The reigning AFC Champions kicked off their 2012 season against a Tennessee Titans team many felt wouldn’t pose much of a threat to a team led by Bill Belicheck and Tom Brady. The Titans did more than pose a threat; they shutdown the Patriots offense and cruised to a 27-16 victory.
Titans quarterback Jake Locker wowed the fans at LP Field in his first NFL start, throwing for 256 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. Locker completed only 59% of his passes, but looked very comfortable in the pocket. He made good decisions the entire game and wasn’t afraid to throw the ball away when a play didn’t develop. He also managed to spread the ball to six different receivers including four passes to wide receiver Nate Washington for 81 yards.
Titans running back Chris Johnson went over the century mark for 109 yards on 28 carries. Despite the solid yardage, CJ never got into a rhythm and did not find the end zone.
The real story of the game? Tennessee’s defense. They forced four turnovers including three uncharacteristic interceptions by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Linebacker Will Witherspoon took one of those Brady INTs to the house for a touchdown. Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks led all defenders with seven tackles including four tackles for loss and one sack. Defensive end Derrick Morgan also added one sack.
The Titans will travel to San Diego next week for a date with the Chargers. Despite surprising the league with the victory over New England, the Titans find themselves in the underdog role yet again. Titans Head Coach Mike Munchak says that’s just the way they like it.
Note: The statistics and storylines represented within this blog are completely fictional. The information is based on a season play-through of Madden NFL 13 for the Playstation 3. Games are played on All-Pro difficulty with 12 minute quarters and auto-clock runoff set to "on."