There’s only so much news and analysis that we can disseminate to the readers on TitanSized. There are always noteworthy tidbits/nuggets of information about the Titans that don’t make it into our posts but should be noted. This is why we try to bring those bits of information at the end of the week in this article.
Here’s what you may have missed.
- Dexter McCluster broke his forearm in a freak home accident and won’t get to play his former team
- As expected, Jatavis Brown and Denzel Perryman are out this weekend, which is great news for the Titans
- Delanie Walker is a full-blown game time decision *sad face emoji*
- Derrick Henry’s hair gives him a height advantage over a certain Titans legend
- The 2016 Titans are so much better than the 2015 Titans
- We have our quarterback for the next 10+ years
While McCluster really hadn’t been doing much for the Chargers, it still would’ve been cool to see him go up against his former team, the Titans. Not only that, but he’s also out for the season. McCluster might not have lived up to his contract expectations, but he was a decent and exciting player for us and was a very nice guy. I wish him the best in his recovery.
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As Gregg Rosenthal pointed out, and as we pointed out earlier this week, Brown and Perryman missing this game is massive for the Titans run game. The Chargers have been surprisingly stout against the run this year, and much of that should be attributed to the stellar play of both Brown and Perryman (and Manti Te’o who’s been out since week three). DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry are both in line for good games. Marcus Mariota could also have a lot of success on the ground because of those injuries.
Speaking of Mariota, how awesome has he been of late? His 120.7 passer rating from Weeks 5-8 ranks second in the NFL, trailing only the GOAT Tom Brady. After an admittedly horrible start to his sophomore season, Mariota has turned his and the Titans’ season around in outstanding fashion.
If Walker misses this game, which is looking likely, then the offense will really need to be at its best. We saw how poorly the offense played when Walker didn’t play against the Oakland Raiders. Granted, the offense has really come along since then, but it would still be a big blow.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, it feels so good to not be last year’s Titans. We’ve still blown a game or two this year, but we’ve been in every game and are winning. I’m not the biggest Mike Mularkey fan, but he gets this team ready to compete every week and hang around in games where it doesn’t seem like we have a chance. Credit to him for the team’s success so far this season.