Titans need offense to finally shine in Week 17

By Marc Hudgens  |   Tuesday, December 25, 2007  |  Comments( 0 )

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Clearly, defense won Tennessee's 10-6 decision over the New York Jets last week, as Albert Haynesworth, Kyle Vanden Bosch and the gang feasted on one of the worst offenses in the NFL. The Titans' defensive prowess is nothing new, but this week's game against 13-2 Indianapolis will require Tennessee's 'O' to show up.

Vince Young and his squad will have to shore up a lot because the key to a win over Indy is indeed on their shoulders. Why is that? Well, when your fifth-ranked ground attack only scores one touchdown and grinds out a so-so 127 yards on 37 attempts against the 29th-ranked rushing 'D' in the league, that should raise huge red flags, Particularly if you consider yourself a run-first team.

Given these facts, what do you think is going to happen when this same highly ranked rushing offense faces the No. 3 defense in the NFL? Certainly Indy's defense is nowhere near as good against the run as it is the pass, but it only allows about 108 yards a game. This same 'Colts rush defense held Pro Bowl starter LaDainian Tomlinson to 76 rushing yards on 3.6 yards a touch, which is about a yard shy of his average. It also shut down Baltimore's Willis McGahee, limiting him to 45 rushing yards and no scores. If the Colts' run 'D' can stop Tomlinson and McGahee, what makes you think the group can't stop LenDale White?

Open things up with a passing game? Forget it. The Titans' aerial offense has a quarterback who's thrown far more picks than scores and receivers who have a knack for dropping throws; they'll be going up against the top-ranked pass defense in the NFL.

Call this typical columnist pessimism, but looking back over this past season, Tennessee's offense has been horrid. Therefore, it stands to reason that Indy's defense will stop Tennessee cold. Expect to see a lot of three-and-outs and turnovers for the Titans, and their defense will be worn out soon after the second-half begins. The only chance Tennessee has against Indy is if the Colts play a lot of backups, thereby saving their starters for the playoff berth they clinched.

The big hubbub in Nashville is that Cleveland's loss last week makes for Tennessee controlling its own destiny, which sounds good on the surface. But the thing about controlling your own destiny is that you have no one to blame but yourself if you fail to get there. In the end, don't be surprised if the 9-6 Titans fall on their faces and miss the playoffs.
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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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