Archive for December, 2008

Why were the Tennessee Titans better in 2008? Let me count the ways

December 31, 2008

Coming off of a 10-6 record and a playoff appearance in 2007, the Tennessee Titans were looking to attain bigger and better things in 2008. 

Contrary to the dire predictions handed out by the so-called media experts, the Titans ended the 08 regular season with an impressive list of accomplishments: a division crown, the league’s best record and for the icing on the cake, homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs (Take that, Peter King!).

Let’s take a look at some of the main reasons behind the regular season success of the 2008 Tennessee Titans.


Reasons why Albert Haynesworth will or will not re-sign with the Titans

December 30, 2008

There are several good reasons why Albert Haynesworth may re-sign with the Tennessee Titans and there are also several good reasons why he may not. Let’s examine some of the pros and cons.
Why Big Al will re-sign with Tennessee:


Titans prepare for postseason play

December 29, 2008

Now that the Titans have finished the regular season with a franchise-best 13-3 record, we can now look forward to the playoffs. As the number one seed in the AFC, Tennessee will host the lowest remaining seed after the wildcard round. If Baltimore beats Miami, the Titans will host the Ravens on Saturday, January 10. If Miami beats Baltimore, the Titans get the winner of the San Diego-Indianapolis game.
No matter which of those three teams the Titans will play, it will be a quality opponent which is on a roll. Baltimore has a terrific defense, which kept the Titans out of the end zone for 58 minutes in October. The Ravens have won five of their last six games, losing only a close one to number two seed Pittsburgh.


Battle of the backups: Colts defeat Titans 23-0

December 28, 2008

In their anti-climactic preseason regular season finale, the Tennessee Titans were shutout by the Indianapolis Colts in a 23-0 snooze-fest.

The “battle” resembled a preseason matchup as both teams rested their starters for the majority of the game. The Colts dominated the time of possession and even resorted to an onside-kick with a 10-0 lead in their quest to give players such as Marvin Harrison and Dallas Clark the opportunity to set single-season/career marks.

As for the Titans, Kerry Collins and the majority of the Titans’ starters were on the bench after the team’s first series or two.

More thoughts on the Tennessee Titans’ final regular season game, after the jump.


Titans vs. Colts: Gameday/Inactives

December 28, 2008

Here are this week’s inactives:

#12 WR Justin Gage
#20 CB Nick Harper
#28 RB Chris Johnson
#50 LB David Thornton
#68 Kevin Mawae
#92 DT Albert Haynesworth
#93 DE Kyle Vanden Bosch
#98 DE Dave Ball

#21 S Bob Sanders
#33 DB Melvin Bullitt
#38 RB Dominic Rhodes
#54 LB Freddy Keiaho
#58 LB Gary Brackett
#68 DT Eric Foster
#93 DE Dwight Freeney
#98 DE Robert Mathis
Use this thread to post your in-game thoughts.

Titans vs. Colts: Players to watch

December 26, 2008

What a difference a year makes.

In 2007’s season finale, the Tennessee Titans were fighting for a playoff spot as they visited the Indianapolis Colts. This year, the stakes surrounding the season-ender against their division rival are significantly lower.

With a birth in the postseason already secured, the Titans will be looking to rest their starters as they prepare for a home playoff game in a couple of weeks. As a result, several Titan backups will get to exchange their clipboards and seats on the bench for some long-awaited playing time.

I’ll be keeping my eyes on the following Titan reserves this weekend.


Previewing Tennessee at Indianapolis, Week Seventeen

December 25, 2008

There’s not much at stake here for either team, except for momentum going into postseason play. Whether the Titans win or lose, they’ll be the number one seed in the AFC playoffs. Whether Indy wins or loses, they’ll be the fifth seed. Neither team can improve their seeding, nor can they lose any ground if they lose this game. With that being the case, both teams will be resting a lot of players.
Vince Young will play this week for the Titans. Kerry Collins might play a quarter or even the first half, before VY takes over. Leroy Harris will get his first career start to let Kevin Mawae rest his elbow. I won’t be surprised if the Titans use that opportunity to activate Mike Otto for the first time, letting him play some special teams and maybe even giving him some playing time at tackle. Dan Loper will probably get some playing time somewhere on the line.


Travis LaBoy/Antwan Odom: The Titans hardly miss ya!

December 23, 2008

Do the names Travis LaBoy and Antwan Odom ring a bell?

It was just last March when the former Tennessee Titan defensive ends decided that the grass (and the money) was greener in other NFL cities. LaBoy packed his bags for the Arizona desert while Odom was signed to be the centerpiece of an underwhelming Cincinnati defensive line.

Meanwhile, the Tennessee Titans lost two players who accounted for 14 sacks in 2007 and were faced with the prospect of replacing them with a combination of youngsters, journeymen and a player formerly known as the Freak.

We’re near the conclusion of the 2008 season and it’s pretty clear that the Titans got the proverbial better end of this bargain.


Monday reflections on Titans-Steelers and more

December 22, 2008

They said a great defense would show up on Sunday, but the wrong one did. The defense which led the league in several categories, including the most important one — scoring defense, couldn’t stop the Titans.
The Steelers defense hadn’t allowed a 300-yard game yet this year, but the Titans ended that streak, gaining 323. The team which formerly was best in the league in points allowed is now second, after the Titans put 31 points on the scoreboard.


Kings of the AFC: Titans defeat Steelers 31-14

December 21, 2008

The AFC road to the Super Bowl will go through Nashville.

The Tennessee Titans clinched home-field advantage with a statement 31-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Led by an efficient showing by QB Kerry Collins and an Albert Haynesworth-like effort from rookie DE/DT Jason Jones, the Titans scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to seal the victory.

More thoughts on today’s monumental Titan victory, after the jump.