Vince Young-Chris Johnson Combo Too Much to Handle, Bills Fall To Titans

Bryan HollisterAnalyst INovember 16, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 15:  Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans runs against the Buffalo Bills in their NFL game at LP Field on November 15, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.    (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
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So this is what everyone's been hollering about for the last few weeks.

At times he stood in the pocket and threw.

At times he scrambled out, extended the play, and threw.

At times he tucked the ball and ran, picking up critical yards and first downs.

Through it all he looked less like the confused, out-of-synch former college star that his detractors see, and more like the Vince Young everyone keeps crowing about, leading the Titans to a 41-17 victory over the visiting Bufallo Bills.

He isn't quite there yet, folks, but it appears that he is getting the hang of this football thing.

Granted, he had plenty of help from other key players: Chris Johnson, the Titans' lightning-fast running back, racked up 132 yards rushing and, just for kicks, threw in 100 yards receiving.

It's been 12 years since a Titans running back has had as many consecutive 100-yard rushing games as Johnson has strung together this year. It's been almost 50 years since a Titan—or an Oiler, for that matter—has pulled the "double-triple", gaining 100 yards rushing and receiving in a game.

In fact, Johnson is only the second player in franchise history to achieve the mark, the last one coming courtesy of the infamous Billy Cannon in 1961.

The defense stepped up big as well; the big men up front held the Bills to less than 90 yards on the ground, looking like the Titans unit from the 2008 season.

As for the defensive backs, where does one start? Vincent Fuller jumped a route on Trent Edwards for a pick-six just before the two minute mark in the fourth quarter, adding seven points to a 10-point Titans lead.

Roderick Hood pitched in two minutes later when he was in perfect position to snag a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass that slipped right through "superstar" wide receiver Terrell Owens' hands, taking the ball 31 yards for the final score of the game—and serving notice to future opponents that these Titans are back, and they are ready for some football.

But this week, Vince Young truly began to show that he has something more than a few short passes and the option to contribute.

First came his 38-yard laser to Kenny Britt at the end of the first quarter. Not only was it one of his longest passes of the year, it was near perfection, hitting Britt in stride as he went deep down the left side of the field.

He followed that up two plays later with a strike to Nate Washington over the middle, standing firm in the pocket and delivering the ball like a seasoned pro.

Throw in a couple of well-timed scrambles for 14 and 12 yards apiece, and what you have is a young quarterback who looks like he is grasping how big of an opportunity he has to show how much he has matured, how much he has grown, and just what he can bring to the table.

He still got a little greedy early, throwing into coverage and being rewarded with an interception. And he put the ball on the ground twice, which is not what we want to see out of the emerging star.

But overall, this was his best game since his return, and if he continues to grow and improve like he has over the last three weeks, even his detractors will have to recognize his abilities and admit they were wrong.

I'm not saying it yet, mind you. But I have considered the possibility.