2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Titans lose 3rd straight game, 31-17 to 49ers

By TERESA M. WALKER - AP Sports Writer
    2013-10-20 20:27

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans got Jake Locker back.

Unfortunately, the quarterback couldn't stop his teammates from making mistakes and added one himself with his first interception this season.

Locker threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns in his first game back after spraining his right hip and knee, but the Titans were outplayed Sunday, losing 31-17 to the San Francisco 49ers.

Now they have lost three straight and need some corrections in their bye week.

''We're going to look at where changes are necessary and make them,'' Titans coach Mike Munchak said.

The Titans (3-4) committed 10 penalties for 100 yards, including an unnecessary roughness call that wiped out an interception.

The Titans pulled within 24-10 when Tommie Campbell blocked an opponent into Darius Reynaud, who fumbled a punt that Kassim Osgood recovered in the end zone for the clinching TD.

But the Titans also started at their own 11 and 9 late in the second quarter off Reynaud's kickoff returns, the same returner who opened the season taking a safety stepping on the goal line in Pittsburgh.

''That's something that can't happen,'' Munchak said. ''It is definitely a concern and what we'll do, we'll wait and see.

''Again ... there's a few areas where we're going to have to take a good look at and make sure we're doing what's best for this football team to win. ... We still have a lot of football to play. This thing can be dramatically different once we get an opportunity to play some other teams. So you can't panic.''

The Titans started Locker just three weeks after being taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Wearing a brace on his right knee, he ran three times for 29 yards and also was sacked three times. Locker said he felt good and only wishes he had one throw back, which was picked off by Tramaine Brock.

That mistake along with the penalties and dropped passes had the Titans looking at their first shutout in the 150th game all-time at LP Field before a fourth-quarter rally fizzled amid more mistakes.

''We found ways to stall drives out,'' Locker said. ''I didn't think it was really us getting going. We've got to find ways to do that.''

Tennessee trailed 17-0 at halftime and 24-0 through three quarters. Locker's scramble set up a field goal by Rob Bironas, then he dumped off a pass to Chris Johnson that the running back took 66 yards weaving through the 49ers for a touchdown. Locker capped the scoring with a 26-yard TD pass to Delanie Walker.

That score pulled them within 31-17 with 3:17 left, and Munchak went for an onside kick that he didn't try in losing 20-13 at Seattle a week ago. But the 10th penalty didn't help as rookie Daimion Stafford was offside, and the 49ers recovered before running out the clock.

''It's really frustrating just looking at it because the defense came out playing well, and we just kept doing stuff to mess up the drives,'' Johnson said. ''We got holding calls, dropped balls, etc. Anytime you're playing a team like that when you get opportunities you have to drive down the field and put points on the board.''

The 49ers (5-2) won their fourth straight and look like the team that went to the Super Bowl last season.

The Titans outgained the 49ers 368-349 in total offense only because of a frantic fourth quarter as they tried to rally.

San Francisco still had a big edge in time of possession, holding the ball for more than 35 minutes, including the third quarter when the 49ers played keepaway for more than 11 minutes. Frank Gore capped the opening drive of the third with his second TD for a 24-0 lead.

Colin Kaepernick threw for 199 yards and ran for a TD as well as the 49ers started their longest road trip this season with a win before heading to London.

''I don't know how you define midseason form, but we have strung together a few wins and we feel pretty good about what we're doing right now,'' Kaepernick said.

Notes: Brock has three interceptions in three games. ... The 49ers lead this series 8-5. ... The Titans had a video tribute to the late Bum Phillips and a moment of silence before the coin toss. Phillips coached this franchise to two AFC championship game appearances in the late 1970s as the then-Houston Oilers. ... Johnson has three TD catches of 66 yards or longer and 11 TDs of 66 yards or longer in his career.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Richard RodgersJul 1 05:03p

Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers could see more playing time in 2015, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Rodgers played 528 snaps, while fellow TE Andrew Quarless played [ More ]

Rob HouslerJun 30 03:13p

Cleveland Browns TEs Gary Barnidge, Rob Housler and Jim Dray could all end up taking over for TE Jordan Cameron, who is now with the Miami Dolphins. Head coach [ More ]

Sam BradfordJun 29 05:22p

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to be in the final phase of his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament once training camp begins. Bradford's second [ More ]

Charles JohnsonJun 29 02:02p

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson appears to have everything it takes to produce in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. 'He's got great work ethic, and [ More ]

