Titans don’t need Chris Johnson to handle Colts

AP

The Colts continue to search for rock bottom. The Titans are back over .500. What else did we learn during Tennessee’s 27-10 win Sunday?

1. Chris Johnson is now a useless appendage on the Titans offense. When the game was on the line in the fourth quarter, Johnson mostly watched Javon Ringer from the sideline.

Ringer was more effective. He totaled 102 yards on 19 touches.  Johnson rushed 14 times for 34 yards and caught three passes for only 17 yards. Tennessee won the game, but this a growing problem for the team. Can you bench a guy after giving him $30 million guaranteed?

Johnson had the ball in space at least once or twice and stutter stepped himself into a tackle.  He loses yardage too much. At least Ringer runs hard.

2. This wasn’t a pretty win for Tennessee, but it sure felt necessary. The Titans are now 4-3 and only half a game behind Houston in the AFC South. The Colts actually outgained Tennessee on the day.

The Titans don’t seem to do enough on offense to win consistently, but they remain in the AFC mix.

3. Matt Hasselbeck completed 23-of-33 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown. He played well, but it’s not a great sign his receivers couldn’t separate that well against the Colts. Too many times a Titans receiver doesn’t know when to cut off a route or the receiver is in the wrong spot.

4. After a few games looking like an NFL quarterback, Curtis Painter has looked like Curtis Painter the last two weeks. He threw two interceptions  and averaged only 5.1 yards-per-attempt.  One of his picks came on a tipped pass, but the Colts don’t look like an NFL offense. Painter led the team in rushing (with 79  yards), which isn’t a great sign.

5. The Rams won, so the Colts and Miami are now co-leaders in the “Suck for Luck” sweepstakes.