Third quarter explosion propels Titans past Ravens

AP

The Ravens proved they could get up for a matchup with the Steelers in Week One, now they have to prove they are capable of giving a strong effort every week.

They weren’t up to the task against the Titans this Sunday and lost 26-13 as a result. They were lucky to escape a sloppy first half with the score tied at 10 and then got their doors blown off in the third quarter by a Titans team that made a ton of big plays through the air. Matt Hasselbeck hit Nate Washington for 42 yards on the second play of the half en route to a Javon Ringer touchdown and wound up throwing for 114 yards during a quarter that ended with the Titans ahead 20-10.

The Ravens’ last best chance to get back into the game went away on their first possession of the fourth quarter when Joe Flacco was picked off by Jason McCourty. The Titans got another field goal and things were never in any doubt for Tennessee after that point. Hasselbeck wound up throwing for 358 yards and passed the 30,000-yard plateau for his career.

He figures to add quite a few yards to that total as long as Kenny Britt remains in the lineup this season. Britt was a beast for the second straight week — nine catches for 135 yards and a touchdown — and is looking like the kind of player that is going to make life miserable for every defensive coordinator he faces this year. As long as Washington keeps holding onto the balls thrown in his direction and the line keeps his uniform as clean as it was at the end of this game, Hasselbeck is going to put up some numbers for the Titans.

Britt might also help Chris Johnson get on track. He finished with 53 yards on 24 carries this week and gave way to Ringer on the scoring drive that turned the game around. Now that the Titans are showing teams they can move the ball in the air, there should be more room for Johnson to operate on the ground.

It was a big step backward for the Ravens defense, which didn’t record a sack and forced just one turnover, but Flacco’s performance serving as the most troubling of the day. He completed less than half his passes, got intercepted twice and threw for 71 of his 197 yards on one drive when the Ravens were already down 13 in the fourth quarter. Throw in a screen pass that Ray Rice took 37 yards for a touchdown in the first half and you’ve got a pretty bleak majority of the day for the Ravens quarterback who never looked comfortable when the Titans applied pressure against an offensive line that was missing Ben Grubbs.

All in all, it was reminiscent of the start of last season when the Ravens followed up an emotionally charged win over the Jets with a loss to the Bengals. That comparison doesn’t extend to the Titans. They look like they will be a lot better than that Bengals group and the way they performed this week makes you wonder how they managed to lose to the Jaguars a week ago.

66 responses to “Third quarter explosion propels Titans past Ravens

  1. It kills me to see the Ravens play like that after showing what they can do during week 1.

    No excuses, learn from it, bounce back next week. (Cue the hilarious ratbird jokes and week one superbowl hangover jokes.)

  2. Me, 4:00 PM on 9/11/11: I wonder how long it will take for everyone to realize that the Ravens aren’t as good as they just looked.

    Me, 4:40 PM on 9/18/11: lol

  3. It kills me to see the Ravens play like that after showing what they can do during week 1.

    No excuses, learn from it, bounce back next week. (Cue the hilarious ratbird jokes and week one superbowl hangover jokes.)

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    Please the Ravens are clearly trash. Joe Flappo.

  4. The Ravens whole offseason was geared to week 1 against the Steelers . They left it all out on the field . About what i expected from them this week . Flacco looks good again finally lol .

  5. The Titans chop-blocked the Ravens all day long. It may have been legal, but it’s just not ethical and somebody could get hurt. Besides, Titans were playing like it was the Super Bowl and it is only a game. 🙂

  6. steelerdynasty2010 says:
    Sep 18, 2011 4:45 PM
    better not hear any ‘scuses from you Ravens Fan!
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    You’re right. The Steelers have the patent on excuses.

  7. Well, well, well. It was only one week ago when this blog was filled with Steelers doomsdayers saying that our season was over…..we started with a loss.
    Well, the shoe’s on the other foot now you crabheads. Is someone’s season over just because of 1 early loss?
    Our turn to gloat and kick sand in your eyes. We had to put up with it all week. The Ratbirds couldn’t even beat Tennessee. What was the line? What are YOUR excuses?
    I’m going to enjoy the week basking in your loss, but I’m not stupid enough to say that your one loss means your season is over, or that you’re team is getting old, or that everyone is too slow. Only a fool would make an assinine statement like that, right? Or a crabhead.
    The Ravens will be back and will come back strong. But, they’ve got to live with this loss all week.
    Paybacks are a bitch !!!!

  8. Oh, there are all the Steeler trolls. Havent heard peep for a while. Did all of you vacation together last week?

  9. Please the Ravens are clearly trash. Joe Flappo.

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    Only week two in the season. But congratulations
    Pittsburgh you beat a really good team in the Seahawks. They have some huge threats and come from the best conference in the NFL.

