Archive for September, 2008

Total Titans’ all-time franchise team: FB

September 30, 2008

As expected, Hall of Famer Earl Campbell defeated fan favorite Eddie George in the battle for the highly coveted all-time franchise team RB spot.
Next up in our series of polls is the unglamorous albeit important FB position.

Albert Haynesworth’s market value just increased again

September 29, 2008

Albert Haynesworth faced a tough test yesterday. Optimists would characterize it as a great opportunity.
Big Albert passed the test with flying colors. He didn’t just take advantage of the opportunity, he took the bull by the horns, tossed it aside like a rag doll and kicked it in the butt.
Albert lined up against two very worthy adversaries and whipped them both. On some plays, he was in the grill of three-time first-team All-Pro Steve Hutchinson, a five-time Pro Bowl selection. When he wasn’t beating Hutchinson, he was taking on center Matt Birk, who as a six-time Pro Bowler, isn’t exactly a slouch. And on some plays, he took on both of them and beat their double-team efforts. (more…)

Opportunistic Titans defeat Vikings 30-17

September 28, 2008

Turnovers often decide the outcome of competitive football games. Today was no exception, as four Viking miscues led to three Titan touchdowns in Tennessee’s 30-17 win over the Norsemen.
With the win, the Titans are now 4-0 for the first time in franchise history.
My thoughts on the game, after the jump.

Titans v Vikings Inactives and Gameday Thread

September 28, 2008

No surprises on the inactive list for today’s game for the Titans:
WR Lavelle Hawkins
DE William Hayes
RB Chris Henry
LB Stanford Keglar
OT Mike Otto
DT Kevin Vickerson
WR Paul Williams
QB Vince Young
Here are the Viking inactives:
QB John David Booty
LB Vinny Ciurciu
Jeff Dugan
DE Ray Edwards
CB Marcus McCauley
OL Drew Radovich
FB Thomas Tapeh
S Madieu Williams
NFL Network has also reported that RB Adrian Peterson is inactive, but, per the link, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Please also use this thread for your gameday comments.

Player Game Analysis: LT Michael Roos v the Texans

September 27, 2008

As promised, here’s the first entry in what I plan to be a weekly series looking at how a key Titan fared in the previous week’s game. For this inaugural feature, I chose LT Michael Roos. In short, I was pretty pleased, but I’ll put all the commentary after the jump so as not to take away from the focus on tomorrow’s game against the Vikings.

Vikings questions for Total Titans

September 27, 2008

Thanks again to Anthony Hall. the lead writer at MVN’s Vikings site, Vikings War Cry for participating in this question and answer exchange wit Total Titans. Yesterday, I posted my questions for him, along with his answers. Following are his questions to me, with my answers.
Vikings War Cry: The Titans have started the season 3-0, and their stock seems to be rising quite a bit throughout the league — but how much of their fast start has been a result of their weak schedule?
Total Titans: I respectfully disagree with the “weak schedule” tag. Yes, the Titans did face the Bungles in Week Two, but their other two wins were against quality opponents, in Jacksonville and Houston. The Jaguars are one of the most physical teams in the NFL and the Titans outslugged them. The Texans are not a team to be taken lightly and have the talent to beat any team in the league. Hey, they were 8-8 last year and have bolstered their roster with a few solid additions. We’ll face both teams again this year, and the Vikings will also have to face both of them. Vikings fans will find out just how good they are when they face them later this season. (more…)

Standings and Schedule

September 26, 2008

AFC South Standings

Team           W  L
Tennessee      5  0
Indianapolis   3  2
Jacksonville   3  3
Houston        1  4

Week Six:
Titans — bye
Colts 31, Ravens 3
Jaguars 24, Broncos 17
Texans 29, Dolphins 28
Week Seven:
Tennessee at Kansas City
Indianapolis at Green Bay
Jacksonville — bye
Houston vs Detroit
Tennessee Titans 2008 schedule:
Sep 07 Titans 17, Jaguars 10
Sep 14 Titans 24, Bengals 7
Sep 21 Titans 31, Texans 12
Sep 28 Titans 30, Vikings 17
Oct 05 Titans 13, Ravens 10
Oct 12 Bye
Oct 19 Titans at Kansas City
Oct 27 Titans vs Colts
Nov 02 Titans vs Packers
Nov 09 Titans at Chicago
Nov 16 Titans at Jacksonville
Nov 23 Titans vs Jets
Nov 27 Titans at Detroit
Dec 07 Titans vs Browns
Dec 14 Titans at Houston
Dec 21 Titans vs Steelers
Dec 28 Titans at Indianapolis

Total Titans questions about the Vikings

September 26, 2008

Thanks to Anthony Hall. the lead writer at MVN’s Vikings site, Vikings War Cry. Anthony was kind enough to participate with us in a Q&A exchange. Following are our questions for him, with his answers. Tomorrow, I’ll post his questions to me, with my answers. Enjoy this take on the game from the other side’s point of view.
Total Titans: Steve Hutchinson is the best guard in the league. Albert Haynesworth is the best defensive tackle. They’ll square off against each other Sunday. What are your thoughts on this matchup? To take it a step further, what is your take on the Vikings’ new left tackle and on their great center, Matt Birk? How do they fit into the equation of the Vikes’ o-line vs Titans d-line matchups? (more…)

Titans vs. Vikings: Keys to victory

September 26, 2008

After three consecutive wins against AFC opponents, the Tennessee Titans will go for their fourth victory in a row against their first NFC competitor: the Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikes, who hail from the area known as the Twin Cities, appear to be the Titans’ twin in terms of the way their team is constructed. Both teams have strong defenses, explosive young running backs, and veteran signal-callers who recently replaced younger, more heralded players at the QB position.
Here are my keys to a Titan victory over the Norsemen.

Titans vs Vikings preview

September 26, 2008

I’ve been looking forward to this game for a while. It will be a real test, a real measure, of how good both teams are. Titans and Vikings fans will both have a better appreciation and understanding of how good their teams really are after this one is over.
These teams are so similar. They have a lot of things in common, both personnel-wise and in their philosophies.
The Titans want to run the ball down the oppositions’ throat. They have a good offensive line and a strong 1-2 punch with their running backs. Ditto for the Vikings. (more…)