Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/18/12

After the Tennessee Titans visited San Diego to take on the Chargers, five main topics stood out to me. The Chargers won 38-10 and improved to 2-0, while the Titans dropped to 0-2.

1. Malcolm Floyd has stepped up after the departure of Vincent Jackson

Floyd has 10 receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown in the first two games of the season. He is now the number one wide receiver on the depth chart now that former star receiver, Vincent Jackson, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Floyd had a great game vs. the Titans catching six balls for 109 yards and his first touchdown of the season. At 6-5, Floyd plays a lot like Jackson as they are both big physical receivers. He is a constant downfield threat and should have a great season.

2. Philip Rivers loves throwing to his tight ends, whoever they are.

With Antonio Gates sitting this game out, Randy McMichael started at the tight end position for the Chargers. The backup was former Carolina Panther, Dante Rosario.

McMichael is an 11th year veteran and has always been a reliable receiver throughout his career. He finished the game with 3 catches for 29 yards. The big surprise of the game was Rosario. He ran great routes in the red zone and caught every pass thrown to him. He finished the game with 4 catches for 48 yards and had 3 touchdowns.

This shows that even with Philip Rivers’ favorite target Antonio Gates out of the game, he still favored throwing the ball to his tight ends. It doesn’t matter who is starting at tight end for the Chargers, Philip Rivers will find them on the football field.

3. The Titans cannot run the football.

After Titans running back rushed for a career low 4 yards on 11 attempts in Week 1, I expected him to bounce back and be a weapon for Tennessee in Week 2. He wasn’t.

Johnson finished the game with 17 yards on 8 attempts and caught 2 passes for 11 yards. He must improve his play significantly if he wants to lead this team and improve an offense that has been dismal thus far. Having just 21 yards rushing through the first two weeks for Chris Johnson is almost unbelievable and I hope he can get some blocking in the next couple games. He is one of the most electrifying, exciting players in the NFL and it is no fun for the fans if he can’t get in the open field.

4. Alterraun Verner and Michael Griffin had great games on defense for the Titans.

Alterraun Verner is a 3rd year player out of UCLA and has started every game since he entered the league. He is the main shutdown corner for the Titans now that Cortland Finnegan packed his bags for St. Louis.

Verner had a great game and was a bright spot for the Titans coaches after a disappointing game. Verner ended the game with 6 tackles, 1 interception, and 2 pass deflections.

Safety Michael Griffin had a great game and was found around the ball all night. He ended with 18 tackles while 16 of them were solo. He has improved over the years while starting for the Titans and showed that he is a great player against the run as well as pass coverage. The Chargers did have the ball significantly more than the Titans, but whoever gets 18 tackles in one game deserves credit.

5. The Chargers will have a good season; the Titans will have a rough season.

After Sunday’s result, the Chargers improved to 2-0 while the Titans fell to 0-2. San Diego has to be happy with their first two wins since they have been a slow starting team for years.

The Titans have lost both games so far and never really threatened the opposing team at all. San Diego will host the Atlanta Falcons next week which should be a great matchup to see how the Chargers match up against a very good football team.

The Titans will host the Detroit Lions in Week 3 and must have a great game to earn their first victory of the season. The future is not looking good for the Titans if they cannot get their offense underway as they do not play an easy schedule. I expect the Chargers to have a good season while the Titans will have a rough season and not make the playoffs.



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