Despite shutting down Titan star running back Chris Johnson the Ravens short handed secondary had no answers for vet Matt Hasselbeck who threw for 358 yards and a touchdown to lead the Tennesse Titans to an upset win over Baltimore 26-13.
Many of the concerns that Ravens fans shared heading into the season came to light a week late. The Offensive Line had issues not only opening running lanes for Ray Rice but keeping pressure off of Joe Flacco all game. Both Chris Carr and Jimmy Smith were out this game which left the cornerback spot thin. The reserves were unable to contain Titans receiver Kenny Britt who hauled in 9 catches for 135 yards and a score. Finally there was the possibility of a letdown after such an emotional win to start the season. It was clear from the first snap that Baltimore did not have the same intensity on both sides of the ball that it brought against Pittsburgh in Week One.
The Ravens offense looked as if it had reverted back to 2010 form. They looked lost on the first five drives and could not take advantage of a bounce that was picked off by Terrell Suggs.
Titans Kicker Rob Bironas, who missed an earlier 34-yard attempt hit a 25-yard Field Goal which was set up by a Ricky Williams fumble.
The Ravens offense gained some momentum on passes to Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin, Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson. Finally a Screen to Rice was set up well but it was Rice who snaked his way past three defenders to give Baltimore the lead 7-3 with 4:38 left in the Half.
The lead didn’t last long as Hasselbeck hit Tight End Jared Cook on a beautiful fade for a tough diving catch of 33 yards to get the Tennesse offense in gear. From then on it was all Kenny Britt. With 40 seconds remaining he Britt scored in front of Domonique Foxworth to take a 10-7 advantage.
Luckily for the Ravens they weren’t quite finished yet as returner David Reed busted a 77-yd gain. The offense stalled once again and they had to settle for a Billy Cundiff 41-yd Field Goal to knot the score at 10.
The Second Half wasn’t much better for Baltimore. Back-up Running Back Javon Ringer ripped off several nice runs in place of Johnson to start the Third Quarter for the Titans. He ended a ten yard run in the end zone to put Tennesse up for good at 17-10.
From there the Titans added two more Field Goals to open a 23-10. The Baltimore offense finally got churning but was stopped just outside the Ten. With under seven minutes left Head Coach John Harbaugh elected to kick the Field Goal and Cundiff did just that cutting the lead to ten; 23-13.
The Ravens would never get possession of the ball back.
The loss drops Baltimore to (1-1) as they travel to St. Louis to battle the Rams in Week Three.