Titans continue to suffer without Haynesworth

By Marc Hudgens  |   Tuesday, November 20, 2007  |  Comments( 0 )

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There are few defensive linemen in the NFL who can disrupt an offensive line like Tennessee's Albert Haynesworth. This past Monday was the second consecutive game the big tackle has missed because a hamstring injury, and it cost the Titans -- who were beaten 34-20 by Denver -- again.

During the first eight games the season, when Haynesworth was in the trenches, the Titans gave up an average of 15.5 points a game. The most points an opponent scored on Tennessee was 36, which was racked up by Houston; still, the Titans managed to pull out a 38-36 win. Take out Houston's 36-point afternoon, and the average against Tennessee drops to 12.5.

The previous two opponents -- Jacksonville and Denver -- capitalized on Haynesworth's absence, scoring 28 and 34 points, respectively. With each of these two teams racking up 166 rushing yards apiece on the No. 4 run defense in the league, it's clear the defense's problem is the lack of Haynesworth.

Tennessee, at 6-4, has no timetable on how long Haynesworth's right hamstring ailment will take to heal, so it's sketchy at best how the team will fare the rest of the season. Sans their best defender, it will be interesting to see what happens when the Titans play at Cincinnati, which averages 24 points per game, this weekend.

If Haynesworth doesn't return, expect the Bengals' high-octane offense to have a field day against a Tennessee team that won't generate any pressure, thus leading to its iffy secondary being picked apart.
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About Marc Hudgens

Marc Hudgens has been with RealFootball365 since 2007, covering college football, specifically Clemson and Oregon. He also writes for SouthernPigskin.com covering the ACC. He enjoys the acidic wit of Hunter S. Thompson, is a freelance graphic designer and has written several screenplays. He...
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