Titans held sackless in blowout Week 3 loss vs. Bengals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (9/21/14) The Titans defense couldn't record a sack but managed one interception in the team's 33-7 blowout loss to the Bengals in Week 3.
The Titans racked up eight sacks over the team's first two games but couldn't get anything done against the Bengals' offensive line Sunday. Tennessee fell victim to a trick-play touchdown in the first quarter, with Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton catching a touchdown pass from wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. The Bengals also converted for three touchdowns in goal-to-go situations.
Titans safety George Wilson made the lone big play for the defense, picking off Dalton on a tipped ball during an attempted screen deep in Cincinnati territory late in the first half. Unfortunately, the Tennesee offense wasn't able to convert the turnover into points, throwing its own interception before halftime. The Titans will look to rebound when they head to Indianapolis in Week 4.
Jason McCourty active for Week 3 vs. Bengals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (9/21/14) Titans cornerback Jason McCourty (groin) is active for Sunday's matchup with the Bengals.
McCourty was listed as questionable on the team's final injury report, but he'll suit up. Running back Dexter McCluster (foot), quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (finger) and linebacker Wesley Woodyard (ankle) are also active after being listed as probable.
Titans have trouble stopping the run during Week 2 loss
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) The Titans defense had trouble slowing down Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray during a 26-10 loss Week 2. Murray rushed for 167 yards and one touchdown, as Dallas racked up 368 total yards in the win.
The Cowboys managed just two offensive touchdowns, but kicker Dan Bailey totaled four field goals -- all over 40 yards.
The Titans did finish with four sacks and one fumble recovery. Tennessee is back in action Week 3 against the Bengals.
Titans coach expects Jason McCourty to play Week 3
The addition of coordinator Ray Horton and a move to the 3-4 scheme should make the Titans defense more aggressive, though they had their moments last season. Improving their run defense was be a priority after ranking 20th against the ground game and they did it by adding linebackers Wesley Woodyard and Shaun Phillips from Denver. Losing cornerback Alterraun Verner will sting as he was a big reason for the Titans being good against the pass for much of the year. It could be a tough season for the Titans overall unless they make some shrewd draft moves. We'd pass on them as a DST save for favorable matchups during the bye weeks.