The Tennessee Titans went into Sunday's game concerned about too much noise from the 12th man in Seattle.
Chris Johnson had just 33 yards rushing against the Seahawks
Instead it was the 11 men on the Titans' offense that didn't make enough noise in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field.
“Our offense only scored six points and had two turnovers. That's not good enough,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said.
The Titans played well for much of the game on defense, and were opportunistic enough to take a 10-7 lead into halftime when Jason McCourty scooped up a botched field goal try and returned it77 yards for Tennessee's only touchdown of the game.
The loss dropped the Titans to 3-3 overall and 0-2 since Jake Locker has been sidelined with a hip injury.
Tennessee's running game, which had been mostly non-existent in the previous two weeks, was spotty again as Chris Johnson had just 33 yards on 12 carries, the same number of yards that quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had on six scrambles.
Fitzpatrick struggled for the second straight week, throwing two more interceptions, including one by Richard Sherman that the Seahawks converted into a 59-yard touchdown march that gave them a 20-10 lead and essentially put the game away with 7:33 to play.
“Our defense had just given up a drive. We needed to make some plays and we thrown an interception on the first play and put the defense back out there like we did,” Munchak said. “Eventually an offense is going to wear you down, and that's what they did. They started making some plays on that next series. We're just not playing good enough on that side of the ball to win right now.”
Fitzpatrick finished 17 of 29, but had just 171 yards passing to go with the two interceptions. He took responsibility for the Titans' lackluster showing Sunday.
“They were definitely both on me – poor throws, and you're not gonna win many ballgames when you turn the ball over like that,” Fitzpatrick said. “If you score six points and turn the ball over twice, you're not gonna win many ballgames. The last two weeks, the poor performance of the offense is magnified by how well they (defense) has played keeping us in the game.”
Fitzpatrick did direct the Titans to a field goal drive on the ensuing series, but it was too little, too late for a Tennessee team that forced a tired defense to log more than 33 minutes on the field on Sunday.
The Titans had opportunities in the game, creating two turnovers in the game and very nearly had a third one that could have changed the complexion of the contest. Marshawn Lynch fumbled as the Seahawks had the ball at the 2-yard line. The ball was rolling free, but Zach Brown could not grab it for what likely would have been a touchdown. Instead, he knocked ball right back into the hands of Wilson, who alertly covered it, as the Seahawks managed to score the go-ahead field goal out of the drive.
Brown admitted that he tried to scoop and score before he had control of the ball, which caused him to fail to secure it, allowing Wilson to recover.
Kenny Britt was persona non grata for most of the game, getting into the contest late and catching a pass for seven yards.
Justin Hunter saw action ahead of Britt in the three receiver set in the first half.
In addition to Britt, running back Jackie Battle, who had been battling a neck problem, reinjured the neck and was unavailable for most of the game, not getting a single carry.
When the Titans were facing a critical third-and-1 situation, they put in return man Darius Reynaud at running back and he was stopped for no gain.
--Linebacker Moise Fokou, who had a key forced fumble against the Seahawks in the game, did not finish the contest after suffering a knee injury in the second half. Colin McCarthy stepped in and finished at middle linebacker.