"There were a lot of factors that were involved," Whisenhunt told The Tennessean. "The quarterback gets the credit a lot of times, and he gets the blame a lot of times. There were some protection issues in the first half that led to some problems. ... It was a team effort."
Locker, who finished with 234 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, visits the Bengals in Week 3.
After a tremendous performance Week 1 in a win against the Chiefs, the Cowboys shutdown Locker in the first half Sunday. Locker completed just 4 of 12 passes for 26 yards and one interception by halftime.
Though, the second half was a much different story for Locker, who led Tennessee on a scoring drive to open the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 16-3. The Titans then got within six points, as on the next Tennessee drive Locker connected with Delanie Walker for a 61-yard touchdown.
The Cowboys extended the lead to 26-10 before Locker hit Nate Washington for a 6-yard touchdown. However, after review, the ruling on the field was overturned as replay showed Washington had the ball knocked out of his hands as he was going to the ground. Locker came back on the next play to hit Walker for a pass in the end zone, but Walker couldn't come down with the football inbounds and Tennessee turned the ball over on downs.
The Titans are back in action Week 3 at Cincinnati.
Locker gave Tennessee a 7-3 lead when he capped an 11-play, 62-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker with 3:31 left in the second quarter. He put Tennessee ahead 17-3 with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright with 10:26 left in the third quarter that capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive. It was the seventh time in his career he passed for multiple touchdowns and first time since Week 7 last season.
He finished with 266 passing yards on 22 of 33 completions. Locker also rushed for 14 yards on six carries and had no turnovers. The Titans are back in action Week 2 vs. Dallas.
Locker has never faced the Chiefs in his career, but he is 1-1 with 473 yards, three touchdowns (one rushing) and one interception in two career games against AFC West opponents.
Quarterbacks averaged 19.9 Fantasy points per game against Kansas City last season, which included a playoff game against Indianapolis. Though, quarterbacks were much better down the stretch against Kansas City than earlier in the season.
After just one quarterback threw for multiple touchdowns in the first 10 games against Kansas City, quarterbacks totaled multiple passing touchdowns in five of the last seven games, including the playoff matchup.
Locker is 8-10 with a 81.1 quarterback rating through his first 23 NFL games (18 starts). The 2014 season is a big year for the 26-year-old quarterback. He does have some good young wideouts to throw to in Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter, but Locker is far from a must-start option heading into Week 1. He's at best a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback.
Locker hooked up with Nate Washington for a 63-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter. He was sacked twice and compiled 188 yards through the air while completing 18 of 23 passes. He added a touchdown and no interceptions, registering a 126.6 passer rating. He had one run for a gain of 12 yards.
|3||9/21/14||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|4||9/28/14||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|7||10/19/14||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/9/14||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/14||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|13||11/30/14||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|16||12/18/14||@ JAC||8:25 pm|
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