Four Tennessee Titans to keep an eye on in Week 9 vs. the Ravens.
Finally, the bye week is over and it is time to get ready for the second half of the season. The Tennessee Titans will kick off Week 9 against the Baltimore Ravens and it will start the playoff push for the last two months of the season.
Although the two don’t play each year, it is always a big game when the Titans and Ravens square off. Of course, there have been plenty of intense games over the years and this time should be no different. Both teams are in the thick of the playoff race and this game could be huge for Wild Card implications.
As always, here are four Titans to watch out for this Sunday.
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Corey Davis has battled hamstring injuries since training camp and we only received a glimpse of his potential during the first two weeks of the season. In Week 1, he hauled in six catches for 69 yards against the Oakland Raiders.
Everyone has been waiting for the Titans’ offense to explode, but it just hasn’t happened yet. Davis has the opportunity to be a game changer and it could start against the Ravens.
Johnathan Cyprien was expected to have a big role on the defense as part of the secondary re-haul in the offseason, but like Davis, he injured his hamstring early on in the season.
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Sunday should be the first time Cyprien plays since the first game of the season, and he will be needed in run defense against the Ravens. Mike Mularkey has said that Cyprien will not be pushed right back into the starting role, but he needs to make the most of his opportunities against the run.
Jurrell Casey just hasn’t looked as dominant as he has in the past, but maybe the bye week will give him a boost for the second half of the season.
When Casey is at his best, the defense is also at its best. He is a game changer on the defensive line and needs to be a force in the backfield. If he is constantly breaking into the backfield and stopping Alex Collins behind the line, the Titans should be in good shape.
In his limited playing time, Smith has stood out and has two touchdowns on 11 catches on the year. His playing style is just like Walker’s and he will be needed not just in the pass game, but also for blocking purposes.