Kenny Britt: Tennessee Titans WR Vital to Week 4 Win over Houston Texans

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 28, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 25:  Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titans spins out of a tackle by Rahim Moore #26 of the Denver Broncos  during the first half at LP Field on September 25, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The Houston Texans are one of the best defenses in the NFL, and the Tennessee Titans must have their star receiver on the field if they want any chance to win.

Britt is being listed as questionable, per's injury report, but he is expected to play this Sunday despite the fact that he hasn't practiced all week.

With a 1-2 record and a tough schedule ahead of them, it will be all-hands-on-deck moving forward if they want a shot at the playoffs this season.

Here's why the Titans need their best receiver on the field this Sunday.



Since a dominant 2009 season that saw him run for over 2,000 yards, Johnson hasn't been the same back. Sure, he's broken the 1,000-yard mark each of the last two seasons, but he isn't picking up the same consistent yardage and breaking big plays like he used to.

So far this season, that trend is continuing, as Johnson has been non-existent for the Titans offense.

The running back formerly known as "CJ2K" has run the ball 33 times for a dreadful 45 yards through three games. As a whole, the Titans rushing attack is ranked dead-last in the NFL.

So, clearly, the rushing attack won't help the Titans win this weekend, which leaves Tennessee needing every passing attack weapon they have, Britt included.


Texans Defense

Putting aside the fact that the Titans rushing attack isn't relevant at the moment, they will have even more of a nightmare scenario in trying to score on the Texans' elite defense.

Houston is ranked fourth and fifth in the NFL against the pass and run, respectively. There's no doubt even the most talented offensive teams will have a tough time scoring on Houston, let alone an offense in Tennessee that is one-dimensional.

If the Titans plan on scoring any points at all this week, it will most likely be through the air, and that will be a lot tougher without Britt on the field.



The Titans are enjoying the 10th-best passing attack in the NFL going into Week 4 and not having Britt on the field consistently is a testament to Tennessee's depth at the receiver position.

Receivers like Nate Washington and rookie Kendall Wright have stepped up the past few weeks. Combined with tight ends Jared Cook and Craig Stevens both making contributions this season, Jake Locker has a great receiving corps to throw to.

Adding Britt to the mix would be a matchup nightmare for the Texans.

Houston will have to plan for a passing attack that has a ton of weapons, and that will help spread the field for Locker, creating more space for his receivers to get open.