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Jake Locker Wins Big in First Game Back from Injury

November 13th, 2012 at 12:57 PM
By Ethan Rees

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker led the team to a huge 37-3 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Locker, who looked confident in the game, had been sidelined since he injured his shoulder in the Titans week four game against the Houston Texans.

The offense was on point against the Dolphins as the Titans secured their first blow-out win of the season.  It is a pleasant surprise for the organization and their fans heading into their bye week, especially having lost in similar fashion multiple times earlier in the year.

Locker had been practicing over the past two weeks but was not quite ready for the week nine game against the Chicago Bears.  The Titans played it safe, limiting chances for any long term injuries for their young quarterback, and it seemed to have paid off so far.

He did lack great numbers, completing only 9-of-21 passes for 122 yards, but he connected with his receivers for two touchdown passes that gave the Titans all they needed. 

One of those touchdown passes went to rookie Kendall Wright for his fourth touchdown on the season, which is tied for the team lead with veteran Nate Washington.  Wright's touchdown catch was his only reception on the day.

Tight end Jared Cook,  who had been vocally upset about how the team used him during Locker's absence, caught the other touchdown on a 26 yard reception.  Locker's numbers weren't great, but the relationship he has already built with his receivers may play an important role in the Titan's success as they showed against Miami with the blowout.

Tennessee finally looked great on both sides of the ball.  Only problem is, it was the Dolphins.  They proved they aren't in the bottom tier of the league, but outside of their win against the Steelers, they have beaten three mediocre teams at best.  They have lost big games to teams like the Patriots, Texans and the Bears last week that could have made them a big threat in the AFC.

After the bye week, they have a game to iron some things out against the Jaguars before facing the Texans at home, a game that could make or break their season.

The bye week comes at a perfect time for the Titans, as Locker was able to play against a weak Miami team to get his rhythmback, while also having an additional week to rest his shoulder going into the final stretch of the season.

If Locker can effectively use the off week to rest and get his head back in the game, the Titans could come out for their final six games with a full head of steam after crushing the Dolphins.

Tags: Football, Houston Texans, Jake Locker, Jared Cook, Miami Dolphins, NFL, Tennessee, Tennessee Titans

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