As if it was not evident before, there is a star in the making in Tennessee, and his name is Vince Young. While the stats were not gaudy on Sunday, Young showed that he is on the verge as he led the Titans to their first win of the season, an impressive 25-22 win on the road in Washington. The first year quarterback was on, hitting for 13 of 25 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. Maybe the biggest stat for Young was that he did not turn the ball over, and with it, the Titans come out of it with their first win. Not to be outdone, there was a lot of help with the running of Travis Henry, who put up 178 yards on 32 carries and a touchdown. The defense for the Titans also played a big part, holding Clinton Portis to 58 yards on 14 carries, and getting a pick and a fumble as the only two turnovers of the game.
The Titans held the ball for 35:40 to just 24:20 for Washington. They scored on three of their first four possessions, and despite being down 14-13 after their first three scores, you had a sense that if it came down to the 4th quarter, Young would find a way. The game winning drive was just a few plays, but came after a costly fumble on a punt by Washington that was recovered by the Titans on the Skins 34-yard line. From there it was a couple of runs by Henry, followed by a Rob Bironas 30-yard field goal that gave the Titans a 25-22 lead with 5:11 to go. The drive of the game had to come after the Skins next 3-and-out, as Tennessee used five Henry runs to take the clock from 4:33 to 1:14 in the 4th quarter. The Titans followed with a punt that pinned the Skins at their own 16-yard-line.
Mark Brunell, who was held in check the whole day, then threw his only pick of the day from the 16 that ended any chance the Redskins may have had to get back into the game with a game-tying or game-winning drive. As the Titans celebrated the win, it had to make Joe Gibbs and the Redskins wonder where they go from here. After dropping to 0-2, the team had two impressive wins over Houston and an overtime win over the Jags but since have dropped two to the Giants and now a home loss that they probably felt they had a great chance of winning against the Titans.
This game was more about the Titans win though over the loss of the Redskins. Jeff Fisher may have done his best coaching of his life over the last two weeks in a gutsy 14-13 loss to the Colts and now a win on the road over the Skins. With a home game next week vs the Texans, suddenly the Titans and Vince Young look like a team that is going to be more than just an afterthought in the AFC South.