touchdown pass to tie the game. Billy Cundiff’s extra point gave the Browns a 29-28 edge, sending the Titans faithful home stunned.

“We considered (punting),” Whisenhunt said of the late gamble on 4th down. “We had a number of options … We thought about not going for it, but right there we had a chance to win it (with quarterback sneak), but it got away.”

Jake Locker got off to a hot start, but got knocked out after Browns linebacker Chris Kirksey used his forearm to hit Locker in the head when the Titans quarterback scored his touchdown in the second quarter.

He left for good when Cleveland cornerback Buster Skrine hit Locker in the helmet as the quarterback was attempting a pass.

Locker injured his throwing thumb on the play. He went to the locker room a never played a down, but Whitehurst got the team to 28-3 with a pair of TD’s before they simply shutdown.

Locker was 8 of 11 passes for 79 yards and a TD while also rushing four times for 34 yards and a TD. Whitehurst completed 13 of 21 passes for 194 yards and two TDs.

There’s no way to cover up how bad this loss it – only try to rebound from it. Again.

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Titans at Colts NFL Week Four Inactives

Titans: QB Jake Locker, WR Kris Durham, CB Brandon Harris, LB Akeem Ayers, T Byron Stingily, TE Taylor Thompson, DE Ropati Pitoitua.

Colts: WR Da’Rick Rogers, S Colt Anderson, LB Jerrell Freeman, LB Andy Studebaker, C Khaled Holmes, G Hugh Thornton, DL Art Jones.

Titans at Colts Wednesday Injury Report

TENNESSEE TITANS
 
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday QB Jake Locker (right wrist), TE Taylor Thompson (knee), TE Delanie Walker (shoulder)
 
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB James Anderson (thigh), DE Ropati Pitoitua (knee)
 
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
 
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Ahmad Bradshaw (not injury related), CB Darius Butler (neck), LB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), LB Mario Harvey (hamstring), LB D’Qwell Jackson (not injury related), DT Arthur Jones (ankle), S LaRon Landry (not injury related), LB Andy Studebaker (hamstring), G Hugh Thornton (ankle), WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related)
 
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Colt Anderson (groin), CB Vontae Davis (ankle), WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle), G Joe Reitz (ankle), CB Gregory Toler (ribs)

Poll: Who Wins Sundays AFC South Titans vs Colts Battle?

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Titans at Colts NFL Week Four Capsule

TENNESSEE TITANS (1-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1-2)

SERIES

TITANS COLTS
SERIES LEADER   25-13
STREAKS   Past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Whisenhunt: 0-1 Pagano: 4-0
LAST WEEK L 33-7 at Bengals W 44-17 at Jaguars
LAST GAME 12/1/13: Titans 14 at Colts 22. Indianapolis RB Donald Brown rushes for 52 yards & TD. Colts K Adam Vinatieri kicks 5 FGs (47, 48, 45, 37, 49), including 4 in first half.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/1/13
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 84 (Ten.), 138 (Ind.). XM: 228 (Ind.).

 

STATS

PASSING Locker: 57-101-685-3-4-70.8 Luck: 86-126-912 (1C)-9 (1L)-3-103.0 (3C)
RUSHING Greene: 30-144-4.8-1 Richardson: 41-156-3.8-0
RECEIVING Walker (TE): 17-233-13.7-2 Wayne: 16-188-11.8-0
OFFENSE 348.3 426.0 (1C)
TAKE/GIVE +1 0
DEFENSE 304.3 (3C) 387.7
SACKS Casey: 2 Walden: 2
INTs McCourty: 2 (T1C) Toler: 2 (T1C)
PUNTING Kern: 44.7 McAfee: 52.7 (1L)
KICKING Succop: 19 (4/4 PAT; 5/7 FG) Vinatieri: 29 (11/11 PAT; 6/6 FG)

