The Tennessee Titans hosted the San Diego Chargers for their first preseason game and they ran all over the squad, rushing for 288-yards and three touchdowns on their way to a 27-10 victory over the Chargers.
This rushing attack didn’t just come from one running back but each of the Titans’ running backs had an impact. The starter, DeMarco Murray, had only six carries but ran for 93-yards, including a 71-yard touchdown run. Rookie back-up Derrick Henry also had an efficient game, getting the ball ten times and rushing for 74-yards – which also included a six-yard touchdown run. Finally, running back Bishop Sankey got to tow the rock toward at the end of the game and although he only three touches, he ran for 52-yards and scored on a 41-yard touchdown run. Running back Antonio Andrews didn’t score a touchdown but he did carry the rock eight times for 41-yards.
There’s a lot you can read from this and one ting is this is the team’s head coach, Mike Mularkey, wants to coach and build around. He wanted to be able to run the ball and any team that has a young quarterback wants to be able to run the ball; whilst this might be because it’s preseason, it’s definitely a good sign.
Another topic is that the Chargers’ defense isn’t looking that good. Though the starters don’t get a lot of reps, it’s not a good sign to see a team give up this many rushing yards in one game, especially when your first round pick is holding out and not playing.
The Chargers’ first team offense looked swift and effective when they played, putting up their only touchdown on a 44-yard passing touchdown to running back Melvin Gordon. Gordon had only 12-yards on three carries but was effective when he was in open space and we could see him be implemented in the passing game as the preseason continues. Quarterback Philip Rivers looked really good as well in his one drive, throwing two of three for 64-yards. If the team stays healthy, watch out.
Once the Chargers’ starters got out, the game turned into a blowout and they really couldn’t accomplish that much against the Titans. Now, this is the preseason but the Chargers need to find their groove now before they end up going 4-12 again this season and look for a new coach and perhaps a new city. Chargers play at home next Friday against the Cardinals while the Titans are home as well when they play the Panthers on Saturday.