Game Overview ::
By mike johnson >>
- Both offenses should be licking their chops entering this week, as the opposing defense’s clear weakness is in their preferred method of attack.
- The Titans are reeling as they have lost three straight games, the last two of which have been by 2+ touchdowns.
- The Chargers have not won consecutive games since Weeks 4-6 and last week’s win over the Dolphins was their first over a team that currently has a winning record.
- These teams could not possibly be more different in terms of offensive approach and philosophy.
How tennessee Will Try To Win ::
The Titans appeared to be strolling through their season to another easy AFC South crown and high playoff seed until the wheels came off over the last three weeks. Now sitting at 7-6, the Titans have opened the door for the Jaguars (who they play one more time) and will almost certainly end up as the bottom seed of the division winners if they are able to hold on. The biggest issue for the Titans during this down stretch has been their pass defense, which was absolutely shredded by Jalen Hurts and Trevor Lawrence the last two weeks. Likewise, the Titans prefer a run-heavy approach, and their personnel needs positive game scripts to be effective, so their struggling defense has made it nearly impossible for them to control games lately.
Luckily for the Titans, their offense has the perfect matchup this week. The Chargers defense is ranked 32nd in the NFL in yards per carry allowed to opposing running backs and 28th in the NFL in PFF tackling grade. The Titans will almost certainly look to lean heavily on Derrick Henry in this matchup and pummel the Chargers on the ground. The emergence of rookie tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo should also increase the amount of two tight end personnel the Titans deploy early in this game as they look to get their best players on the field and use heavy packages to attack the Chargers weakness. Henry was on track for a monster game last week before the game script got away from the Titans, and he only received a few second-half carries. Henry had a 200-yard game on the ground earlier this season against the Texans run defense that is similarly inept to the Chargers, and we should expect the Titans coaching staff to give him every chance to do something similar this week.
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