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Titans stumble to 1-4 with loss to Vikings

Associated Press Published: October 7, 2012

Even when things were going right for the Titans, they still found a way to mess it up. A fake punt in the first quarter gave them a first down in Vikings territory and put momentum on their side. But Johnson fumbled the ball on the next play, and it was all downhill from there.

"The whole offense didn't do anything," Johnson said. "Didn't put up points, didn't stay on the field. Everything took a toll. You just can't say the running game. It's the whole offense."

While Johnson spent much of his time dancing and stutter-stepping in the backfield while futilely looking for daylight, Peterson just kept putting his head down and pounding away at the Titans defense until some running room opened up. He rushed for 88 yards on 17 carries. He broke off runs of 22 and 34 yards, his two longest of the season in another sign that he is nearly all the way back from a horrific knee injury last December.

"It felt good," Peterson said. "I didn't play the fourth quarter. That feels good, man. To get the score out of reach like that and get some other guys some carries and get that type of offense all around."

NOTES: Titans backup RB Javon Ringer injured his left knee late in the game and had to be carted off the field. Ringer is scheduled for an MRI on Monday. "I've just got to deal with it," Ringer said. "Can't change it now. I'll wait until I get a MRI tomorrow. They said I might just have a strain. Unsure." ... Rob Johnson and Jordan Babineaux had the interceptions for the Titans. ... Rookie WR Kendall Wright had nine catches for 66 yards. ... Vikings S Harrison Smith was ejected in the second quarter after making contact with an official.


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