    I see the Steeler bandwagon has returned.

  10. just goes to show you how badly the Steelers were in Baltimore’s head. they put EVERYTHING into beating them week 1 and a letdown isn’t that surprising.

  11. @edgarpoe2 – hilarious!

    No excuses. They stunk. Flacco stunk. O-line got pushed around. Defense stunk. Ngata & Suggs & the rest of the front 7 got no pressure. secondary made no plays. I think most of us kenw we weren’t as good as we looked last week – and we’re not as bad as we looked this week – but I still didn’t think this would happen. Still don’t think Titans will do much, but I’ve been wrong many times before.

    …and save the comments Steelers fans, because it doesn’t change the fact that we had our way with every facet of your lives last week! 🙂

  12. How’s that humble pie taste Ravens fans? The Ravens were outplayed and outcoached today.

    Good for Hasselbeck, Pete Carroll was wrong on Mark Sanchez not being ready and Hasselbeck not worth retaining.

  13. The Ratbirds won THEIR superbowl last week. Suprised they did not have the champagne out in the locker room. Its a 17 week season Ratbirds! “Joe Cool” Had his Deer in the headlights look all day.

  14. edgarpoe2 says:Sep 18, 2011 4:47 PM

    The Titans chop-blocked the Ravens all day long. It may have been legal, but it’s just not ethical and somebody could get hurt. Besides, Titans were playing like it was the Super Bowl and it is only a game.

    ================================== so your major complaint is that the Titans tried too hard????? As a Titans fan I hope they play every week like it’s the Super Bowl….

  15. Just like you couldn’t overreact with Super Bowl talk for the Ravens’ big win in Week 1, everyone should chill just a little bit after this loss.

    Yes, it’s a disappointing performance, but there’s 14 more games. The NFL season is a marathon folks, not a sprint.

  16. so the Steelers beat the Seahawks who have Jackson throwing the ball, and their number 1 wr out and have what 1 or 2 d players that can be named, while the Ravens lose to the Titans, who have Chris Johnson (even though he didnt do anything) and Kenny Britt, and the Steeler fans are talking it up?

    Whats your record Steelers? Oh yea same as the Ravens. Who owns the tiebreaker as of right now? Oh yea the Ravens.

  17. BMore fans: You are hilarous. You dimwits thought you won the SB last week.

    Question is it really a rivalry when y0u have lost nearly 2/3 of your games against a team?hmmm

  18. Here come all the Steeler fans…

    This doesn’t change the fact that your team got completely dominated last week. Blowout style. Their record is still (1-1). Beating the Seahawks doesn’t cancel last weeks loss.

  19. Excuses excuses ……How the hell can you beat the Steelers by 28 points one week and lose to the Titans the next week…????………….Flacco sucks, Harbaugh sucks, the entire Ravens team sucks…..

  20. oilers1974 says:
    Sep 18, 2011 5:05 PM
    edgarpoe2 says:Sep 18, 2011 4:47 PM

    The Titans chop-blocked the Ravens all day long. It may have been legal, but it’s just not ethical and somebody could get hurt. Besides, Titans were playing like it was the Super Bowl and it is only a game.

    ================================== so your major complaint is that the Titans tried too hard????? As a Titans fan I hope they play every week like it’s the Super Bowl….

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    Seriouslly? This is a flip on what Steelers fans said all last week, not a serious comment.

  21. edgarpoe2 says:
    Sep 18, 2011 4:47 PM
    The Titans chop-blocked the Ravens all day long. It may have been legal, but it’s just not ethical and somebody could get hurt. Besides, Titans were playing like it was the Super Bowl and it is only a game.

    Classic, plus they were running up the score in the third qtr.

  22. From Raven POV, only good thing is if they were going to be 1-1, better to have that win versus Steelers for division purposes. But they can’t play like this if they expect to be in the conversation at end of the season.

  23. Move Them Chains says:
    Sep 18, 2011 5:22 PM
    “Here come all the Steeler fans…”

    I guess you don’t remember the trash talk that came out of Baltimore last week…

    So how did your SB parade go?

  24. @Move Them Chains

    Doesn’t change the fact that the Ravens shot their wad in week one.

    They prepared nine months for one game and it showed. Too what you did last week doesn’t matter.

  25. Wow, you would think that this game was between the steelers and the ravens. Don’t you guys have a story on your big win today? You can go do the steelers circle jerk over there. Not being facetious at all… grats on your win today, but this story should be about congratulating the Titans and their fans.

    If there are any titans fans reading this, grats on a huge win today. No excuses, you guys were the better team today and it showed.

