http://breatheifyoulovefootball.blogspot.com/2012/10/what-is-up-with-titans-and-jordan.html so I won't rehash that situation. Babs was part of a group of players that made big plays at the end of the game, and the defense held down the stretch and contributed to a great team victory.
As always, let's start with the defensive line. Once again we have such great rotation at defensive tackle. Jurrell Casey was banged up and didn't record many tackles but he still made his presence felt. Sen'Derrick Marks only recorded 1 QB hit, but he also made his presence felt all. He and the other defensive lineman got some pretty consistent pressure on Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
I wrote about how Derrick Morgan has simply a great game against the Steelers and he continued to make plays against the Bills. He finished the game with 3 tackles, 2 passes defended and 2 quarterback hits. He consistently got into the mix of things and got consistent pressure.He also recovered a fumble that defensive end Kamerion Wimbley caused.
Diles was replaced by veteran linebacker Will Witherspoon, who had initially replaced McCarthy as the MLB spot when he was injured early in the season. I am a fan of Witherspoon but he easily had his worst game as a Titan. One of the hardest things to watch is age catch up with guys and it appears Father Time has had his way with 'Spoon. Perhaps he has some ailment or injury that hasn't been disclosed but from all appearances he has slowed down and he was generally ineffective. He began splitting snaps with 5th year man Tim Shaw in the 2nd quarter and Shaw played the bulk of the snaps the remainder of the game.
I thought Tim Shaw had a good game at MLB. He finished the game with 4 tackles, 3 solo, and 1 tackle for a loss. He also was active and I was particularly impressed with how Shaw chased Fitzpatrick down at 6:56 left in the 4th quarter.
The defensive backs overall played fairly well. Alterran Verner just very quietly does a pretty good job of locking up his man and he very seldom gives up big plays. Nickel defensive back Ryan Mouton had a very active game and ended up as the 2nd leading tackler with 9 tackles, 7 solo and 1 tackle for a loss. I would like to see him work on his tackling skills.
Jason McCourty let Stevie Johnson get by him on a big play with 6 seconds left in the 3rd quarter but he also had no safety help as Griffin had run in to press the line. I'm not sure what happened there perhaps Griffin read that as a run play or perhaps it was designed as a safety blitz. Regardless, the play went for a 27 yard touchdown. McCourty would later make up for that play with a Fitzpatrick interception on a 3 and 7 with 3:00 left in the game to get the Titans the ball back and allow them to score. It was McCourty's second INT in two games and the Titans don't win the last two games without them.
Finally, I apologize for thinking 3rd year man Al Afalava was a rookie but I am not sorry for pointing out how well he has played. He recorded 4 tackles in this game, 2 of them solo. He has 61 career tackles, 2 sacks, 7 passes defended and 1 forced fumble. He recorded the majority of his stats prior to joining the Titans in 2009 during his first year with the Chicago Bears. He is a hard hitting guy and I think we will continue to see him get playing time.