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Monday, October 18, 2010

MNF: Tennessee Titans Perspective

Players to Watch

Kenny Britt- Vince Young tends to spread the ball around on offense despite not throwing for more than 200 yards in a game this year. This sophomore receiver and former 1st round pick however has three touchdowns in his last three games and looks to continue building a relationship with his QB and develop into a #1 receiver for the Titans.

Jason Jones- In only his 3rd year this DT has established himself as an integral part of a ferocious Titan’s pass and rush defense. Jones had two Tony Romo sacks last week against the Cowboys and has 6 tackles for a loss already on the season. Look for him to make sure MJD cannot find daylight running up the middle.

Vince Young- He won’t be going to any pro bowls based on his stats alone, but Young is a very effective QB for the Titans. The Jaguars defense will have enough on their hands trying to contain Chris Johnson so look for Young to use his arm and his legs to take advantage of a weak Jaguars defense.

Key Matchup

Chris Johnson vs. the Jag’s Linebackers- Chris Johnson is on pace for roughly the same amount of carries this year as last year, yet his production is significantly less as he is only averaging 4.3 ypc. I believe one reason for such a drop off is Johnson has not been included in the passing game. Last year he had over 500 yards receiving, and right now he is on pace for only 125 yards this season. Defenses are stacking against the run when they see him in the backfield, and the Titans need to keep opposing defenses honest and get Johnson more involved in the passing game. Look for Titans to do just that vs. the Jaguars and it will be interesting to see if Jacksonville’s linebackers are prepared for such a game plan.

Why the Titans Will Win- Both teams are great at running the ball and struggle passing the ball. I expect to see a very high scoring game, and both star running backs will set the tone with big gains. The Titans defense overall is superior, and I would take Vince Young and Chris Johnson over David Garrard and Maurice Jones-Drew so pencil in Tennessee for the win.

Final Score- Titans 34, Jaguars 27

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