    Side note, Nashville has to be one of the greatest places to watch a game. There were some awesome fans there today, you guys welcomed me to your stadium, thanked me for coming down and throwing some cash around in your city and one guy even bought me a beer. Very classy!

    Next Ravens home game I’m going to pay it forward and find an out of town fan and do the same thing. More NFL stadiums should have this atmosphere! My hat is officially off to you guys on both the win and your hospitality!

  26. You’re right. The Steelers have the patent on excuses.

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    That’s hilarious coming from a Ravens fan. A simple archive search of the Baltimore Sun would turn up a treasure trove of quotes by the likes of Bart Scott, Ray Lewis, and Terrell Suggs over the years pulling out every excuse in the book……everything from the “Steelers getting lucky” to whining about the refs to the Ravens “beating themselves”. Shut your mouths and kiss the rings. The Steelers record against you speaks for itself. The Steelers (and their fans) are simply at a higher slot in the pecking order than the Ravens and their fans. Your inferiority complex is highly amusing.

  27. Hey Ravens fans, how’s the humble pie taste? Amazing what a difference a week makes. Lot of whining and complaining here, especially about you not wanting to hear from Steeper fans. Oh really? Truth is, neither of our teams is as bad as they look in defeat. But some of you and your team needs to learn how to accept a big win in stride without going fir 2 point conversions, or your coach kissing players on the sideline. Payback hurts, and the last laugh is the best. Keep talking about you BIG win last week if it makes you feel better. Meanwhile, Steelers rebounded today and still have room for improvement. They never think they win the Super Bowl in week 1. LOL.

  28. Wow, you would think that this game was between the steelers and the ravens. Don’t you guys have a story on your big win today? You can go do the steelers circle jerk over there. Not being facetious at all… grats on your win today, but this story should be about congratulating the Titans and their fans.

    If there are any titans fans reading this, grats on a huge win today. No excuses, you guys were the better team today and it showed.

    Side note, Nashville has to be one of the greatest places to watch a game. There were some awesome fans there today, you guys welcomed me to your stadium, thanked me for coming down and throwing some cash around in your city and one guy even bought me a beer. Very classy!

    Next Ravens home game I’m going to pay it forward and find an out of town fan and do the same thing. More NFL stadiums should have this atmosphere! My hat is officially off to you guys on both the win and your hospitality!

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    You are welcome, come back anytime. Nashville is not like a lot of other towns. We actually understand that football is just a game, and even though we hate losing like anyone else, it’s still just a game. Have fun, enjoy the town, and have a drink on us! Go Titans!

  29. @letemplay

    Well its great to see Southen Hospitality is alive in well in Nashville. I spent some time in Tennessee growing up and I have some fond memories of those days. Reading this, the next time the Skins play at the Titans I might have to make a trip down there to watch it.

  30. @memphisyinzer

    except you didn’t beat us, the Titans did. We still kicked your butts. If Titans fans wanna talk that’s fine, but you guys haven’t earned anything against us this season.

  31. Which Ravens fan said Week 1 vs the Steelers was their Super Bowl?!? Thats laughable on its face but you can believe Ravens’ fans were quite happy with the outcome. The Ravens came out and played their arch nemesis and won handily.

    Flacco could never get settled due to pressure all day and when he did his receivers weren’t open. I guess Grubbs is pretty important to a successful game.

    Hasselbeck wasn’t touched at all and he was decisive and quick with his release. I’ll say this Stooler fans: If Keisel, Hampton, and Harrison don’t get to him your secondary will have a long day covering Britt and Washington. We’ll all find out Week 5!

  32. The Ravens shot their wad in week 1 and now look what happens, they got into the end zone once and only once and – THEY LOST. And the fantastic Ravens defense gave up 26 points. The Titans watched film and gave them many doses of their own pathetic medicine. Get used to it Baltimore, your sneaky little tricks have already been deciphered within a a single week.

  33. oilers1974 says:
    so your major complaint is that the Titans tried too hard????? As a Titans fan I hope they play every week like it’s the Super Bowl….
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    My comments were in no way a jab at the Titans They whipped the Raven and deserved the victory.

  34. Yes we did whip the Ravens! With just a bit of surprise attached…

    We came to our home opener, wondering how in the hell we were going to perform against a team that beat the (turns out, overly-) vaunted Steelers (PBUYellowTowels), after losing in a Jags stadium that’s half-wrapped in tarpaulins, with a permanent for-sale sign out front. No wonder we lost last weekend; how can a team get interested in playing when they’re playing in a half-dead venue?

    So, #5-inch Joe Flaccid brings his non-performing self to LP Field, and proved that even Viagra can’t help if you’re a weenie with a wobbly throw. Ray Lewis was mentioned only once, and spent his sideline time mainlining formaldehyde to try to keep rigor mortis from setting in. He’s done, let him go.

