It should be no surprise to Titan fans that Tennessee did not make the playoffs. No team has come back from six straight losses to start the season and made the playoffs. In fact no one with 5 losses to start the season has made the playoffs. Tennessee however did make us at least for most of December believe that Nashville and Music City might hold one more miracle. However this year the Grinch turned out to be the Chargers and the Bolts lit up the Titans in a display that took this writer totally by surprise.
The Chargers are for real. Phillip Rivers is also a very impressive quarterback. He threw for two touchdowns and 264 yards although it seemed like a whole lot more than that on a night when the weather was supposed to curtail the passing game. The Chargers were brilliant on both sides of the football and while Vince Young and the Titans did nothing more than self-destruct. Young threw two interceptions and had one fumble and all led to San Diego touchdowns. The highlight of the evening for Titan fans was that Chris Johnson once again got 100 yards (142 yds to be exact) for the tenth straight game and left unhurt. Johnson has 1,872 yards on the season and likely will eclipse the 2,000 yard mark in the final game of the season.
Getting back to the Chargers, I must first say that while I despise Philip Rivers, he played great. He showed not only poise when the Titan's brought pressure but he threw those low accurate passes that only his receivers could possibly get. In one instance Cortland Finnegan dove for the interception and the ball sailed right below his outstretched hands about foot off the ground into the hands of the Charger receiver. I went into this game thinking Rivers was good, quite a bit arrogant, and not likely to make the pro bowl. Well, I believe he will be in the pro bowl if he is not in the Super Bowl.
In conclusion, I will wipe the egg off my face and give a hats off to the San Diego Chargers. This game could have been as bad the New England Game but Norv Turner called off the dogs. It was good to see Billy Volek again and I liked the way he took time to shake hands with Vince after the one turnover by the Chargers when the results were all but in the books.
Tennessee did not play very well. Perhaps it was or can be attributed in part to the loss of Bullock and the depleted defensive core. It would be safe to say however that San Diego however is a very good team and well, Tennessee will in all likelihood finish 8-8 and be a very middle of the road team. Perhaps it was the weather, but once Vince threw that first pick it seemed the writing was on the wall. I will say the receivers looked a lot like the same ones Kerry Collins was throwing to early in the season. They just weren't catching the balls that were right at them.
Tennessee made a great turn around. If the finish 8-8 I would have to say that given the start to the season, that would be quite an accomplishment. There is the possiblility that this game will lead to another loss but I have to believe the Titans are made of better stock than to let that happen. I hope they prove me right. My guess is the last game of the season will be a no holes barred attempt to make everything go right for Chris Johnson and his efforts to get 2,000 yards.
Good night, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, hey somebody pass me that egg nog.