Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker's numbers were decent Saturday night.
But they could have been much better had it not been for three dropped passes in the first half that not only hurt the quarterback's stats, but cost the Titans on the scoreboard as well.
Locker fired a catchable ball on third down to Nate Washington who saw the ball go through his hands as he was diving in the front corner of the end zone.
The Titans' Rob Bironas wound up missing a field goal attempt from 38 yards and the opportunity, which came courtesy of a Jurrell Casey sack and fumble recovery, went by the boards for Tennessee..
“I think that it's great that we're moving the ball on a consistent basis,” said Locker, who wound up 12 of 20 for 116 yards. “We are finding ways to get down there to have opportunities to score points. We have to find ways to score touchdowns when we get down there, because it can change the momentum of the game when you score seven instead of three.”
Locker's third-down pass to rookie tight end Jack Doyle was dropped, killing another drive that also ended in a missed field goal.
Receiver Kenny Britt also dropped a pass in the first half as well.
“Kenny's drop and the one by the tight end hurt us a lot, because we had to settle for field goals, and we missed a couple (actually three) of those,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said.
Normally reliable Rob Bironas missed field goals of 38 and 37 yards Saturday night after hitting a 44-yarder on his first try.
His replacement, rookie Maikon Bonani missed a 47-yarder and made a 26-yard kick.
Bironas has been out with a sore back, but returned to practice this week after missing last week's preseason opener against Washington.
“I think he will look at those. It was a combination of things,” Munchak said. “He hasn't been kicking and so that is going to factor into any position when you aren't out there competing.”