INDIANAPOLIS – For the past three weeks, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has started for the Titans and has helped lead them to back-to-back victories.
Starting quarterback Jake Locker left a week four matchup against the Texans with a shoulder injury and is not expected to play this weekend against the Colts.
A 3-4 record began to trend toward .500 on a Thursday night matchup two weeks ago with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Kicker Rob Bironas hit four field goals, and his game-winner from 40 yards out as time expired gave Tennessee a much-needed win.
The Titans erased a 10-point fourth quarter deficit with less than five minutes to play in earning a 26-23 victory.
Tennessee carried that momentum into this past weekend with Chris Johnson rushing for a season-high 195 yards and two touchdowns as the Titans beat the Bills, 35-34.
The 195 yards for Johnson was by far the best game the Pro Bowl running back has had this season, and the two touchdowns were his first scores of the year.
After three quarters on Sunday, the Bills led, 34-28, but the final frame would not see the offensive frenzy that took place early on in Orchard Park.
Wide receiver Nate Washington hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Hasselbeck with 1:03 to play to give the Titans the victory.
Just like the Colts, the Titans are one of nine teams at 3-3 or 3-4 currently in the AFC.
In order for Tennessee to continue to be in the playoff discussion, it will need to get consistent production from Johnson.
This season Johnson has had rushing efforts of four, 17, 24, 141, 24, 91 and 195 yards.
It has been an up-and-down season for Johnson, but the Titans' rushing offense is beginning to find its groove.
Rookie ride receiver Kendall Wright is beginning to emerge in the Titans passing game and leads the team with 36 catches.
Tight end Jared Cook and Washington join Wright to form a trio of pass catchers with more than 300 reception yards.
*2012 Record: *3-4, Third in the AFC South.
*Head Coach: *Mike Munchak, 2nd season as Titans head coach (12-11 overall regular season).
*2012 NFL Rankings: *Offense – Overall, 26th (324.9); Rushing, 28th (88.3); Passing, 17th (236.6) Defense – Overall, 30th (416.1); Rushing, 25th (134.7); Passing, 27th (281.4).
*2012 Leading Passer: *Matt Hasselbeck (96-156 comp., 931 yards, 61.5 pct., 5 TDs, 4 INTs, 78.2 rating).
*2012 Leading Rusher: *Chris Johnson (110 carries, 496 yards, 2 TDs).
*2012 Leading Receiver: *Kendall Wright (36 receptions, 304 yards, 2 TDs).
2012 Leading Sacker: Kamerion Wimbley, Derrick Morgan, Mike Martin (2.0).
2012 Turnover Breakdown: -4 (24th).
2012 NFL Draft Results: The Titans drafted a playmaker at receiver for quarterback Jake Locker by selecting Kendall Wright with the 20th overall pick. Wright has shown spurts of his big-play ability and leads the team in receptions. In the second round, the Titans chose linebacker Zach Brown, and the North Carolina product has started five of the last six games for Tennessee. Mike Martin, the Titans' third-round pick, has played very well on the defensive line and is tied for the team lead with two sacks.
*2011 Review: *In Mike Munchak's first season as an NFL head coach, the Titans went 9-7 and narrowly missed the playoffs. The Titans had moments of achievement in the first season under a new regime, finishing second in the AFC South. After starting his career with three straight Pro Bowl seasons, running back Chris Johnson added a fourth 1,000-yard season, performing to his lofty standards. He ran for 1,047 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games. Rookie quarterback Jake Locker saw extended action in three games. He played in five outings overall. Matt Hasselbeck was the Titans' 16-game starter. He hit 319-of-518 attempts for 3,571 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Last time in Playoffs: 2008 season. Lost in the AFC Divisional Round, 13-10, to the Baltimore Ravens.
*Last time in Super Bowl: *1999 season. Lost Super Bowl XXXIV, 23-16, to the St. Louis Rams.
*Super Bowl Championships: *None.
2011 Pro Bowl Selections: None.