Titans vs Chargers: Week 3 Keys to Victory, Players to Watch

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Titans vs Chargers: Week 3 Keys to Victory, Players to Watch

Sep 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak walks off the field after the Titans were beat 38-10 by the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans will attempt to end a nine-game losing streak against the San Diego Chargers when Tennessee hosts them on Sep. 22. The Titans’ last victory came in 1992. Last season, the Chargers pulled off a 38-10 victory. Many of those nine losses have been in similar blowout fashion. They’ve come during your average regular-season game, Christmas and playoff games.

Maybe the biggest difference in the public eye comes with the quarterbacks. Philip Rivers is an established quarterback who’s coming off an AFC Player of the Week honor for his brilliant performance in a 33-30 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Jake Locker is coming off a week where local sports talk callers have scolded him for missing key passes against the Houston Texans.

Both teams are confident heading into this matchup. Most ESPN experts favor the Titans. It appears as though most outsiders favor the Chargers. Despite last season’s blowout, both teams have vastly different rosters and coaching staffs. Another difference is that this game is played at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.

Let’s take a glance at eight keys to victory for the Titans. Who are 10 players that could have a significant impact on this contest?

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  • Modesto Koczwara

    I must admit I have SD winning this game because they are just too powerful on paper!

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  • Lem

    Titans should get a few sacks and many hurries, problem with the pressure is Rivers will dump the ball off, SD has a great short passing game (2) RB’s that can chip block then become receivers. If you stop that, he will then hit Gates over the middle (no linebacker is going stop Gates, just to slow). Rivers has been getting better each week in a new offense and has shown the ability to control the tempo of the game. The Titans can not run a ball control offense with the Chargers having 8 in the box. I don’t see how the media experts are picking the Titans to win unless they thing (2) back to back cross country trips are just to much for a west coast team. The Chargers will score at least 28 points. Can the Titans offense score as many points as the Texans or Eagles NOT. Titans loose by 10.

    • Joshua Huffman

      If the Chargers score 28, Titans have virtually no chance of winning. I’d be surprised if they gave up that much, probably somewhere between 17-24. This defense is much better (and dirtier) than last year’s cupcake unit. They’re not elite but they’re not anything as bad as what gave up three TDs to Rosario last year.

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