Tennessee Titans-San Diego Chargers: Who Is Going to Win and Why?
This week the Tennessee Titans (5-2) go to San Diego (2-5) to take on a team they haven't beat in going on 20 years; however, the last time the Titans...Oilers beat the Chargers, it was a 27-0 shutout.
The last time the teams met, the Chargers won a Christmas night blowout, 42-17. So the last time each team won this game, it resulted in a blowout.
Although there is the possibility of a blowout Sunday, I don't see it happening. The Titans usually take games to the end and milk the clock when they get a lead while San Diego has been playing from behind most of this season.
The Chargers come in Sunday as statistical monsters as most people know boasting the first-ranked passing offense and defense, first ranked overall offense and defense, with a rushing offense and defense ranked 17th and fourth, respectively. Of course, that is yards per game.
When it comes to point per game, the stats don't really line up because the Chargers are completely devastated by a horrible special teams unit and turnovers: 18, the highest in the AFC. The Titans lead the league in interceptions.
The Chargers will come out and try to get their passing game going, which really plays to the Titans' advantage as they are tied with the Chargers for the most sacks in the NFL this year with 25.
Along with the sacks the Titans secondary feeds off of the distressed quarterbacks grabbing 12 interceptions so far this season, with Michael Griffin snatching one in each of the last four games and will more than likely tie the team record by grabbing another in his fifth straight game.
When the Titans aren't sacking the quarterback or snatching interceptions, the Chargers will probably move down the field by passing the ball pretty easily. The only problem is it is all chump yards until they get to the red zone, where the Titans defense has really excelled this season in all facets.
The Titans defense should be able to hold Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles in check as they have a vicious run defense when they need it.
The Titans will come out of the gate firing as well to keep the safeties out of the box so All-Pro running back Chris Johnson can have room to run. It has been an effective strategy every week they have used it, so expect the Titans to go at it again this week. With the emergence of Kenny Britt the Titans passing game can be one of the best or at least most efficient in the league if they try to use it to offset the run.
Kenny Britt being on the field should also keep the box open for CJ and Ringer.
Marc Mariani has made a surge for the Titans return game, and against the Chargers special teams, he should have another great day for the team that has the best average starting field position in the league, the Tennessee Titans.
I feel with the way the Chargers usually come out cold and the Titans ability to milk the clock when they have the lead, all fused with the Chargers turnovers (-7) that Tennessee should be able to win this one as another Chargers rally is cut short.
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