Titans find way to win

KEN FIDLIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

If you had known the Tennessee Titans would rush for a net of 20 yards against the Chicago Bears yesterday, just one yard more than the lowest total in franchise history, what do you figure their chances would have been of waking up 9-0 this morning?

Slim? None?

Well, they're 9-0 and, yes, their ground game was absolutely smothered by the Bears but the Titans, as they have every game for the past 12, found a way to win, beating Chicago 21-14.

A couple of weeks ago, LenDale White and Chris Johnson combined for 317 rushing yards in a game against Kansas City. Yesterday, White carried 10 times for 14 yards and Johnson carried 14 times for eight yards.

Enter unappreciated Kerry Collins, who threw two touchdown passes in a game for the first time in more than three years. He completed 30 of 41 passes for 279 yards, his first game over 200 yards in the air this year.

Once again the Titans delivered solid defence against a Bears team minus its starting quarterback, Kyle Orton.

Backup Rex Grossman didn't embarrass himself but he could not come up with the big play to put the Bears over the top after closing to within a touchdown late in the game.

Looking ahead, the Titans play at Jacksonville this week. After that, they host the Jets, travel to Detroit, host Cleveland and travel to Houston. They'll be favoured in every one of those games and should win them all.

If they survive that run, they face Pittsburgh at home in Week 15 and would, if still perfect, try to keep it that way on the final day of the season at Indianapolis.

STREAKING RAVENS

Don't look now but here come the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have not only won four in a row to challenge Pittsburgh at the top of the AFC North but they've become one of the highest-scoring outfits in the league.

This from a team that previously couldn't score unless the defence did it for them. In the four wins, the Ravens have scored 134 points, including 41 yesterday in their victory at Houston.

Against the Texans, the Ravens turned a close game into a rout, scoring 22 unanswered points in the fourth.

Joe Flacco began the season as the quarterback of past resort, a raw rookie. He's quickly established himself as an efficient manager of his offence. In his first five games, he threw for just one TD and seven interceptions. In the last four, he has thrown six TD passes and zero picks.

The Ravens' road to the post-season is a difficult one. In their final seven games, they face the entire NFC East, as well as a rematch against the Steelers, who beat them in overtime in Week 4.

COLT COMFORT

Rumours of the demise of the Indianapolis Colts seem to be premature. They looked very much alive in upsetting Pittsburgh at home yesterday and, while they may be a distant second to Tennessee in the AFC South, there can't be a team in the NFL that relishes playing them now.

They played the first half of the schedule with a rash of injuries to key players such as Bob Sanders and Joseph Addai and, truth be told, Peyton Manning has been struggling with various aches and pains all year.

But if this performance is any indication, the Colts once again have inserted themselves into the playoff picture.

QUICK KICKS

The Jets set a team record for largest margin of victory (44 points) in a 47-3 win over St. Louis, surpassing by two points their win over the Oilers 20 years ago ... Good for Kansas City coach Herm Edwards, going for two points on the final play of the game instead of going to OT. Is it better to take a chance on the vagaries of an extra period, or take one shot from the two-yard line? Looks like a 50-50 prop to me ... Somebody's going to have to put Drew Brees on a pitch count. He threw 58 passes yesterday against the Falcons, many of them with Atlanta sacks leader John Abraham breathing down his neck. Brees has thrown for 2,985 yards in nine games, an average of 338 per game.


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