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Titans hammered by Chargers, 38-10

No Antonio Gates. No Ryan Mathews. No problem.

That's because for the second straight week the Tennessee Titans had no answers for an opponent, taking a 38-10 blasting from the San Diego Chargers.

It continued a terrible trend against San Diego, a team the franchise has not beaten since 1992 in losing nine straight times to the Chargers.

The Titans' problems were evident from the outset as they allowed the Chargers to take a 17-0 lead as Philip Rivers directed scoring drives on San Diego's first three possessions.

The Chargers first two touchdowns came from little known tight end Danta Rosario,w ho finished the day with three scores filling in for Gates and continuing the Titans' troubling inability to find anyone who can cover a tight end.

For the second straight week, the Titans were largely non-competitive in the game, giving up 30 points-plus once again, and this time allowing the Chargers 43:39 in time of possession and 416 yards of total offense.

"I think it's frustrating that we just can't make more than a couple plays in a row, defense or offense,'' Coach Mike Munchak said.

Philip Rivers threw for 284 yards with seemingly relative ease, completing 24 of 32 throws with three scores to Rosario and one interception.

When Rosario and receiver Malcolm Floyd, who had 109 yards on six catches, weren't running free, little used running back Jackie Battle was running over the Titans at the end, scoring a pair of second-half touchdowns to put the game completely away.

Defense wasn't the Titans only problem, as Chris Johnson and the running game “improved” enough that he finished with 17 yards on just eight carries.

"It's the same old, same old, and we didn't really look good at all,'' Johnson said. "Not just the running game but the offense as a whole did not look good and we didn't look like an NFL team.

The running game's woes left Jake Locker, who was under duress much of the day, trying to get something going. He was intercepted on his first pass, and his day didn't get much better.

Locker finished 15 of 30 for 174 yards with one touchdown to Kendall Wright and the one interception.

"It was just inconsistent drives, and we didn't execute the way we needed to," Locker said.

For the Titans, they must go back to the drawing board with the potent Detroit Lions offense coming to town next week.

"Nobody wants to start 0-2.That's not the way we envisioned it going," Locker said. "We can't do anything about these two games, but we've still got 14 more we can control."

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