A week after the Rams defense thoroughly shut down Seattle’s run game, the team took a major step back in its 28-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
The defense was gashed by the Titans and running back Chris Johnson to the tune of 150 yards and two touchdowns, both single-game highs this season for the sixth-year back out of Richmond. As a team the Titans ran for 198 yards on 35 carries, good for 5.7 yards per attempt.
“We lost the edges. ‘CJ’, obviously, when he gets on the edge, he goes,” said Rams coach Jeff Fisher. “We edged it up all week and we emphasized it and so I haven’t looked at it, but I’m sure we had a number of guys who made mistakes.”
Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan gave Johnson credit, but added the Rams could have done some things differently.
“Not being gap sound and not making the tackles on the tail-end when we needed to,” said Finnegan. You’ve got to credit CJ. He’s an electrifying runner, he’s got speed, and he did a good job today.”
Defensive end Chris Long said the loss was especially disheartening given the defense’s dominating performance the previous week.
“You set a benchmark and then you don’t meet it as a group – frustrating things,” he said. “Guys were ready to play, guys were mentally in it and jacked up for the game. I’m not sure what happened. It blows my mind, I have no idea.”