Batimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans: Britt Happens; Ravens Lack Urgency, 26-13

Barry BarnesContributor IIISeptember 18, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 18:   Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titan is tackled in the end zone after catching a pass for a touchdown during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at the LP Field on September 18, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Titans defeated the Ravens 26 to 13.   (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans is stopped for a loss by the Baltimore Ravens defense at LP Field on September 18, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee won 26-13.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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If the Tennessee Titans colors were black and gold, the Baltimore Ravens would have played with the same intensity and urgency from a week ago when they performed brilliantly against their rival Pittsburgh Steelers.  Instead, Titans veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and wide receiver Kenny Britt caught the Ravens sleeping, 26-13.

New Titans head coach Mike Munchak get his first NFL coaching win at the expense of a Ravens team that was riding an emotional high from last week’s win in Baltimore.  Munchak received a Gatorade dunk with 26 seconds left in the game.

With all the credit going to the Titans (1-1), the Ravens were completely out of touch in this contest.  Baltimore’s running game, off the back of running back Ray Rice, who finished with 43 yards on 13 carries, never got on track do the offensive line ineffectiveness. 

Quarterback Joe Flacco struggled to complete passes, due to the lack of pass protection, and his wide receivers were not getting open.  And when the Ravens receivers did get some space, they could not bring the ball in.

Flacco registered 197 passing yards off 15 completions on 32 attempts, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Hasselbeck started to gel with his teammates as he sliced and diced the Ravens (1-1) defense, mainly the secondary, for a solid first victory as a Titan as he compiled 358 yards off 30 completions on 42 attempts, a touchdown and an interception.

Clearly, the Ravens' only gameplanned for Titans running back Chris Johnson and succeeded, as the play-making back was shut down, with 53 rushing yards on 24 carries.

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens rolls out under pressure against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field on September 18, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images
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Apparently, the Ravens defense did not get the memo on Britt being a legitimate star receiver in the NFL, as he man-handled each defensive back that the Ravens threw at him.  The 6-3, 215-lb. pass catcher finished with 135 yards on nine catches, including a four-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.  Britt was most effective in critical situations, in which the Titans needed a play, and he delivered.

Outside Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who finished with two tackles and an interception with constant pressure from one side, the defense was not effective.      

The Ravens and Titans were tied 10-10 at the half.  The Titans deferred to the second half and the largest victory for Tennessee was its ability to execute long drives throughout the second half. 

The Titans had the ball five times for the second half and sustained drives of eight, twelve, four (twice) and fourteen plays.  The Ravens defense was successful in one outing, forcing a three-and-out entering into the fourth quarter.  However, the other four-play drive of the Titans ended with a 39-yard field goal, due to Flacco’s second pick of the day as he intended for a pass to tight end Ed Dickson.

The Ravens could not get the ball out of the Titans’ possession.

The Ravens had an opportunity to get back into the contest when Tennessee was up 23-10.

Flacco connected on five consecutive passes to help set up great field position at the Titans’ 6 yard-line.  Consequently, the Ravens came up with nothing, settled for a field goal with 5:02 remaining in the game.  If the Ravens forced a three-and-out or a turnover, they would have had more time to attempt a comeback. 

Nonetheless, after a 14-play drive by the Titans, Baltimore did not get the ball back until 26 seconds was left on the clock.

The Ravens led once when they were up 7-3 mid-way through the second quarter with 4:49 left.