Sunday two teams that are 2-1 face each other in the Dawg Pound. Hasselbeck and the Titans will be trying to push their record to 3-1 while the Browns will be trying to capitalize on the fact that the Titans just lost their number one receiver and Chris Johnson has yet to break 100 yards rushing after 3 games. The Browns feature weapons such as Peyton Hillis, Colt McCoy, Joe Haden, and Joshua Cribbs among a lot of other young up and comers. The Titans also feature a lot of young playmakers in the likes of Jason McCourty, Alterraun Verner, Karl Klug, and Nate Washington. The biggest story of this game might be how the Titans young unproven wide receivers play. Enough of the pleasantries, lets get into it.
This is a big game for the Titans. It may very well set the mood for the rest of the season.
We need CJ and he needs to show up now, at this game. The Titans have been completely stagnant in the run game. They have to get it going. This game is the time for it to happen. Kenny Britt is gone for the season. That’s a huge blow to the team. He has been destroying defenses and practically carrying the team. It’s now back onto Chris Johnson’s shoulders. He has to find his rhythm again. This team can’t consistently win through Hasselbeck. It’s just not possible.
Spread the ball and keep the defenses on their toes. If we’re gonna win, all the receivers have to come together and play well. Nate Washington is the only receiver that anyone is familiar with out there and that needs to change. Damian Williams will be moving into the number one receiver spot, as the Titans like Nate Washington lining up in the second spot. D-Will has a lot of pressure on him and I, for one, think he’ll have a break out game. Last year he never really got a chance to see the field, which may very well have been a product of the mess the team was. When Williams did see the field, he showed great hands and route running. This year he had a bit of an off preseason, but it doesn’t worry me. He added about 10 pounds of muscle this past offseason which has him tipping the scale at 199lbs with a height of 6’1″. He needs to play at his best as does the rest of the receiving corps so that the Titans are still taken seriously as an aerial offense. We also need to see the Cookie monster actually become a consistent part of this offense. He’s a great weapon that has to start getting included.
No more penalties. The Titans barely won last week because of penalties. They can’t suffer the same mistakes this game. They had 11 penalties for over 100 yards. No more. They’ve gotta keep their heads clear and stay focused on the game at hand. We have a terrific young defense that is leaps and bounds ahead of what is was last year. They’ve got the motivation to prove themselves and the talent to take this team far, they’ve just gotta learn to think a little more clearly.
In the end, I think the Titans will win this game handedly. Colt McCoy is gonna be scrambling for his life and he’ll end up throwing multiple picks while trying to make a play to keep his team in the game. Peyton Hillis will be working hard to keep the offense moving, but the Titans have a stiff defense. I think he finds the endzone once, just barely. Other than that I believe the Titans will keep the Browns at bay while proving we do still have a dangerous offense, even with the loss of Kenny Britt.
Titans 27 – Browns 13
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