Trench Warfare: Offensive Line
This is why the Titans emphasized their offensive line. Chance Warmack will have his first head-to-head matchup with Watt. Along with an inexperienced rookie, watch right tackle David Stewart, who has been nursing a calf injury. These men will need to create running lanes for Chris Johnson and protect Locker so he can make enough plays to keep an honest defense.
REALITY: There’s no denying that Watt got the best of Warmack in this matchup. The Texans had four sacks, two of which came from Brian Cushing and Watt. Center Rob Turner made some mistakes and has some lackluster games in his first two appearances as a Titans player.
FAILURE (0 of 2)
Trench Warfare: Defensive Line
Controlling the line of scrimmage. That’s crucial for Jurrell Casey, who’ll serve as a primary component for stopping the Texans’ ground game. Arian Foster and Ben Tate are expected to split carries. Ropati Pitoitua was brought in to add size and physicality against the Texans’ run offense.
It’s all about matching the physicality and playing well. No stupid mistakes like Stewart made when his penalty ended a potential touchdown drive.
REALITY: The defense had two sacks. Despite that, Matt Schaub was under intense pressure throughout the game. That pressure forced Schaub into two interceptions, which led to 10 points off turnovers. Derrick Morgan had three quarterback hits with two tackles-for-losses and a sack.
SUCCESS (1 of 3)