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Titans 30 Panthers 3 Grading the Defense

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Dejected.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Dejected. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Titans run defense was pretty good on Sunday. They gave up one huge run each to DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart but held them down for most of the day. They combined for 58 yards on 12 carries. If you take out their long runs, which I know you can't do, they had 21 yards on 10 carries.

They also did a good job keeping Cam Newton from escaping the pocket and running most of the day. He did have the one run where he picked up 26 yards, but that was the only one that was significant.

Grade: B

Newton came into this game averaging 299 yards per game, and he had thrown at least one touchdown pass in all but one of his games. The Titans held him to 212 yards on 40 attempts and no touchdowns. They also intercepted him one time.

They also did a really good job on Steve Smith. He came into the game averaging 114.8 yards per game but had only 33 in this game.

Grade: A