Titans v. Colts Preview

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Hello Titans fans. Well it’s been a while. Recently my time has turned to ash. But alas I am back and what I have to say will rock your world. I love the Titans right now. First, the Monday night game. It was brilliant. The defense was great and Mariota turned into the new Mr. Monday night. Plus it was great to see Jerry Jones and is obnoxious family lose. It was a great victory, but at the time I was thinking what does this mean? The Cowboy’s are not a very good team, and the Titans have a habit of looking good one week, then laying an egg the next. I thought well maybe if they can look good against the Patriots then I could believe they are moving in the right direction.

In the stunner of the decade they not only looked good, they completely dismantled New England. I honestly thought they had no chance and I am still stunned. That game may have been the most thorough victory the team has had since 2008. I could not be happier for the team. Really every player looked great, especially Corey Davis and Adoree Jackson.

I think coaching obviously made a tremendous difference. The offense appeared creative and was aggressive. They never slowed down. If Mularkey was still around the team would have run the ball eighty times in the second half, and allow the Patriots to comeback. The defensive coaching was also amazing. As a whole the defense has been light-out all season. Last Sunday was obviously no difference. Like the offense, they were aggressive and they never let up. They made Tom Brady’s ass quit. Not a lot of teams have done that.

So yes, it was an amazing game. But here we are again. The Titans have looked really good, but will it continue? The franchise history and the way things went down after the Eagles game gives me some trepidation. Additionally, this week they play the Colts, and the Titans have never beaten Andrew Luck. That is simply a stunning stat. Luck was drafted in 2012.

When looking at the game on paper the Titans have the more talented team. The Colts have a lot of holes due to years of roster mismanagement. However, Luck has the ability to overcome the garbage roster and make them competitive in every game. As much as I do not want to like him, he is simply one of the best players in the league.

So what do the Titans have to do? Well the obvious thing, make Luck uncomfortable. Like they did to Brady, they need to get after him and confuse him. The Colt’s pass protection has been much better recently, so that will be difficult. The edge rushers are really going to have to show up. Furthermore, the Colts heavily feature their tight ends. I would imagine that Brown will cover Ebron, but it would not surprise me if they put a safety on him. The defense is simply going to have to play lights-out again.

As for the offense, they need to stay aggressive. The Colts defense is not great, so they should fair well. If they go out and play like trash there is not excuse. I hope they try to get Davis involved early. That seemed to help a lot last week. Furthermore, I can see them featuring Lewis a lot early in an attempt to slow the game down. By doing this they can take the ball out of Luck’s hands. However, they may have to score at least thirty to win.

I think the Titans should win this game. But the team has been so up and down I really do not know what to expect. I am cautiously optimistic. But like every Titans fan, I hate the Colts and would love nothing more than to get this Andrew Luck monkey off the team’s back. So I am really hoping for a win. Let’s go Titans and until next time keep those thumbtacks flaming.

Titans v. Cowboys Preview

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Hello Titans fans. It has been a while. The bye week has come and gone as has the trade deadline. Since the crushing defeat in London the team really has not done much. They failed make a move at the trade deadline, which has left me somewhat perplexed. They did however resign Jalston Fowler. While obtaining Fowler was not necessary a blockbuster move, I do like it. I thought he played great last year and was really disappointed when they cut him. I think he can help the run game. Additionally, he’s a decent pass catcher so maybe they looked to get him involved in the passing game.

I will say I was disappointed by the teams lack to aggression around the trade deadline. I would have really liked a receiver. Obviously they tried, but it’s still disheartening that they could not make anything happen.

Well we have to move on with the mediocre offense that they have and the next stop is Dallas. The team has had a bad losing streak and they are going in to what might be a must win game. I am very curious to see what the offense will look like. I have heard that during the bye week the team did a lot of self scouting and are looking to make some changes, the rumor is that they are going to use more of a power run scheme. I am not sure how effective that could be considering how bad the line and the running backs have been. But really who has played well on the offense this year? Any changes should be welcomed.

They are going to have difficult task on Monday night. Dallas has a good defense, so yards are going to be hard to come by. Their pass rush is especially good, and if they can get to Mariota early it could be a long game. There really is not too much to say. Every player needs to perform better because right now they have one of the worst offenses in the league.

As for the defense, they really need to focus on stopping Elliott. I think Prescott is an overrated passer and if they can force the game into his hands I like the Titans chances. They are going to try to get Cooper involved early, but I question how good he really is. He’s definitely not give up a first round pick good. I think Jackson can shut him down. However, knowing the Titans luck I would not be surprised to see Cooper burn Butler for a long touchdown. Anyway I have faith in the Titans defense. I think they will do enough to win. Therefore, everything will depend on if the offense can finally get it together. Unfortunately at this point they have shown nothing to make me think they can, but anything can happen on Monday night.

Well Titans fans, enjoy the game. It should be interesting. Until next time keep those thumbtacks flaming.