Wrapping up Denver's 26-20 victory over the Titans.
What it means: The Titans blew a huge chance at a 3-1 start and stand at 2-2. They seemed in control but a pass interference penalty against Chris Hope set Denver up for the go-ahead score and a special teams’ gaffe killed the Titans’ shot at a drive to go win or tie it at the end.
What I didn’t like: Javon Ringer made a big contribution with a 54-yard run. But Chris Johnson lost a fumble, didn’t have a run longer than 8 yards and finished with a very human 53 rushing yards. One touchdown and 13 points from the offense were not enough on this day.
Hero, then goat: Marc Mariani’s 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown put Tennessee ahead 17-13 in the third quarter and helped alleviate the stress on the offense by providing special teams points. But the rookie return man went up to field a bouncing kickoff after Denver took the lead, got hit and muffed it. Denver’s recovery crushed the Titans hopes to force overtime or drive to win.
What’s next: The Titans travel to Dallas and test their pass rush and defensive backfield against Tony Romo and the Cowboys.