Coming into Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst had completed a grand total of 96 passes in 178 attempts for 982 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions in a career spanning nine seasons with three different teams.
Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt believed that Whitehurst could help Jake Locker with the intricacies of the NFL (something Locker's struggled with since he came into the league in 2011), but the veteran has also thrown some in spot duty. Whitehurst came in for Locker, who was dealing with a wrist injury, last week against the Colts in a blowout loss, completing 12-of-23 passes for 177 yards, one touchdown and one interception -- about what anyone could expect.
Safe to say, Whitehurst exceeded any and all expectations when he came into the game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday after Locker got banged up and left the game to get X-rays. In his first two throws of the day, Whitehurst threw two touchdown passes against Cleveland's miserable defense.
The first one came with 3:43 left in the first half with the Titans already up, 14-3. Whitehurst hit speedy receiver Kendall Wright (who already had a touchdown from Locker on the day) in the back of the end zone as cornerbacks Joe Haden and Buster Skrine simply got turned around.
On Whitehurst's second throw with 2:44 left in the first half, Justin Hunter ran right by Skrine on a deep sideline route -- it was no contest, and Skrine had no help up top. The Titans had a 28-3 lead at the half.
And thus, the man whose season-high for touchdown passes in a season came with the Seahawks in 2010 (three total), banked two quick scores in a very improbable sequence. Of course, it helps when you're facing an epically bad pass defense -- Locker was 8-of-11 for 79 yards and that score before he was hurt.