Titan Up: Week 9 Game Balls

Offensive: Chris Johnson

“Dash” was our leading rusher: 24 attempts for 89 yards with a touchdown; and leading receiver: 6 catches for 72 yards. I’m starting to think that this kid is pretty good. He looked better as the game went on, always a great sign for a Titan running back. He has a 4.9 rushing average for the season and he continues to lead the AFC in rushing (as well as all rookies). We haven’t seen a rookie make this big of an impact since… well I’m not even going to go there.

Honorable Mention: LenDale White

LenDale had 77 yards on 8 rushing attempts. Most of those yards (54) came from a big run in the second quarter, which set up a Johnson touchdown. I wouldn’t say he had a great game. White, unlike Chris Johnson, is not exciting to watch. You don’t get the sense he could break a big one at any time. So, perhaps its the improbability of seeing him running by people, but there’s few sights more pleasurable for this Titans fan than #25 “sprinting” down the field.

Defensive: Jacob Ford

With Kyle Vanden Bosch leaving the game early because of a lingering groin injury, back-up Jacob Ford saw a lot of playing time. The second-year player made the most of his opportunity (actually this is his real rookie year because he missed all of last year with an injured Achillies). The 6th round pick from Central Arkansas sacked Aaron Rodgers twice and forced a fumble. He helped put the teeth back in a pass rush that was quite suspect Monday night against the Colts.

Honorable Mention: Chris Hope

As usual, Hope was making plays all over the field. With 5 tackles, 2 passes defended, a sack, and an interception in the end zone, this was a good game even by his high standards. I didn’t give him the game ball because the Packers passed for 314 yards, and we gave up some big plays, but I think some of those where on free safety Michael Griffin.

On side note, how many defensive players do you think the Titan’s will send to the Pro Bowl? I think it has to be at least 5 right? Tell us what you think.

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  • FatAlbertPainsworth

     I’d say Bulluck, Finnegan, KVB, Painsworth are locks for Pro Bowl, with Hope having an outside shot if he keeps coming up to stop the run and continues to pick passes off like it’s his damn job. Great to see that guy back to being his old self after last season’s scary spinal cord injury. 

    If Painsworth isn’t Defensive MVP, then I’m never going to watch another NFL game besides our beloved Titans again. 

  • gnbishop

    agreed. on all counts. i also think griffin has an outside shot.

  • jody

    I think if Griffin can keep up those interception #’s (4 so far) he will have a shot. I do think Hope (3 int, 47 tackles) has a better shot, especially if we end the season 14-2 or better. It’ll be interesting to see how the coaches and players vote.

  • FatAlbertPainsworth

    Speaking of Painsworth, check out who’s on the latest cover of SI. That’s what I’m talking about. Congratulations #92. Keep up the hard work and the success on and off the field will continue to follow.

  • 189 key pass X post-corner

    hey guys. its your new yankee (the pejorative, not the evil empire) correspondent. I miss y’all. i found a decent small sports bar that plays most games. they also have a drink special called the “redneck”. its a can of budwiser and a shot of jim or jack for six dollars. not bad. there are a lot of vikings fans there for some reason, so they have enjoyed the company of a titans fan whose team beat an nfc north team last week and is preparing to do it again this week, insha alha. 
    ok, so, who’s going to the big, stupid dance in hawaii. well, for starters there’s #9, my man, steve mcnair. His throw back, six-point stance at nose guard is every center’s nightmare. most of the rest of the defense will probably go to hawaii too. so for anyone out there who has been in a comma for the past couple months, or if your a complete moron, the titans are flipping good. (can i curse?) their defensive front 4 are the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The day of judgement will proceed directly after the titans win the ring, that sunrise, after painsworth has brought a plague of locusts, we will all face east to meet the rising sun, christ will rise along with the dead of the ages, and take us to the promise land.