The 2-point conversion, or 2PC, is two quick points from this week’s game about next week’s game. The first point will highlight a Titan player or unit that was the game-changing factor in this week’s game (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers). While the second point will highlight a weakness of the Titan’s upcoming opponent (this week, the New York Giants) from their game.
Titan Defense (1st overall – 206.5 ypg / 1st pass def – 85.5 ypg / 3rd in sacks – 8.0)
Yes, they have only faced the Oakland Raiders and a Ben Roethlisberger-less Pittsburgh Steelers. Still, this defense is vastly improved from last year, creating pressure with strategic blitzing and a young, relentless, and deep defensive front. Also, Chris Hope and Michael Griffin have limited big plays over the top, lightening the load for a solid Cortland Finnegan and new starter Jason McCourty. Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith, and Kevin Boss will be the first real challenge they have faced this year. Is this Titan defense for real?
Giant Offensive Line (Shaun O’Hara – Ankle)
They may have been humiliated by the Indianapolis Colts (Dwight Freeney, specifically) on national television, but sleeping on this offense would be a mistake. All eyes are on the ankle of Giant center, Shaun O’Hara, this week. Adam Koets, a guy that has never started in his NFL career, would fill-in if O’Hara is unable to play. Jason Jones is a handful for any NFL center and if the Giants start Koets, Manning could be in for a long day. Finally, running the ball with Ahmad Bradshaw will be the key for a Giant’s offense that has to stretch the Titan defense and keep the safeties playing forward.
The Giants need a win and the Titans need a win. Something has to give. Most experts have the score in the 20s, but look for this game to be surprisingly explosive early. The Titans will score early and often behind Chris Johnson (who will get on back on track this week), forcing Manning to pass just as often to keep pace.
Titans 33 – Giants 24
Topics: Adam Koets, Ahmad Bradshaw, Ben Roethlisberger, Chris Hope, Chris Johnson, Cortland Finnegan, Dwight Freeney, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Jason Jones, Jason McCourty, Kevin Boss, Michael Griffin, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Shaun O'Hara, Steve Smith, Tennessee Titans