The Tennessee Titans fell in Jake Locker's return to the lineup 31-17 to the San Francisco 49ers. At times, the right thing would've been to question Mike Munchak's decision to go with Locker at quarterback, but after I thought about it for awhile, I got it.
Locker was able to get out his jitters and shake off his rust off in this game (one they were going to lose either way) and he'll be ready for full-go after the bye.
The Titans are now 3-4 heading into the bye, which isn't the worst thing in the world. But they're going to have to win six out of their last nine games to have a shot at a wild card in the AFC and that looks like a daunting task right now. The key games in the second half of Tennessee's schedule are the Colts (twice), Houston and the Denver Broncos.
It's not going to be easy. If the Titans want to be a playoff team, they're going to have to earn it.
Now that the Titans are at full strength, we're finally going to find out if the Locker-led Titans are for real. Should be fun.