Titans 23 Buccaneers 17: Grading the Defense

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 27: Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tackled by Dave Ball #98 of the Tennessee Titans and fumbles the ball at the end near the game at LP Field on November 27, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Buccaneers 23 to 17. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The run defense struggled yesterday. They allowed LeGarrette Blount to rush for 103 yards on 20 carries. He was hurdling and running over people a lot of the day. The only real redeeming fact for the defense was that they forced Blount to put the ball on the ground twice and recovered both of them.

Grade: C

The pass defense was excellent. Again, they were helped out by the fact that the weather was terrible, but they held Josh Freeman to 199 yards passing. That is a solid effort in any weather.

It is no coincidence that the pass defense is better with Colin McCarthy on the field. He had the first interception by a Titan linebacker since Keith Bulluck (OK, not really), but he is making plays out there. That is what the linebacker corps has desperately been missing the last few years.

Dave Ball also had his one game he has every year where he is dominant. He forced two sacks and recovered a fumble.

Grade: A

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