When the Tennessee Titans take the field on Sunday to face the Carolina Panthers, they will get a chance to do something they haven’t done since the final two games of the 2013 season.
With Ryan Fitzpatrick under center and head coach Mike Munchack at the helm, the Titans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-16 in week 16 and the same pair beat the Houston Texans 16-10 in the final game of the season.
That’s right….win two games in a row.
The Titans haven’t won a home game since October 12th last year when they beat the Jaguars in the friendly confines. It was Whisenunt’s only victory at L.P. Field, and he never won in the newly-named Nissan Stadium.
The Titans won the last meeting between these two teams, but the year was 2007 and Vince Young was under center.
A lot has changed for both teams since November 4th of that year, and this contest will be more difficult for the good guys.
It was an impressive win in overtime at the Sueperdome on Sunday against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, but it doesn’t get any easier this week at home when Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers come to town.
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The Panthers will bring an 8-0 record and fresh are off an impressive win over Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers last Sunday.
Cam Newton is a Heisman Trophy winner and is having the best season of his young career. He has passed for 1810 yards this season and is one touchdown pass ahead of Marcus Mariota with 14 on the season.
The Panthers rank first in the NFL in rushing offense with a 142.3 yard per game average and rank fourth in points per game at 28.5. With 4.8 yards per play, they rank second in the NFL.
Last week in Charlotte, the Panthers used three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown by quarterback Cam Newton to beat the Packers 37-29. Newton was 15-of-30 for 297 yards passing and added 57 rushing yards.
An emotional week with the firing of Ken Whisenhunt is over, and the team responded with an impressive win last week. This week it’s back to work, and the pressure of winning at home will hang like a cloud over the Cumberland River and Nissan Stadium.
Can the Titans keep the momentum going this week and hand the Carolina Panthers their first loss of the season, or will they just be a bump in the road for this team on their way to a perfect season?