NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans were frustrated over how they opened the season and more than a bit desperate. They took it all out on the Baltimore Ravens, showing off a passing game with new quarterback Matt Hasselbeck that means Chris Johnson now has some help.
Hasselbeck threw for 358 yards and a touchdown, and the Titans gave new coach Mike Munchak a big win in their home opener by beating the Ravens, 26-13, yesterday.
Munchak called the victory a great recovery after a 16-14 loss at Jacksonville.
"We knew we couldn't be 0-2," Munchak said after getting a Gatorade bath in the final seconds and a game ball from owner Bud Adams in the locker room. "You can't start a season 0-2 . . . We've been talking about winning at home since the first day I took the job."
With the Ravens focused on stopping Johnson, Hasselbeck attacked through the air. Kenny Britt caught nine passes for 135 yards and a TD, while Nate Washington had seven more receptions for 99 yards. Rob Bironas also kicked four field goals as Tennessee (1-1) held the ball for more than 35 minutes and outgained Baltimore 432-229 in total offense.
Johnson had 24 carries for 53 yards, and he couldn't be happier at how well his teammates performed.
"A lot of teams come in thinking they can just load the box and if they stop me, they can win . . . It just showed we have other playmakers," he said. "We have other ways to beat you. Hopefully, they help out and let other teams around the NFL know you just can't stack the box and try to stop me and win."
Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens did put eight near the line of scrimmage at times to try to stop Johnson.
"Hasselbeck did a nice job of controlling the game as far as recognizing what we were in and getting them in the right play," said Harbaugh, who dropped to 1-2 against the Titans. "To me, that's what a veteran quarterback does. He gets the ball out and he's got some big targets. The credit goes to him. I think he was the guy that was the difference in the game."
The Titans signed Hasselbeck to a three-year deal worth $9 million this season.
They also showed off their revamped defense. They sacked Joe Flacco three times and hit him repeatedly while forcing three turnovers, including two interceptions. The Ravens (1-1), who looked so dominant in routing Pittsburgh 35-7 in their opener, forced only one turnover.
"I think everybody didn't play well, and that's the bottom line," Harbaugh said. "We win as a team, and we lose as a team. I'm not going to sit here and nitpick one guy."