Suitably emboldened—and with an early 13-0 lead—George and his blockers played traditional Titans football on Sunday. George carried 31 times for 113 yards and a touchdown, caught three passes for 27 yards and another score, and the Titans held the ball for 37:43 in a 23-14 win over the Jaguars. The most encouraging sign for Tennessee fans was that George again looked like the powerful slasher who battled for extra yards and was brimming with confidence as he returned to the huddle. "I saw it right away today," said Jacksonville defensive end Tony Brackens. "He ran for seven or eight yards on one of his first carries, and then he popped right up. He had that confidence all day."
In the weeks immediately following this Sunday's bye, the Titans will face three defenses that are less than formidable against the run—the Bengals', Colts' and Texans'—so look for Tennessee to keep riding its healthy horse. "It's not too late for us," George says. "We just have to believe in what we do and just do it."
Ravens Really Miss Lewis
How valuable is linebacker Ray Lewis to the Ravens? Before 0-2 Baltimore faced Denver on Sept 30, he made a fiery pregame speech, then had 18 tackles and an interception in the Ravens' 34-23 upset. The next week Baltimore was routing Cleveland 20-0 midway through the third quarter when Lewis left with a partially dislocated left shoulder. The Browns scored 21 points in the last 21 minutes, but Baltimore hung on 26-21. On Sunday in Indianapolis, the Ravens couldn't make enough plays without Lewis and lost 22-20. "It was different out there," cornerback Chris McAlister said. "Not hearing his voice. Not seeing him making plays. We played well without him, but we need him back."