    In all, a good home opening win for Coach Munchak, that Hall-of-Fame coach who proved he was no Jeff Fisher, by taking it to the Ravens in the 3rd and 4th quarters, when Fish might’ve slacked off and just did enough to maintain the lead by running the clock down (he lost a few dozen games doing that).

    Great work, if I do say so myself.

    Next, the Broncos, with Orton behind center and Tim Tebow playing, what, defensive end next weekend? Who knows.

    Bring ’em.

  35. Figures the Purple Browns treat the season like a sprint instead of the marathon that it is. I guess this is your SB hangover.

    The Titans? Really? Ravens can’t play at full speed 2 weeks in a row. They looked old.

  36. A couple of things that do jump out as noticeable:

    1. It seems the Ravens were thoroughly tenderized by the physical nature of last week’s outting. Zero pressure from the front seven;

    2. The reason we got big a big and physical CB like Jimmy Smith was so teams with guys like Britt couldnt box out and win easy jump balls. It seemed like Hasslebeck seldom had to check down or progress from his initial reads. He seemed to be throwing immediately from the final step of his drops most of the time. Which only goes to say that the Titans knew their WRs could dominate Baltimore’s small but speedy CBs.

    All in all, we were out coached and out executed.

    Congrats to the Titans.

  37. kris21054 says: Sep 18, 2011 5:18 PM

    “Whats your record Steelers? Oh yea same as the Ravens. Who owns the tiebreaker as of right now? Oh yea the Ravens.”

    It’s only week 2, and you;re already talking about tiebreakers? Seriously??

    Man, that’s just desperate.

    How about this…. you’re tied for last place.

  38. Guess Ray Lewis was serious when he said he’d retire if they win the SB again.

    Nowhere to be found week 2.

  39. All these Steeler and Ravens fans need to chill! Its only week 2, you guys are annoying. This has nothing to do with the Steelers. Its about how the TITANS played a great game and WON, it was one hell of a team effort. And now everyone is starting to see what kind of player Kenny Britt will be as long as he’s on the field. As a fan of the Titans, today was nice, after week one i thought this was going to be a terrible season, terrible. But now I have a little hope that this team can be succesfull and CJ will start gettin more yards since Britt will need lots of attention……. Good Game, Go Tits!

  40. edgarpoe2 says:

    The Titans chop-blocked the Ravens all day long. It may have been legal, but it’s just not ethical and somebody could get hurt. Besides, Titans were playing like it was the Super Bowl and it is only a game.
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    Tried earlier to tell you how funny this was, but it offended someone’s delicate sensibilities. 🙄 Apparently only trash talk is allowed 🙂

  41. Baltimore proves once again that they can’t handle prosperity as a team.

    They only play well with emotion and a chip on their shoulder.

    Super Bowls aren’t won in week 1.

  42. Terrible game. Terrible performance. Flat effort.

    Need a bounce back! Hopefully we don’t come up with some lame chop block BS!

    Disappointing performance.

  43. shoekid1113 says:

    All these Steeler and Ravens fans need to chill! Its only week 2, you guys are annoying. This has nothing to do with the Steelers. Its about how the TITANS played a great game and WON, it was one hell of a team effort. …. Good Game, Go Tits!
    ————————————————-
    Hate to admit it, but for Steelers and Ravens fans, it really is all about us. Terrible, isn’t it? But congratulations on your win today. Yes, good game! But you’ll have to excuse me if I don’t say “Go Tits!” You really need to rethink that cheer 😯

  44. The poor RAVENS just don`t know how to get over the hump, they brew all off season about there conference rivals owning them in the playoffs. Then they have a chance to really show there merrit and once again they fall on there ugly faces. HAHAHAHA just keep watching the Steelers on how to handle things.

  45. Welcome back to earth, Ravens. Now, as usual Steelers will beat you once in regular season and once in the playoffs. Savor the flavor of week 1, it’s as ‘super’ as you’re gonna get.

  46. Major props to the Titans d-line, those guys were the difference in the game. I still can’t figure out how youu how you steamroll the blitz Steelers and can’t hold up 3 seconds against a 4 man rush. Here’s hoping they can hold up against the Ram’s d-line next week.

  47. jamson64 says: Sep 18, 2011 5:19 PM

    BMore fans: You are hilarous. You dimwits thought you won the SB last week.

    Glad we can make you laugh! Sorry to disappoint you, but most of us didn’t think the Super Bowl was last week, the first week of the season. I’m pretty sure the Super Bowl was last February. Who won that…..I forget?

  48. Congrats to the Titans fans on the win yesterday! No excuses here – the Titans outplayed the Ravens in every aspect of the game. Best wishes for the rest of your season!

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