NOTES

TITANS:In last road start vs. AFC South (vs. Hou. on 9/15/13), QB JAKE LOCKER passed for 2 TDs with 92.1 rating. Titans are 6-2 when Locker starts & has 90+ rating…In only career start vs. Ind. (10/14/12 with Jets), RB SHONN GREENE had 161 yards on 32 att. (5 avg.) & 3 TDs.Has 4 rush TDs in past 4 on road, including TD last week. Has 3,862 career rushing yards & needs 138 to reach 4,000 career. Rookie RB BISHOP SANKEY (Round 2, No. 54 overall) rushed for 61 yards on 10 att. (6.1 avg.) last week …WR KENDALL WRIGHT has 3+ rec. in 17 of past 18 overall. Since joining Titans in 2009, WR NATE WASHINGTON leads team in rec. (272), rec. yards (4,004) & rec. TDs (26). TE DELANIE WALKER has TD catch in 2 of past 3…DT JURRELL CASEY has 5.5 sacks in past 7. Had 2 sacks in last meeting (tied for career-best). S BERNARD POLLARD leads team with 21 tackles. Had INT in last meeting. Since 2007, is 1 of 4 NFL players with 12+ INTs (12) & 10+ sacks (10.5). S GEORGE WILSON has 1st INT of season last week…COLTS: Aim for 9th win in row vs. AFC South…Last week, QB ANDREW LUCK completed 31 of 39 passes (79.5 pct.) for 370 yards with 4 TDs & 0 INTs for 140.4 rating. Luck & HOFer JOHNNY UNITAS (11/12/67) are only players in Colts history with 75+ comp. pct., 350+ yards, 4+ TDs & 0 INTs in game. Has 17 TD passes in past 7 overall…In past 2 games, RB TRENT RICHARDSON has 175 scrim. yards (136 rush, 39 rec.).Last week, RB AHMAD BRADSHAW rushed for 65 yards on 9 att. (7.2 avg.) & had TD catch. Leads NFL RBs with 3 TD catches in 2014…WR REGGIE WAYNE (1,022 catches; 13,754 yards) needs 3 receptions to surpass ISAAC BRUCE (1,024) for 7th all-time & 24 yards to move past HENRY ELLARD (13,777) for 10th all-time. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. Titans. Since 2001, has NFL-best 13,754 rec. yards. TE DWAYNE ALLEN has TD catch in 3 of past 4, including 1-yarder last week…LB JERRELL FREEMAN had INT in last meeting. Undrafted rookie DT KELCY QUARLES had 1st career sack last week. LB D’QWELL JACKSON leads team with 22 tackles, including 10 vs. Jax. Last week, S LA RON LANDRY posted 1st sack since joining Colts in 2013.

Rob Bironas Reported To Have Had Road Rage The Night Of Accident

Arizona Cardinals v Tennessee Titans

Former Titans kicker Rob Bironas was involved in two separate cases of road rage the night of his fatal SUV crash, people involved in the incidents have alleged, ESPN reports.

In a 911 call obtained Monday by several media outlets, a woman told the dispatcher that Bironas was driving erratically just before the Saturday night crash.

The woman said neither she nor her husband recognized the man who drove up behind them. She said he pulled his SUV up beside their vehicle and gave them a look before speeding away. The woman told the dispatcher that the man was dangerous and police needed to know something was wrong with him.

“We let him go on past us because he was trying to run me off the road and we don’t know who he was,” the woman told the dispatcher.

In additon, a Belmont University student told the Tennessean newspaper that he was in a pickup truck that Bironas attempted to hit that night. The student, Connor Fraley, was a passenger in a vehicle driving behind Bironas’ SUV when he, along with three others in the truck, noticed a burning smell coming from ahead.

“His window was down, and we pulled up and I said, ‘Hey man, just a heads up, something’s burning from your exhaust. Your exhaust smells horrible, just wanted to let you know,” Fraley told the newspaper. “He looked over at me and said, ‘I’m going to kill everybody in your (expletive) vehicle. It was so random, so bizarre I was like, ‘What?’ And he said the exact same thing again.”

Fraley said Bironas tried to follow the truck as it sped away and “he tried to sideswipe the vehicle and missed us by a foot.”

“It was a fight or flight situation and, unfortunately, we had to take flight at about 110 mph,” he told the newspaper. “It was very scary.”

The Tennessean also reported Monday night that Bironas’ wife reported him missing to police Saturday night.

A Metro Nashville Police spokesman says the accident investigation is ongoing. An autopsy was performed.

Tennessee at Cincinnati NFL Week 3 Inactives

Titans: QB Zach Mettenberger, WR T.J. Graham, WR Kris Durham, LB Akeem Ayers, OT Byron Stingily, DL DaQuan Jones, DL Mike Martin.

Bengals: RB Rex Burkhead, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, LB Vontaze Burfict, LB Sean Porter, OG Kevin Zeitler, WR Marvin Jones, DT Brandon Thompson.