The Ravens suffered a surprising loss to the Tennessee Titans, falling, 26-13, on Sept. 17 in Nashville, Tenn. Most NFL analysts expected the Ravens to take out the Titans after dominating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season-opener last Sunday. Instead, Baltimore struggled to stop the Titans’ passing attack and couldn’t generate much offense of their own, as they dropped to 1-1 overall on the season.

The game ended when…
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco couldn’t find any receivers open on a 3rd down with eight minutes left in the game. Baltimore then had to settle for a field goal, and Tennessee still held a 23-13 lead. The Titans’ offense then picked up several first downs, then kicked a field goal to go up, 26-13 with less than 20 seconds in the game.

Most Outstanding Player(s) of the Game:
The Ravens’ defensive unit managed to shut down heavy home-run threat running back Chris Johnson, holding him to just 53 yards on 24 carries for no scores, but they didn’t expect Titans’ quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to have such a good game. He passed for 358 yards and a touchdown. Hasselbeck moved the chains at ease, and found second-year receiver Kenny Britt all game for passes. Britt finished with nine catches and 135 yards and a touchdown.

Unsung Heroes of the Game:
While Britt shined, Tennessee’s second receiver, Nate Washington, also had a good game, almost unnoticeably. Washington finished with seven catches for 99 yards. Titans’ kicker Rob Bironas also played well, connecting on four of five field goal attempts to help widen Tennessee’s lead throughout the game. With the Ravens’ offense struggling to produce points, his 13 points scored through field goals proved just enough to give the Titans the cushioned lead they needed to cruise to victory.

More Game Notes:
After putting up one of the best performances in his career last Sunday vs. the Steelers, Flacco fell off, completing just 15 of 32 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown, while tossing two picks. Ravens’ running back Ray Rice caught 5 passes for 53 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown, but he only ran for 43 yards on 13 carries.

Next Up:
The Ravens will travel to St. Louis next Sunday to face the Rams at 4:15 p.m.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor