Tomorrow night the Titans (3-2) will battle the Jaguars (3-2) at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field in a pivotal game for both teams.
Houston and Indianapolis were both victors this week, so they improved to 4-2 and kept the AFC South division race in at least a two-way tie for 1st place.
Neither Tennessee nor Jacksonville want to be the team that falls a game behind.
One way the Titans can help insure a win by playing better defense.
Last week the Titans beat a now 1-4 Cowboys team and were praised for their defensive effort that helped seal the win in the final minutes. A timeless adage states that “a win is a win is a win,” but Dallas’s offensive statistics were staggering: 406 yards passing, 141 yards rushing and a 6.8-yard-per-play average. The Tennessee defense at this moment deserves no praise.
Titans fans should find no comfort in the Titans’ 3-2 record, especially after such a labored win. A functional team like Indianapolis or Philadelphia (whom the Titans face next week) do not make heaps of mistakes, and they will waste no time in carving the Titans’ defense throughout the game.
And neither will Jacksonville.
John Glennon of the Tennessean’s Titans Insider says that Will Witherspoon will face another tough challenge this week against Jaguars Tight End Marcedes Lewis.
Witherspoon, a free agent signing in the past off-season who already has 23 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble this year, has been an anchor for the Titans defense that ranked 28th in the league in yards allowed last season. Lewis, who stands at 6’6″ and has recorded five touchdown catches in five weeks, will be a tough physical match-up for the 6’1″ Witherspoon.
Aditya Thawardas, Writer and Site Designer for the Music City Miracles blog, has issued his own 5 Keys to a Titans Victory. He insists that Vince Young must be able to create on his own to give Chris Johnson space.
Vince Young completed 12 of 25 passes for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Dallas defense that has allowed the fourth-fewest total yards this year. Young is the team’s difference maker: he has thrown for one TD or less in the team’s two losses.
The difference came from a concerted effort to make defenders respect the pass so that Chris Johnson would not face eight tacklers at the line of scrimmage. The plan worked: Johnson scored twice and posted a 6.9-yard rushing average for the day.
Dre Wells gives the Titans straight-A’s for their special teams performance against Dallas.
SGN Editor Matt Loede believes the Titans will win a close one on Monday night.
Andrew Leigh of Bleacher Report agrees.
Titans Locker thinks it will be the Jags who come away with a win.