Tennessee Titans: Winners and Losers from Titans' Win vs. Broncos

Raj Prashad@RajPrashadCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 2011

Tennessee Titans: Winners and Losers from Titans' Win vs. Broncos

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    The Tennessee Titans started their road to redemption Sunday by defeating the Denver Broncos 17-14 for the first time in four tries.

    The Titans fell back into their old ways, drawing 11 penalties for 80 yards, but kept enough composure to drive past Denver and overtake first place in the AFC South.

    Ahead are the winners and losers from the Titans in Week 3.

Winner: Nate Washington, WR

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    As news spread that Kenny Britt had suffered a serious knee injury and would not return to the game, one receiver needed to step up in his spot.

    That man was Nate Washington.

    Washington stepped up big time, snagging eight receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown. The seventh-year receiver had key receptions, including a clutch third-and-seven catch in the red zone to set up his game-tying touchdown early in the second quarter.

Winner: Matt Hasselbeck, QB

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    Matt Hasselbeck is off to the best start of his career as he completed his second-straight game with over 300 yards passing.

    As Hasselbeck led the Titans to their second consecutive win at home, the veteran quarterback completed 27-of-36 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns.

    Most importantly, though, Hasselbeck had zero turnovers and was consistent moving the ball around the field

Winner: Jason McCourty, DB

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    Jason McCourty was all over the field Sunday afternoon as the third-year defensive back redeemed himself in the young corner's second tilt with Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton.

    McCourty had six tackles and a key interception to stop Orton and the Broncos offense as they were marching into Tennessee territory.

Winner: Cortland Finnegan, DB

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    Standout defensive back Cortland Finnegan didn't make a huge impact on the Denver game, but his presence alone makes him a winner.

    Finnegan recorded three tackles, was explosive on defense, and finally backed up all the talk in his verbal spat with Denver's quarterback Kyle Orton.

Winner: Brett Kern, P

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    Not too often do you see a punter make a huge impact on the game, but in this one, Brett Kern was a difference maker.

    Tennessee was on the verge of heading into halftime with the game tied when Kern lined up at the Titans 45-yard-line to punt the ball. Long snapper Ken Amato sent the ball back to Kern which rolled off the punter's fingers and across the ground. Kern immediately picked the ball up and ran 35 yards for a first down, which eventually led to a Rob Bironas field goal right before halftime.

    The Titans ended up winning by three points and much of the thanks can go to Kern's heads-up play.

Loser: Tennessee Receiving Core

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    Tennessee's star receiver Kenny Britt went down Sunday afternoon in what is being speculated as a torn MCL and ACL. 

    Other than Nate Washington, the Titans will be thin on experience at the receiver position, with only Damian Williams, Marc Mariani and Lavelle Hawkins as the only receivers left on the roster. 

    Britt was in the top five receivers in the NFL in receptions and yards entering Sunday. He had three receptions for 18 yards before the injury took place.

Loser: Jared Cook, TE

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    Rave reviews emitted from Tennessee's training camp about the progress Jared Cook had made after two lackluster seasons.

    Against a defense short on healthy linebackers and defensive backs, Cook was projected to have a field day.

    The third-year tight end ended the game with only two catches for 12 yards.

Loser: Chris Johnson, RB

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    For the third-straight game, Chris Johnson was expected to finally break his slump. For the third-straight game, Johnson failed to rush for more than 100 yards.

    Through two games, the Broncos allowed 262 yards rushing, but the depleted Denver defense clogged up the gaps and gave no rushing room for CJ.

    Johnson finished the game with 13 carries for 21 yards. 

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