Terry and I will make our predictions about the upcoming Titans game. Also, we will invite a former player, a member of the media, and a TitanInsider board member to participate.
Darren McFarland from TitanInsider:
Jeff Fisher has NEVER beat the San Diego Chargers! In fact, it's the only team in the NFL that he doesn't have a win over. The Titans have lost 7 straight to the Chargers, and haven't won out in San Diego since 1990.
With all that being said, chalk this one up as 'I have a funny feeling game'. History obviously tells me this is a stupid pick but with the bye week lurking I think this coaching staff is going to use many tactics behind the scenes to motivate these guys to head into the break at 6-2.
The Chargers have the #1 offense and defense in the league but are 2-5. They are really banged up at wide receiver and tight end. They don't run the ball particularly well and turn the ball over way too much. Vince Young is likely to be the starter and the Titans drive down the field on the first drive of the game and put points on the board like they've done all year on the road. They will keep their unbeaten streak on the road (4-0) alive.
FINAL SCORE: TITANS 24 CHARGERS 20
Terry McCormick from TitanInsider:
It is make or break for the Chargers and the Titans have never had any luck against them.
FINAL SCORE: CHARGERS 24 TITANS 20
Every week now, we are pleased to have former 'Bookend' Left Tackle from the Oilers/Titans Brad Hopkins join Panel Picks. B-Hop and I will be doing a Mon.-Fri.sports talk show together from noon till 3pm on 560AM WNSR.
Both teams have health issues but the Titans have momentum and Chargers have no motivation.
FINAL SCORE: TITANS 21 CHARGERS 17
This week we have asked former WIDE RECEIVER, CHRIS SANDERS to join the Panel Picks. There are only three wide receivers in franchise history that have caught touchdown passes in at least five consecutive games; Bill Groman (8 in 1961), Kenny Britt (5 currently) and Chris Sanders (5 in 1995).
Chris is currently the wide receivers coach at Montgomery Bell Academy.
These are Chris' Keys to the Game:
1) Get the running game established early.
2) Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, and Damian Williams must win the one on one battles outside.
3) Offensive line must protect Vince young (if He plays) from early hits.
4) Must score early, so the crowd noise won’t be a factor.
5) Defense must put pressure on Phillip Rivers “early”.
San Diego Chargers:
1) Keep crowd in the game at all times!
2) Contain Chris Johnson and Kenny Britt.
3) Don’t give up the big play.
4) MUST SCORE EARLY!
5) Eliminate turnovers on offense.
6) Protect Philip Rivers from the Titans front 4 and blitzes.
7) Get turnovers on defense.
8) Don’t let Kenny Britt break Chris Sanders record (smile)
FINALSCORE: TITANS 24 CHARGERS 17
Our Media member this week is Steve Gill. "The Steve Gill Show" can be heard from 5-8am CT, every morning on 1510 WLAC. I join his show every Monday morning from 7-7:30 am (shameless plug) to talk Titans and football from the weekend. These are a few things you can find on Steve's website about him.
From the front court on the basketball team at the University of Tennessee to the front lawn of the White House, Steve Gill is the essence of real Americana. Gill, a former White House Fellow, U.S. international trade official, attorney, college professor, international businessman and son of an Air Force fighter pilot, has seen the many faces of America. He has lived in over a dozen cities from Anchorage to Miami.
Steve has received numerous AIR (Achievement in Radio) Awards, including Best Talk Host in Nashville, and has twice received recognition as a Hero of the Taxpayers from Americans for Tax Reform for his leadership in opposing a state income tax in Tennessee. Steve has been the Chief Political Analyst for WKRN News 2 (ABC) in Nashville. He also makes frequent appearances as a political commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets in the U.S. and abroad and is a regular columnist for www.pajamasmedia.com. In 2008, Steve wrote The Fred Factor: How Fred Thompson May Change the ’08 Election.
The Titans don't usually handle West Coast trips very well,but these Titans are so unpredictable that the past is no predictor. So using the Costanza method of going against what SHOULD happen (a miserable lackluster performance by a team that looks confused and out of sync) I am going with what WILL happen...a critical road win against an even more hapless opponent. Turnovers by the Chargers give the win to the Titans.
FINAL SCORE: TITANS 24 CHARGERS 17
This week we took a few predictions from the board and 247sports STAFF member Kevin Ryan had this to say:
I think the trip to the West Coast hurts. I think San Diego found themselves a bit in the loss to the Patriots. The Chargers can move the ball and have a good defense. Chargers are backed into a corner for a must-win, and the Titans might be feeling a little bit too good about themselves heading into the game.
Tennessee's QB uncertainty doesn't help, so ........
FINAL SCORE: CHARGERS 24 TITANS 20
missknowitall weighed in too on the game:
If the Titans are ever going to win in San Diego, the time is now with San Diego reeling and baffled why. Titans finally win!
FINAL SCORE: TITANS 31 CHARGERS 27
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