The Titans have won 12 straight games against the NFC and are looking for their 13th. It is the longest active streak in the entire league. A win would move the Titans into a three way tie with the Miami Dolphins who won 13 straight from 1978-1981, and the New Orleans Saints who did it from 1987-1990.
The record since the merger in 1970 is 17 straight by the New England Patriots from 2005-2009.
Whether the Titans will accomplish the feat of moving up that list or not remains to be seen, but here are five questions I had for Redskins featured columnist Brandon Keener about his team after he approached me with the idea of a short interview.
Brandon Griffin: The Eagles really picked apart the Redskins defense on Monday Night. Do you think the Redskins will be able to stop a similar quarterback in Vince Young? What about Chris Johnson and Randy Moss?
Brandon Keener: The Redskins were picked apart because they had to play against a quarterback that you cannot sleep on. If you give Michael Vick an inch he’ll burn you for thirteen yards.
Playing a quarterback like Vince Young is similar to playing someone like Vick but, no disrespect meant by this, Young is not Vick. Young is much bigger and does not have the same quickness and first step Vick does. I think they’ll be able to have a little more success against Young than Vick.
Randy Moss has not impressed me so far, but historically, anyone should be scared of him. I will be candid with you and say Moss and Washington should have a field day against the Redskins' weak secondary.
The one decent thing the Redskins have been able to do so far this season is stuff the run. The best anyone has done against the Skins' defense so far on the ground this season was Joseph Addai of the Colts running for 128 yards.
The Skins' defense keeps running backs under 100 yards, but Chris Johnson is a whole new story.
Let me put it this way, if he was on my fantasy team I’d still play him.
BG: Keiland Williams had a big game last week, but most of it came in “garbage time”. Is he a player that could make a difference in a game without a soft defense?
BK: No. Flat out, Williams is not the future of the backfield in Washington. Ryan Torain was supposed to play last week but the coaches decided against it. Clinton Portis has been working hard to come back. He’s a possibility to split some runs as well but I wouldn’t worry about it too much.
BG: Donovan McNabb has been a top mobile passer for years, much like the Titans are trying to do with Vince Young. How well will he and the offensive line fare against a vicious Titans pass rush?
BK: A good defensive line will not make for a good day for the Redskins. The Lions are an under-rated defensive line and look what happened there. I would anticipate at least five sacks and more than ten hits on McNabb.
This will create a few opportunities for interceptions but I would bet you’ll see a lot of dump passes and screens.
BK: Jay Cutler is a great quarterback with a horrible offensive line. Story of most quarterback’s lives I guess, because Jason Campbell was a good quarterback with a horrible offensive line in Washington, now we see McNabb struggle under the same.
DeAngelo Hall, though, is a feast or famine type player. This week he got burned; see the play against Jeremy Maclin in the second quarter. Other days he’ll make so many plays that he’ll look like a Pro Bowl player. He takes a lot of chances and risks, with that you get rewards or regrets.
BG: Lastly, why will the Washington Redskins win this Sunday, and why will they lose?
BK: Washington will win on Sunday because they have a rested Ryan Torain coming back and that will help the entire team. The defense is going to be working their butts off to hopefully make any improvement they can. I would expect the defense to have watched so much film this week that movie critics would be jealous so Jeff Fisher is going to need to throw a few trick plays in the game-plan to break the mold.
Washington will lose on Sunday because the Titans have great wide receivers that can run marathons around the talent that Washington has in the cornerback position. Chris Johnson will also have some mild success against a stingy Redskins run defense. I’d suspect that he’ll be only the third running back this season to top the century mark.
The Titans main reason for winning though? Their pass rush and Stephen Tulloch.
I would like to thank Brandon Keener for bringing the idea up and here is a link to his article with the five questions he had for me.