A Look Back on the Decade: Titans Teams of the 2000's (also a discussion about the upcoming game!)

So I've stolen the idea from this post on Big Cat Country:

But instead of telling you what most of you probably already know, I want to hear from all of you about your favorite players, moments, team(s) from the past 10 years. Best draft picks? Worst draft picks? Most hated rival team? Anything. Fire away fellow bloggers. 

As a bonus section, how about this weekend? Who will start if (pray to God) Harper can't go? Will Shawne Merriman be at full speed? Finally, WILL THE TITANS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS?


as a result of my inability to sleep tonight, I'm going to give you my opinions on the decade.

Best Draft Pick: Chris Johnson. He was a complete steal at 24 overall. Folks, he might not break Dickerson's rushing record, but let's ask ourselves if we really even care, it's his second season, his first getting the majority of the carries and assuming the roles of a full time starter. He's 24 years old and locked up for the next 5 seasons, there will be other opportunities. Expect a monster season in 2010-11.

Works Draft Pick: Pacman. Nuff said.

Most Hated Team: Baltimore Ravens. Yes, the Colts are division rivals, and yes, they dominate the division year in and year out, but is there any other team that you like to see win less than the Baltimore Ravens? They knocked out the Titans last year in a season which they would've gotten Pittsburgh (who if you remember, we kicked the crap out of in week 15 of that year) and then of course blew that opportunity, then knocked us out in 00-01 following the most heartbreaking season ever. We beat them in the playoffs in 03 but it's still a team that I feel we can't hate enough and always seem to get screwed by.

Defining Moment: Taken from the game's Wikipedia article. IMO, the best win of the decade.

Saturday January 3, 2004

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 7 0 7 6 20
Ravens 7 3 0 7 17

In a defensive struggle, Gary Anderson kicked the winning 46-yard field goal for the Titans with 29 seconds left. The winning kick was set up after a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on Ravens offensive lineman Orlando Brown forced Baltimore to punt and enabled Tennessee to start its final drive from its own 37-yard line. Titans quarterback Steve McNair threw three interceptions. Meanwhile, the Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, the league's regular season rushing leader, was limited to 35 yards on 14 carries.

On the Titans opening drive of the game, McNair completed passes to Drew Bennett and Frank Wycheck for gains of 17 and 14 yards, while Eddie George rushed five times for 25 yards on a 10-play, 67-yard drive. Running back Chris Brown finished the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run to give Tennessee a 7-0 lead. The Ravens were forced to punt on their ensuing drive, but three plays later, safety Ed Reed tipped a pass from McNair into the arms of cornerback Will Demps, who returned it 56 yards for a touchdown.

Early in the second quarter, a 15-yard punt return from Titans receiver Derrick Mason gave his team the ball at the Ravens 35-yard line. McNair then led them to the 17-yard line, but Reed intercepted a pass from him and returned it 23 yards to the 29. After an exchange of punts, Ravens quarterback Anthony Wright completed four passes for 56 yards and rushed for 11, setting up a 43-yard field goal by Matt Stover giving Baltimore a 10–7 halftime lead.

Midway through the third quarter, McNair's 49-yard touchdown pass to Justin McCareins gave the Titans a 14–10 lead. Then in the fourth quarter, Tennessee defense back Samari Rolle intercepted a pass from Wright at the Ravens 30-yard line, setting up a 45-yard field goal from Anderson. But Wright led Baltimore back, completing five passes for 80 yards on their ensuing drive. Tight end Todd Heap caught three of Wright's passes for 55 yards, and finished the drive with leaping 35-yard catch in the back of the end zone to tie the game.

After an exchange of punts, the Titans took the ball on their own 37-yard line and drove 35 yards to Ravens 28-yard line where Anderson's 46-yard field goal with 33 seconds left gave them the win.

Worst Moment: Also taken from the game's Wiki. Another Ravens game :P. 3 turnovers in Ravens territory, a terrible play-clock call, Chris Johnson leaving the game after gashing the D for over 75 yards in the first half, this game was easily the most disheartening of any I've ever watched.


Saturday, January 10, 2009

AFC: Baltimore Ravens 13, Tennessee Titans 10

1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 7 0 0 6 13
Titans 7 0 0 3 10

Matt Stover kicked a 43-yard field goal with 57 seconds remaining to send the Ravens into the AFC Championship Game at the expense of the Titans, as quarterback Joe Flacco became the first rookie quarterback to win two playoff games in a single postseason. Tennessee turned the ball over three times, which proved to be the difference between the two teams, as Baltimore never gave the ball away.

The Titans took the lead on their second drive of the game with Kerry Collins completing a 28-yard pass to rookie running back Chris Johnson and a 20-yarder to Justin Gage before Johnson finished the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run. But the Ravens answered back with a 48-yard touchdown Flacco pass to former Titan Derrick Mason.

Early in the second quarter, Tennessee drove to the Ravens 25-yard line, only to turn the ball over on downs due to a fumbled snap on a fourth down conversion attempt. Then after forcing a punt, their drive to the Ravens 32-yard line also ended with no points when a pass from Collins was picked off by Samari Rolle. Following another punt, the Titans moved the ball into scoring range for the third time in a row, this time driving to the Baltimore 22. But once again they came up empty after LenDale White's fumble was recovered by Ravens safety Jim Leonhard with 25 seconds left in the half.

In the second half, a 29-yard punt return by Leonard and a 37-yard reception by Mark Clayton set up a Stover field goal to take a 10-7 lead. Meanwhile the Titans failed to score again, asRob Bironas missed a 51-yard field goal and after Stover's field goal, and Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington forced and recovered a fumble from tight end Alge Crumpler on Baltimore's 1-yard line.

However, the Ravens were unable to gain any yards with their ensuing drive and Tennessee got the ball back with great field position at the Ravens 42-yard line. This time, they managed to drive to the 10-yard line and score with a Bironas field goal to tie the game at 10.

Two plays after the ensuing kickoff, Baltimore faced 3rd down and 2. On the next play, the play clock appeared to expire before the snap, but no penalty flag was thrown and Flacco ended up completing a 23-yard pass to Todd Heap. Five plays later, Stover's 43-yard field goal gave the Ravens a 13-10 lead with 53 seconds left. Baltimore's defense then sealed the victory by forcing Tennessee to turn the ball over on downs on their own 40-yard line.


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