Titans get a scare

KEN FIDLIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

As the wins have mounted and the season moves along, the Tennessee Titans have suggested they haven't yet played their best football.

After yesterday, one thing is certain: They have played their worst football. It occurred in the first half of yesterday's game in Jacksonville when they were completely outplayed by an inferior Jaguars outfit.

The most impressive thing about that is they were able to shrug off a lousy half, kick it back into gear and bury the Jags with 21 unanswered second-half points.

That brings Tennessee to 10-0 and even the grumpy old men of the 1971 Dolphins, who annually pop champagne when the last unbeaten team falls into the loss column, have to start being worried about yet another threat of a perfect season.

If the Titans can get past the recently impressive New York Jets next week at home, they have a very good chance of getting to Week 16 at 14-0, given that after the Jets they play Detroit, Cleveland and Houston, before facing Pittsburgh and Indianapolis to close out the season.

GIANT JUGGERNAUT

Normally, the New York Giants wear down their opponents, softening them up for the kill. Yesterday, they got off the bus throwing haymakers against Baltimore's heavyweight outfit.

The Giants have won impressively in just about every conceivable way this year but not many of them were as thorough and one-sided as this 30-10 wipeout of a team that figured it might be able to give the Giants a tussle.

When the carnage was over, the Giants had rushed for 207 yards against a team that hadn't given up 200 yards on the ground to an opponent in 11 years.

Running back Brandon Jacobs was the initial battering ram, bludgeoning his way to 70 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter. The Ravens had hoped to turn this into a statement game but, in the aftermath, they have to face the fact they have only one win in five games against teams playing at .500 or better.

The only thing the Giants have to worry about from here on out is complacency. They have complete control of the NFC East and probably will finish with the best record in the conference.

VEGAS MADNESS

Imagine the chaos in dozens of Vegas sports books (not to mention thousands upon thousands of living rooms occupied by bettors) in the dying seconds of the Steelers-Chargers game. San Diego was trailing by a point with one play left and started tossing the ball around to keep the play alive.

Eventually one of the laterals was fumbled and ended up in Steeler Troy Polamalu's hands. He took it for a touchdown. Steelers not only won, but they covered the five-point spread, making their bettors happy. Not so fast.

Suddenly, there was an official review and the report comes back that one of the exchanges was an illegal forward pass. Compounding the confusion was the referee's explanation that, yes, there was an illegal forward pass and then he declared the touchdown would stand. But, no.

He was wrong but failed to correct his statement. The score then, without explanation, reverted to 11-10 for Pittsburgh, making financial winners of all those who backed the Chargers, plus five points. According to one source, 71% of all legal bets on the game in Vegas backed the Steelers, making a lot of people unhappy.

PACK ON TRACK

The Packers blew out the Bears and now the NFC North can belong to anyone. Well, anyone except the Detroit Lions. Green Bay, Chicago and Minnesota, which lost at Tampa, now are all 5-5.

What's impressive about the Packers is that they're rounding into the kind of team they envisioned they would be in the post-Favre era: a power-running team (Ryan Grant, 145 rush yards) with a quarterback (Aaron Rogers, 23-of-30, 227 yards, two TDs) who can chip in as part of the show and not be the entire show.


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