Cardinals vs. Titans: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More
The second-to-last game of the preseason is usually the most telling. Starters usually stay in the game for three quarters, giving the coaches a final long look at position battles.
Both of these teams had quarterback controversies heading into the preseason. Tennessee has settled that by naming Jake Locker as the starter. The Cardinals still must make a decision between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton.
This game will go a long way in deciding their fates.
Where: LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.
When: Thursday, August 23 at 8 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL Preseason Live
Listen: KTAR 92.3 FM (Phoenix, Arizona) and WGFX 104.5 FM (Nashville, Tennessee)
Betting Line: Tennessee (-3.5) via Bovada
What's At Stake?
Since we are still in the preseason, there is nothing at stake with the final score. However, that does not mean the players will not be trying hard.
Many position battles will be at stake for both teams while fringe players will be struggling just to make the team.
The most important storyline will be the quarterback competition for the Cardinals between John Skelton and Kevin Kolb. Skelton will get the start, but Kolb should see plenty of action as well.
With only one more preseason game for each team, it is now or never for these players to make their mark.
What They're Saying
While the quarterback competition in Arizona is the coaches' decision, Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Tommy Kelly had his opinion after the last game. According to AZCentral.com, he called Kevin Kolb "scared."
Kolb fired back, telling the same website (via Mercury News), "Scared? Scared of what? Taking a hit? I have never been afraid of anyone on the field. That includes No. 93 (Kelly)."
The Titans, on the other hand, have now settled their quarterback situation and it already seems like they have made the right decision with Jake Locker. He told ESPN:
It's really cool. It's something I'm proud of, but it's not going to change my approach on how I practice or my preparation for a game. That will still all be the same, but it is cool to be given this opportunity.
Key Injuries - Arizona Cardinals
LB Paris Lenon (Ankle) - Quest.
RB Beanie Wells (Knee) - Quest.
Key Injuries - Tennessee Titans
LB Gerald McRath (Knee) - Out for Season
DB Jordan Babineaux (Shoulder) - Quest.
Cardinals Player to Watch: John Skelton
Skelton performed well in his only series last game against the Raiders. He finished 3-for-3 with a touchdown, but that was an extremely small sample size.
Against the Titans, Skelton should get his chance to shine.
Last season, the two quarterbacks had very similar stats, but Skelton's 14 interceptions to Kolb's eight is something that should concern the coaching staff. The big man needs to show he can make better decisions when the game is on the line.
Titans Player to Watch: Jake Locker
There are other players in this game besides the quarterbacks, but once again this position is the most important on the field for this squad.
Locker will be the starter in the regular season, but he struggled against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his previous game. He only completed four of his 11 passes for 21 yards and an interception.
He should get a lot of playing time in this game as he tries to work out all of the kinks before the games start to matter.
Key Matchup: Cardinals O-Line vs. Titans D-Line
The Titans were second to last in the league last season with only 28 sacks, but already seem improved in the preseason. The team added Kamerion Wimbley and he should also help the talented Derrick Morgan get his career started.
It should be easy for them against one of the weakest offensive lines in the NFL. The Cardinals gave up 54 sacks in 2011, one behind the Rams for the most in the league.
The unit also allowed four sacks in the last preseason game against the Raiders.
If the offensive line does not improve, it will not matter who is at quarterback.
Titans 24, Cardinals 13
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