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When Tampa Bay Has the Ball
There were signs of life from the Tampa Bay Buccaneer offense this past week against the Green Bay Packers, but it was too little, too late, as the Bucs were already losing when their offensive output happened. Either way, it has to be encouraging to see Josh Freeman, LeGarrette Blount and Mike Williams making plays again.
The Tennessee defense is nasty. It won't make mistakes or give up big plays, but Tampa Bay has room to move the ball with Blount and a power run game.
If I'm in Tampa's meeting this week, I would find a way to move the pocket and protect Freeman from a very sound pass rush in Tennessee. This should open up chances in the passing game and create room for cutbacks from Blount.
When Tennessee Has the Ball
We can officially rule out Chris Johnson as an elite running back in the NFL; hell, he's not even a good running back anymore.
Take that into consideration and then remember that Kenny Britt has been out all season, and what the Titans have done on offense is even more impressive.
Damian Williams is emerging, as is Javon Ringer. Another player who looked good Sunday and may see more time this week is quarterback Jake Locker, who relieved an injured Matt Hasselbeck and threw two late touchdowns against Atlanta.
I like Locker in this offense quite a bit. Whether it's Jake or Matt at quarterback, Tennessee's game-planning is always solid.
Prediction: Tennessee 17, Tampa Bay 13