With Ryan Fitzpatrick running the offense, the Tennessee Titans have not looked the same. The presence of a young quarterback in Jake Locker seemed to be what was sparking this offense. Since Locker injured his hip in Week 4 against the New York Jets, the Titans have dropped two in a row and have fallen to 3-3 on the year.
Though only a seven-point loss to a potential Super Bowl contender in the Seattle Seahawks, moral victories are unacceptable at this point in Ryan Fitzpatrick’s career.
After a Tennessee field goal and a 1-yard touchdown run by Seattle running back, Marshawn Lynch, the uneventful first half was coming to a close. Led by second year quarterback, Russell Wilson, the Seahawks drove down the field and were set to end the half by taking a seven-point lead. With starting kicker Steven Hauschka on the bench, it was up to back up holder Chris Maragos, and punter Jon Ryan, to put the ball through the uprights. As the ball was snapped, Maragos bobbled the ball and attempted to run towards the end zone. As Maragos was taken to the ground, one of the most heads-up plays you will ever see occurred.
While the ball was outstretched, cornerback Jason McCourty scooped it up and scrambled 77 yards for a touchdown. After trailing for most of the second quarter, the Titans took the lead and regained the momentum heading into the locker room.
This seems to be a similar trend for Tennessee over the course of the past few weeks. Despite not being able to spark the offense, Fitzpatrick continues to keep his team in the game.
The second half is where Fitzpatrick cannot seem to connect with the roots of his Ivy League intelligence.
Tied at ten with 13 minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Seattle was poised to take the lead. On 1st and goal from the 2-yard line, Seattle put the ball in the hands of “Beast Mode.” Hit in the backfield by a slew of Titans defenders, Lynch coughed up the ball right into the hands of linebacker, Zach Brown. With one man to beat, it appeared as though Tennessee would have a fourth quarter lead.
Brown managed to over run the ball and flipped it directly to Russell Wilson handing the ball right back to the potent Seattle offense. The Seahawks went on to kick a field goal to regain the lead.
On the very first play of the following Tennessee possession, Fitzpatrick turned the ball over yet again. This time, it was an interception thrown to Pro Bowler, Richard Sherman. Feeling exhausted and defeated, Tennessee allowed Seattle to drive down the field to add to their lead.
What more can you ask from a defense? When your quarterback is unable to move the ball and your best player rushes for 33 yards, it is nearly impossible to win a game. The Seattle Seahawks have one of the most dominant offenses in the NFL and were held to 20 points, 10 of which could have easily been prevented without Fitzpatrick repeatedly turning the ball over.
For a team that started out the year 3-1 with no turnovers and a promising young quarterback, it seems as though the backs of the Tennessee Titans are against the wall. If Ryan Fitzpatrick cannot hold on to the ball and Chris Johnson continues to run timidly, there is little hope for 2013 Tennessee Titans. It doesn’t get any better for Tennessee in Week 7 who returns home to battle the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers