Offense Awful Again in 20-7 Loss to Titans

Tennessee Titans cornerback Nick Harper, right, breaks up a pass intended for Carolina Panthers wide receiver Keary Colbert in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. The Titans beat the Panthers 20-7.

The Panthers offense continues to take steps backwards, as Sunday in Tennessee it was just like old times as the Titans feasted on former Texans now Panthers QB David Carr in a 20-7 Titans win.  While the Panthers were unable to do much of anything on offense, the Titans running game was the story, rushing for 140 yards on 43 carries and controlling the clock most of the day.  Tennessee had just 236 yards of offense, but it was enough against a Panthers team that clearly is in deep trouble in the NFC South.

Carolina managed just 191 yards of offense, as Carr, who was playing with Vinny Testaverde on the bench, threw for just 107 yards on 15-for-27 passing.   The team ran for just 78 yards on 22 carries, a 3.5 yards per carry average against the NFL’s #1 run defense.
LenDale White continues to become the Titans top back, as he ran for 100 yards on 31 carries and a score.

Tennessee held an opponent to 14 or fewer points for the sixth time this season. The Titans defense had a shutout until the Panthers finally scored in the fourth quarter.  Albert Haynesworth had three of the Titans’ season-high seven sacks as they continue to be the leagues most improved unit from a season ago.

For Carolina, it’s now two losses in a row, and with the Bucs winning, they fall to second in the NFC South.  Next week the Panthers will be at home for the Falcons in a must win.

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