The Tennessee Titans pulled off a minor upset Thursday night. Led by backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, the Titans offence moved the ball against the Steelers defence, keeping Pittsburgh winless on the road with a 26-23 victory. The Titans ‘D” actually kept their opponent under 30 points for the first time all year, which had more to do with all the injuries the Steelers suffered throughout the game. Losing running back Rashard Mendenhall to an Achilles’ injury early in the game definitely hurt their game plan.
Running back Chris Johnson, who ran for 91 yards on 19 carries, even praised his offensive line saying:
“They did a tremendous job, getting those guys up front and pushing them back and giving me some room to run. If I’m not doing what I have to do and they’re doing what they have to, its not going to work.”
So, with the Titans back on track, news today that starting quarterback Jake Locker may be able to play next week against the Buffalo Bills will reportedly see Hasselbeck back to the role of backup.
Munchak says he is hopeful Jake Locker will be able to practice next week and play vs Bills.
— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) October 12, 2012
The Titans offence looked to be more of a confident group with Hasselbeck leading the charge, but coach Munchak chose Locker, the eighth pick overall in the 2011 draft, to be the man to lead the Titans a top the AFC South this season.
Locker looks to be fully recovered from his second shoulder dislocation of the season, the most recent from a huge hit from Texans safety Glover Quin. On the season, he has completed 67 passes on 106 attempts for 781 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.