Avery Williamson up, Titans running backs down in loss to Panthers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A look at Tennessee Titans players who are "up" and those who are "down" coming out of Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers:


Inside linebacker Avery Williamson: He was credited with a game-high 14 tackles, six more than anyone else on either team. He flew around and made plays, and played a big part in keepng the Panthers from having an even more efficient offensive day. His work included half a sack and two tackles for a loss.

Pass protection: For the second consecutive game, Marcus Mariota wasn’t hit on a regular basis. He took one sack and the Panthers recorded only four quarterback hits.


Running backs: According to ESPN Stats and Info, Antonio Andrews, Dexter McCluster and Bishop Sankey had a combined 16 rushes for 40 yards Sunday, the fewest yards by Titans running backs in a game this season. They were first contacted at or behind the line of scrimmage on 9 of their 16 rushes, and their 10 combined yards before contact are the fewest by Titans running backs in a game in the last 3 seasons.

Titans special teams: Panthers punt returner Ted Ginn gained 61 yards on four punt returns, for a 15.3 yard average while he saw an 87-yard touchdown return brought back for a penalty well away from the play. Meanwhile on six Panthers kickoffs, McCluster returned five and didn’t reach the 20 yard line with any of them.