X factors for the Titans vs. the Bengals: Linebacker, Harold Landry III
With 12 total sacks, 74 combined tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and 22 QB hits – we have a hard time believing that Harold Landry III shouldn’t have been a Pro Bowler. Although we could spend the next few minutes ripping voters for getting this one wrong, we have other things to focus on.
Stopping Joe Burrow will be nearly impossible. It isn’t because the Titans aren’t a stout defense but mainly because no one has been able to slow Burrow down all year long.
If the Titans want any chance in this one, they’ll need to get a ton of pressure on the MVP candidate and Landry is the only one equipped to do so. Not only did his 12 sacks lead Tennessee but no one else on the roster managed to get double-digits. Landry will be forced to fight through double teams, but he should be accustomed to doing that at this point.
If Burrow is given all day in the pocket, he’ll slice and dice the Titans’ defense. If, however, Landry can make him hit the dirt a few times, Burrow could become antsy and make a few erratic throws.