Jake Locker started slowly in his first game back from being out two weeks with a sprained MCL and a sprained hip. Locker and the Titans offense was sluggish through three quarters with just eight first downs through three quarters.
In the final quarter, with the Titans desperate, Locker managed to lead Tennessee to all 17 of its points.
“I don't think it was struggling to get going, I think it was struggling to keep going,” Locker said of the sluggish first half. “I thought we moved the ball. We just had some things end the drives for us, penalties and other stuff, missing throws, dropped passes, whatever it may be. We found ways to stall drives out.”
As for his health, Locker said he felt fine. And while he didn't scramble as much as usual, he did manage 29 yards on three runs, including a 16-yarder that set up first-and-goal.
“I thought I was able to do everything I needed to do. I felt comfortable in the pocket, felt good throwing the ball. Overall, I felt good,” Locker said.
Tight end Delanie Walker said Locker played well, as the quarterback completed 25 of 41 throws for 326 yards with two touchdowns and one interception (his first of the season).
“He played great. We have to help our quarterback,” Walker said. “We've got to do everything in our power to make sure he looks good, and we didn't do that. We had dropped ball and penalties, especially when we were moving the ball, an something like that would set us right back.”