STORY OF THE WEEK
Remember the Titans? Remember the team that went 13-3 last season — including a win over the eventual Super Bowl champs?
Three weeks into the season, much of that has been forgotten, with Tennessee buried in an 0-3 hole after Sunday’s loss to the Jets.
“No panic stage — nothing,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher told reporters afterward.
Maybe it’s time for a little dose of panic in Nashville. Since 1990, only three teams have made the playoffs following an 0-3 start. Only one (the 1992 Chargers) went on to win the division.
So why isn’t Fisher flipping out over his team’s start? Well, perhaps the Titans just haven’t gotten it all together yet.
In Week 1, the offense struggled while the defense held Pittsburgh to 13 points. In Week 2, running back Chris Johnson pretty much couldn’t be stopped — only to be upstaged by Houston and the Matt Schaub show. And Sunday, the Titans may have just run into a hot start for rookie coach Rex Ryan, rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez and the undefeated Jets.
Tennessee has lost its first three games by a combined 13 points, so this isn’t exactly a team that is getting blown out every week (hello, Cleveland).
But if panic is not the right word, maybe frustration is.
“It’s frustrating,” quarterback Kerry Collins said Sunday. “By no means can we start pointing fingers and start pushing panic buttons. We’ve just got to stay together and keep believing in what we are doing and we’ll get it turned around.”
And to stave off more of it, the Titans must turn around their season soon, with the next three weeks featuring matchups with Indianapolis and New England.
Five trends from Week 3
1. (up) Baltimore under coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco can pile up the points. The Ravens are averaging 34.3 a game after crushing the Browns 34-3 on Sunday. Flacco threw for 342 yards against Cleveland, showing each week why he belongs in the discussion as one of the NFL’s top young quarterbacks.
2. (down) The Steelers haven’t been terrible, but the defending Super Bowl champions’ offense has been largely missing in the season’s first three weeks. Pittsburgh is putting up yards but is ranked 25th in the league with 15.7 points a game. Losing to the Bengals… that’s also cause for concern.
3. (up) Reggie Wayne is a known commodity, but Peyton Manning has to be pretty great to make Pierre Garcon look like Marvin Harrison. Garcon had 64 yards receiving in the Colts’ 31-10 blowout of the Cardinals on Sunday night, perhaps keeping Indianapolis from missing Anthony Gonzalez.