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:
To say it hasn't been dull around the Titans facility over the last three weeks, could be the understatement of 2010! The soap opera 'As the Titans Turn' has been one twist after another. This makes 'reality tv' wonder why they haven't turned this into a show?
The defense can't stop anyone unless they are creating turnovers and sacks, and they haven't been doing that of late. Hence, the three-game losing streak. The loser of this game will start getting the vocals ready for the fat lady and the 2010 season.
Rusty Smith may be the answer someday but not sure he's ready for this spot just yet. He will WOW you one minute, and then throw a pick the next.
FINAL SCORE: TEXANS 34 TITANS 30
TERRY McCORMICK from TitanInsider:
The Texas are reeling with four losses in a row, but the Titans are struggling as well. The news for Tennessee has been bad all week long. Vince Young is finished for the season at least, leaving rookie Rusty Smith to make his first start. The worst news of the week was the news about offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger's battle with cancer. He will make the calls on Sunday, which is good news.
The Titans need a big game from Chris Johnson and they need the defense to slow down the Texans.
FINAL SCORE: TEXANS 33 TITANS 27
Every week now, we are pleased to have former 'Bookend' Left Tackle from the Oilers/Titans BRAD HOPKINS join Panel Picks. B-Hop is my co-host Monday through Friday on the "Afternoon Pressbox" from Noon till 3:00pm CT on 560AM WNSR. Hopkins was a 1st round pick (13th overall) in 1993. He played 13 seasons making the Pro Bowl twice in 2000 and 2003.
"You know me, the eternal optimist. A fresh, young quarterback could be just what this team needs in order to get back to basics and being sharp. The Texans are playing a familiar role, the role of 'hope dashers'! But I'm excited by what I saw against the Eagles, a big armed QB and more attempts to No.84. Randy's due for a game too."
FINAL SCORE: TITANS 28 TEXANS 24
Our Media member this week is PAUL JONES from WZTV FOX 17.
Paul Jones joined FOX 17 News in August of 2002. For the past eight years, he's been busy covering the Titans and Predators plus the Vols and Vanderbilt and numerous other universities and high schools in and around Nashville. He's a 5-time Emmy Award recipient, including wins for "Best Sportscast" in the Mid-South three out of the past four years. Before coming to Nashville, he worked worked in Indianapolis for two stations. Paul's first on-air experience came in Lubbock, Texas. Prior to that, he spent seven years as a sports producer in Washington D.C. He always prefers good "people" stories.
"The embattled Titans have so much to play for this week. I
think they will rally around their sick offensive coordinator Mike
Heimerdinger and rookie quarterback Rusty Smith to remain in the thick
of the AFC South race. I expect Smith and Randy Moss to hook up early
FINAL SCORE: TITANS 27 TEXANS 17
This week's board member is JAY RICHARDSON. Jay is the official 'Photog Man' for TitanInsider. He has A LOT of pictures that are about to be unveiled for the site. He is a graduate of MTSU, where he shot for their athletics department for six years.
The Titans have a great opportunity to bounce back form the drama filled week provided by Vince Young and coach Jeff Fisher by going on the road against the 32nd ranked pass defense in the league, but with the injuries to VY and Kerry I am not sure I'm fully prepared to put complete faith in a QB conveniently named "Rusty".
The Titans will need to step up as they will be challenged on multiple levels this week. Currently ranked 10th in the league in rush defense, the Titans have done a fair job at stopping the run, and have not allowed a 100-yard rusher all season. That being said, they will certainly be up against a beast this week in Arian Foster who has already rushed for over 1000 yards this season.
With the previous performances of Kyle Orton and Phillip Rivers both being able to throw for over 300 yards against the Titans this season, the play of the Titans secondary becomes even more crucial with the threats of Matt Schaub and his favorite target Andre Johnson. If the Titans plan on gaining a important road win this week they will have to be able to rely on the secondary to hold their own against the Texans receivers so that the linebackers can focus on stopping the rush. Getting the defense off the field and controlling the clock with the ground game of Chris Johnson will be a key to any success the Titans will have this week in Houston.
In the end I am not sure the Titans can contain the offensive threats of the Texans for 4 quarters, and have little opportunity to win this one in a shootout with our current QB situation.
FINAL SCORE: TEXANS 24 TITANS 20
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