Found October 04, 2013 on isportsweb.com:
PLAYERS: Jake Locker
TEAMS: Tennessee Titans
Though the Tennessee Titans pulled off an impressive 38-13 win over the New York Jets this past Sunday, this beating has been overlooked due to the injury to Jake Locker. It has been reported that Locker will miss at least three games after being careened off of Jets’ defensive linemen, Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples with 11:14 left in the third quarter of Sunday’s game.  Both players were later fined for their role in the play. Before leaving the game, Jake Locker was having the best game of his short NFL career.  In the first half, Locker threw for 149 yards completing 18 of 23 attempts.  Locker also threw for three scores and rushed for 17 yards. After Locker was carted off the field, Mike Munchak turned to back up quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick.  A veteran quarterback who has been surrounded by mediocre teams for the majority of his career, Fitzpatrick threw for over 100 yards and a touchdown against the shaky Jets defense. Because the Titans are 3-1 and have been playing so well as a team, the minimal role that running back Chris Johnson has been forced to play has been overshadowed.  Though coming close to eclipsing the 100 yard mark over the past few weeks, Johnson only touched the ball 15 times Sunday while Jackie Battle was the team’s leading rusher gaining 42 yards on the ground.  Johnson averaged a mere 1.4 yards per carry. Each week of the season thus far can be summed up in a similar matter in regards to Tennessee.  Physical defensive play, no turnovers and Chris Johnson playing a minor role in all of this success.  This week was no different. The Tennessee defense was stellar yet again forcing four New York turnovers.  Rookie quarterback, Geno Smith, threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles.  The Jets’ offense was held to under 100 yards on the ground and only scored one touchdown, which came in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of reach.  The Titans defense continues to dominate offenses giving up 17.25 points per game while cornerback, Alterraun Verner, leads the league in interceptions. It is true that the Tennessee Titans have not beaten a team with a winning record but certainly show more promise than in years past.  Week 5 brings the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs into LP Field for a matchup that should feature two of the best defenses in the NFL.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

QB Fitzpatrick ready to take over reins for Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Just like he replaced Jake Locker in the third quarter of the win last Sunday over the Jets, and just like he will do so Sunday against the visiting Chiefs, Ryan Fitzpatrick followed the injured Titans quarterback to the podium. Before limping away without crutches or any assistance, though, Locker had explained that news of his sprained right hip and knee was...

Ryan Fitzpatrick serviceable for Titans with Jake Locker out

Just as the Tennessee Titans began to show promise, their season came into question when starting quarterback Jake Locker suffered a hip injury in the 38-13 win over the New York Jets in Week 4. After being carted off the field and undergoing multiple examinations, he is expected to miss four to six weeks, according to Jim Wyatt of USA Today. The Titans, who finished last season...

Kenny Britt will not be a Tennessee Titan by November

Following a “good week of practice,” Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt will play on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs in Tennessee. The 24-year-old Britt is recovering from a cracked rib and missed last week’s game. Inking a five-year deal worth $9.46 million after being taken by Tennessee out of Rutgers 30th overall in 2009, the Titans don’t plan to re-sign Britt. Clearly...

Titans Injury Report: Kenny Britt, Shonn Greene, Jake Locker

The Tennessee Titans host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in a week five matchup between two AFC teams that are surprising people this season. At 3-1, the Titans are tied with the Indianapolis Colts for first in the division. They'll be looking to deliver the Chiefs their first loss of the season, but Tennesseee will be without starting quarterback Jake Locker. The young quarterback...

Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans: 2013 Week 5 NFL Pick

Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) at Tennessee Titans (3-1) Kansas City is 4-0 right now. However, their opponents have a combined record of 3-13. They’ve faced 3/4s of arguably the worst division in football, the NFC East, along with a Jacksonville team that’s worse than any team since the 2008 Lions and even that’s a debate. They luck out here though. While Tennessee is 3-1, they...

The Titans’ Lethal Weapons

The team with the ninth overall defense has been getting little recognition over the past couple of years, but now that the Tennessee Titans have brought in defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, their defense is one not to take lightly, as they have a bunch of stars flying under the radar. With the few exceptions of defensive end Kamerion Wimbley and safeties Bernard Pollard and...

Titans, Chiefs winning through lots of turnovers

Safety Michael Griffin has a theory on why teammate Alterraun Verner has been a one-man turnover machine. Maybe, just maybe the Titans ticked Verner off when they opened up his cornerback job for competition this offseason. It's Verner's job for sure now, and he's leading the NFL with six takeaways all by himself. He's a big reason why the Titans (3-1) and undefeated...

Greene: Knee ‘getting better’

When running back Shonn Greene had arthroscopic knee surgery on Sept. 16 the Titans hoped it would only keep him out a few games. Greene has missed two games since and his availability for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs doesn’t look good after he missed practice again Wednesday. Greene was hurt in the season opener but didn’t have surgery until eight days later. Greene...

Titans waive DE Dawson, add Smith

The Titans on Saturday released defensive end Keyunta Dawson to make room for quarterback Rusty Smith on the team’s 53-man roster. Smith will serve as Ryan Fitzpatrick’s back-up on Sunday vs. the Chiefs.

Chiefs Titans Primer: Fear Fitzpatrick

I could care less the Tennessee Titans are starting a quarterback on Sunday that has lost his confidence and is one step removed from premier NFL starter to back-up; he’s owned the Kansas City Chiefs.

Chiefs sit 2 starters; Titans sit Hill, Locker

The Tennessee Titans have deactivated defensive tackle Sammie Hill for a third straight game. Titans quarterback Jake Locker and Chiefs right tackle Eric Fisher had already been declared out for their game Sunday. The Titans deactivated running back Shonn Greene, who will miss his fourth straight game with an injured right knee. Antonio Johnson is starting for Hill. Fisher, the...

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jake Locker, the Titans, and the Chiefs

It is  well-known by this point that the Tennessee Titans will be without Jake Locker for likely the next three games because of his hip injury. That means backup Ryan Fitzpatrick will be pressed into duties as the starter, with Rusty Smith the new backup as the Titans finally made that roster move. In Fitzpatrick, the Titans have one of the better backup quarterbacks in the...

Wilkerson, Coples fined for hit on Jake Locker

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports and Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News,  Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson are being fined for their hit on Titans quarterback jake Locker.  Both players will appeal. Despite Jake Locker saying there should be no fines on the hits that injured him, @mowilkerson was fined $15,785 on it. It's being appealed — Jason La Canfora...

Jets DLs confirm fines, will appeal

New York Jets defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples say they will appeal their fines by the NFL for their hits on Tennessee's Jake Locker. Wilkerson says Thursday he was docked $15,785 for roughing the passer, but adds that no penalty was called on the play and insists it wasn't ''a dirty hit.'' Coples was fined $7,875, and also says his...

Backup QB turned starter takes over for Titans

Ryan Fitzpatrick likes how he looks with a bushy beard, it makes him feel comfortable. Now, about to make his first start in Tennessee with Jake Locker sidelined with a sprained hip, Fitzpatrick is a little upset with himself for shaving his face clean a month ago. His current beard isn't nearly as impressive, and Fitzpatrick needs any edge he can get. ''It's never...
Titans News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.