Tennessee Titans Talking Title
This season, the Titans have raced to the best record through eight weeks in franchise history and has some people thinking "Division Champs". And unlike past AFC juggernauts who've accomplished this feat like the Colts or the Patriots, they're not doing it by running up the score with a high powered offense. There's no Pro-Bowl quarterback, no group of acrobatic receivers and most importantly no undue hype.
What the Titans have is even more intimidating. They currently have the fourth ranked defense in the league, allowing 275 yards per game. They are a turnover machine, tied with the Tampa Bay Bucs for second in the league in interceptions with eight. They've also proven that they can make plays in the clutch, with two of their starting DB's holding four interceptions a piece.
But even if you throw the stats away, you can't deny their defensive toughness. They are an all around solid unit, showing composure and the ability to work as a whole to keep opposing offenses from getting into a rhythm and more importantly, winning games.
The Titans rushing attack is the other source of their success. The offensive line seems to have jelled in the off season, and has allowed them to run the ball an average of 34.3 times per game. They have arguably the best two back tandem in the NFL in rookie Chris Johnson and third year back LenDale White, averaging 145 yards per game, and 4.3 per carry.
Johnson has performed admirably for a rookie, managing 626 yards and four TD's while splitting time with White. As the season grinds on, Johnson has already begun to receive more of the workload, while White has taken the roll of goal-line and change of pace back. Johnson has been proficient between the 20's, while showing the ability to break big runs and make plays.
This week they face the Green Bay Packers who rank 25th in the NFL against the run, and that has to have the Titans chomping at the bit. They know that they still have a long way to go, and with upcoming matches against the Jags and Steelers and a season-ending grudge match with the Colts their work is far from done. But with some blood, sweat and just a little luck, they may be well on their way to another AFC South title. And maybe more.
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