Bolts Report Card

The Titans' game-plan against the Chargers was simple: run the ball and stop the run. The strategy worked to perfection until Philip Rivers and Vincent Jackson threw a wrench in the works.

PASSING OFFENSE: B -- Philip Rivers was ineffective in the first half but caught fire in the second half and that was the difference. Rivers was 12-of-17 for 194 yards and a touchdown. The pass protection was solid, especially considering the Titans' active front seven. The Titans were bent on stopping LaDainian Tomlinson so the pressure was on Rivers to win the game. And he did it, with help from Chris Chambers (six catches, 121 yards) and Vincent Jackson (five, 114 and a touchdown). Good stuff from the outside receivers with Antonio Gates going down in the first half.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- Tough to run with eight or nine guys in the box. And the Titans were able to stone Tomlinson, as he rushed for just 42 yards on 21 carries for a puny 2-yard average. But Tomlinson's second effort will long be remembered where he stretched his arm out to get the ball in the end zone on a fourth-down play that iced the win.

PASS DEFENSE: A -- The pass rush was able to get after Vince Young - he didn't have his legs, which made him an easy target. Jacques Cesaire, Luis Castillo and Shawne Merriman each had a sack; Young was pestered many more times as he could pass for but 138 yards and was intercepted by Drayton Florence.

RUSH DEFENSE: C -- The Titans were able to get a running game going, especially in the first half. The Chargers weren't pleased with giving up 119 yards and a 4-yard average - that's too much for a team that prides itself on the run. But the Titans had but 30 yards rushing in the second half; some of that is due to being behind and throwing more but it's because the run-stuffers were doing a better job. Jamal Williams' return after missing the past two games helped that cause.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- K Nate Kaeding tried too hard on his 45-yard field-goal attempt and it went about three different ways before going wide right. But he did click later from 20 yards. P Mike Scifres had a solid game with two of his attempts landing inside the Titans' 20. Darren Sproles was average on returns, having a long of 10 on a punt and 22 on a kickoff. The coverage units were good.

COACHING: A -- Norv Turner came out winging it in the third quarter and it was the difference in the game. The Titans were getting confident that they could hang with the Chargers after taking a 6-0 lead into the locker room. But Turner threw caution to the wind as he let it loose and he really showed his stuff when he went for it on fourth-and-1. The result was the difference in the game as Tomlinson leaped over the pile to put the finishing blow on the game.

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