Owners of Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer, and Tom Brady should strongly consider "new" Titans starting QB Vince Young in an exceptionally favorable matchup. The emotional V.Y. will have the backing of the Nashville crowd while facing Jacksonville's No. 31 pass defense.
The Jags allow an average of two passing TDs per game, have generated an NFL-low five sacks, and lack the speed at outside linebacker to contain Young as he drifts outside the pocket and looks to scramble.
There's next to no rain or wind in the LP Field forecast, and temps will be in the 60s.
Young is an intriguing stand-alone option, but his inaccuracy may hurt receivers Justin Gage, Nate Washington, and Kenny Britt. V.Y. is not aggressive going downfield and has a poor career completion rate of 56.9...
The Titans' tight ends might be better bets—if they had one worth using. Instead, Bo Scaife, Alge Crumpler, and Jared Cook rotate evenly...Chris Johnson should return from Tennessee's Week Seven bye with fresher legs than ever, which is a scary thought. The Jags play the run well, but Johnson will be the centerpiece of Tennessee's offense from here on out.
Tennessee's secondary is getting healthy. Nickel back Vincent Fuller is off the injury report after missing four weeks with a broken arm, and CBs Cortland Finnegan and Nick Harper appear likely to play. This is still a favorable matchup for David Garrard; the Titans' DBs were never very good in the first place...
In the aforementioned warm and clear weather, it's also a choice setup for Mike Sims-Walker. MSW's main man-on will likely be Finnegan, who was overaggressive early in the year before straining a hamstring. This is his first game back, and he may not be 100 percent.
As the Titans' pass defense crumbled leading into their Week Seven bye, so did their front seven. They're now barely a Top-10 unit in run defense. Maurice Jones-Drew will be looking for redemption after managing just 40 total yards and a score on nine touches in his last meeting with Tennessee. The Jags, also coming off a bye, will look to establish the run first...After Sims-Walker, Torry Holt appears to be the second-best bet for receiving yards on either side in this game. "Big Game" still hasn't scored all year, but has 196 yards in his last two performances. He's a WR3.