Kenny Britt, Titans aerial attack look to silence critics tonight against division rival Jacksonville
A lot of smart people are saying the Titans’ defense is doing just fine even though the unit gave up 25 first downs and over 500 offensive yards against Dallas last week. What do you think – is this an elite stopper unit or one that’s beginning to show some holes?
As long as the Titans get to the QB like they’ve been doing, I don’t believe any amount of yards or even points for that matter can prevent this defensive unit from becoming one of the elite stoppers in the AFC. A pass rush combined with a talented secondary can go a long ways for Chuck Cecil’s crew. When you get to the QB quickly your defense as a whole looks better. Concerning the game in Dallas, some of the yards were scewed because of the fact the team was up the entire game and the Cowboys had to score to keep up with Chris Johnson, Vince Young, and Mike Heimerdinger’s troops. Also, the long 69-yard touchdown to Miles Austin was a bit fluky. It was a gamble on the part of the Titans seconday that didn’t pay off. The pieces and parts are in place, and you make a case for this unit being one of the Top 5 in the NFL. I have more worries about the offense than I do the defense, despite their lack of star power.
Tennessee went to the air attack early and often last week. The numbers suggest Vince Young is enjoying a career year. Are the Titans now just as effective throwing the ball as they are running it?
In short, not a chance. Vince doesn’t have the luxury of a dynamic, go-getter receiver like most of the signal callers in this league possess. That truth paired with his inability to complete the deep ball makes #28 and the rushing attack still the offense’s best chance to produce. Johnson is such a talent at RB, that whereever he would play the team’s run game would instantly become the focal of the offense. In this case, it’s not a knock against Young and the aerial attack as it is how good Chris and the offensive line are. This will always be a running football team, that goes to its featured player when it needs a play the most in clutch situations.
Which matchup do you expect Tennessee to try and exploit Monday night vs. the Jags?
The match-up the Titans will try to exploit Monday night against Jacksonville will be the off-tackle ground game. The Tennessee offensive line will expose the Jags of thier lackluster defensive line; especially concerning the tackle spot. I think if the team goes off tackle they can open up big holes and accumulate an abundance of yards with Chris Johnson’s ability to get to the outside. The two ends for the Jaguars are more pass rushers than run-stoppers. They are sort of undersized and I believe next to Chris Johnson, the bookend tackles are the team’s biggest strength. Roos and Stewart have been playing together since 2006, and the the league’s most talented tackle tandem have only missed a stunning three games as a duo. I believe the Titans experience on the offensive line will trump the Jags newly assembled defensive line. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chris Johnson go for over 175 yards on the ground.
Final score prediction:
I have the Titans winning this game rather easily 30-16. Jeff Fisher is preparing his squad in hopes of keeping pace with the Colts, so when it comes to going head-to-head with the defending AFC South champs they will have the opportunity this season to take over Indy’s reign atop the division if they defeat them. With that said, this game means more to the Titans than it does the Jags because the Titans have bigger things in mind. They are a playoff team, whereas Jack Del Rio’s club is just happy to be above .500.