C.J. SpillerJun 28 09:02p

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller has a perfect skill-set for head coach Sean Payton's system, which relies on getting the ball to players in space, according Chris Wesseling [ More ]

Tony MoeakiJun 25 07:12p

Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Moeaki will compete with TE Jacob Tamme for the Falcons' starting tight end job during training camp. QB Matt Ryan praised both tight ends for [ More ]

Kelvin BenjaminJun 25 03:52p

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's reported weight gain this offseason is being overblown, according to general manager Dave Gettleman. Gettleman expects Benjamin to be ready to go for training [ More ]

Antoine CasonJun 25 03:03a

Free-agent CB Antoine Cason (foot) will miss the 2015 season due to surgery he underwent on Tuesday, June 23. Cason (Ravens) did not specify what type of surgery he [ More ]

Marvin JonesJun 24 09:13p

Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) did not play in 2014 due to multiple foot and ankle issues, but he is healthy and was impressive in organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.

Keith WenningJun 24 02:43p

Free-agent QB Keith Wenning (Ravens) signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday, June 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Pierre GarconJun 24 02:23p

Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon could be featured more often in the passing game this season based on the offseason workouts. Garcon often lined up to the right of [ More ]

Martavis BryantJun 24 01:43p

Pittsburgh Steelers WRs Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant are expected to compete for the No. 2 wide receiver job during training camp. Both players performed well during offseason workouts.

Peyton ManningJun 24 11:53a

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was the subject of preliminary trade discussions with the Houston Texans, according to a source. The talks occurred before Manning restructured his deal and [ More ]

Rueben RandleJun 24 10:53a

New York Giants WR Rueben Randle was the best receiver on the field by a wide margin during spring practices, in the opinion of beat writer Jordan Ranaan. Randle [ More ]

Chris IvoryJun 24 10:43a

New York Jets RB Chris Ivory is listed as the starting running back entering training camp, according to beat writer Rich Cimini's unofficial depth chart. RB Bilal Powell is [ More ]

Devonta FreemanJun 23 10:22a

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman enters training camp ahead of RB Tevin Coleman on the depth chart.

Joseph RandleJun 23 10:02a

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle appears to be the clear leader at running back, and it's his job to lose in training camp.

Ahmad BradshawJun 22 11:32p

Free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Colts) has been suspended one game for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. If he signs with a team he must sit out for the first week.

Terrelle PryorJun 22 04:33p

Cincinnati Bengals WR Terrelle Pryor was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns Monday, June 22, according to a source.

Fred DavisJun 19 06:02p

New England Patriots TE Fred Davis was released Friday, June 19.

Dennis PittaJun 19 02:22p

Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) was not medically cleared to practice in minicamp as he continues to recover from his second dislocated and fractured hip in as many [ More ]

Isaiah CrowellJun 19 01:22p

Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could be the workhorse back if his ball security improves, according to offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

Devonta FreemanJun 19 01:12p

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will be used in a lot of different ways, including as a receiver, according to head coach Dan Quinn. 'I knew Devonta had terrific [ More ]

Chris OgbonnayaJun 19 11:32a

Free-agent RB Chris Ogbonnaya (Giants) announced his retirement Friday, June 19.

John MoffittJun 18 11:02p

Free-agent OG John Moffitt unretired Wednesday, June 17, and cleared waivers Thursday, June 18. He is free to sign with a team of his choosing. The Philadelphia Eagles, Miami [ More ]

Terrelle PryorJun 18 09:32p

Free-agent QB Terrelle Pryor is going to give it a shot at playing wide receiver in the NFL. Some teams have already expressed an interest.

Allen RobinsonJun 18 09:22p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson was described as 'unbelievable' by QB Blake Bortles Thursday, June 18. 'He's definitely a threat now in the red zone. ... He's physical. He [ More ]

Terrelle PryorJun 18 05:32p

Cincinnati Bengals QB Terrelle Pryor was waived Thursday, June 18.

Taylor ThompsonJun 18 05:32p

Tennesse Titans TE Taylor Thompson was waived Thursday, June 18.

Matthew MulliganJun 18 04:32p

Free-agent TE Matthew Mulligan (Titans) signed an undisclosed contract with the Buffalo Bills Thursday, June 18.

Carlton MitchellJun 18 04:22p

Free-agent WR Carlton Mitchell (Buccaneers) signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, June 18. WR Shane Wynn was waived.

Daniel ThomasJun 18 04:12p

Free-agent RB Daniel Thomas (Dolphins) signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears Thursday, June 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group