Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Tennessee Titans helmet with a heads up decal on back of the helmet during game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
With the Raiders playing the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, we took the time to talk with Joshua Huffman, the editor of the Tennessee Titans fan blog Titan Sized and a project manager at Pro Football Spot about the Titans.
Here are his answers and make sure to check out Titan Sized for all of your Tennessee Titans news on Fansided.
1. Ryan Fitzpatrick looked solid on Thursday Night Football against the Colts. What does he have to do to continue that play and finish with a win in Oakland?
Play better during the fourth quarter. Whenever it’s a one-possession game with a quarter left, Fitzpatrick evolves into a turnover machine. He needs help from his supporting cast. No dropped passes, no fumbles, no poor offensive line protection, no special teams miscues that keep setting this team back inside their own 10-yard-line.
2. The Titans have really hurt their cause in recent weeks in regards to the AFC Wild Card. Do you feel there is still hope left for the Titans, and for the Raiders, who are sitting at 4-6? Is this a must win game?
Maybe if 8-8 can get the No. 6 seed. It’s hard to see any of the 4-6 finishing with anything better than that. The Jets and Dolphins (5-5) are no locks to finish with anything better than 3-3. After Oakland, Tennessee has road games with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos. The Raiders still have games with the Broncos, Chiefs and Chargers.
A definite no for Oakland. Maybe a two-percent chance for Tennessee. There’s some bad football in this conference though. Who knows.
3. Which player on Oakland’s roster do you believe has the potential to hurt the Titans the most on Sunday?
Rashad Jennings. The Titans let Colts No. 2 running back Donald Brown run for 80 yards on 14 carries. Since Moise Fokou left the starting lineup with an injury, none of the linebackers have performed well in run defense. Colin McCarthy keeps finding himself out of position. Even when he’s in position to make a play, he misses the tackle. The Titans can’t let Jennings get off to a fast start.
4. Which player on Tennessee’s roster do you believe has the potential to hurt the Raiders the most on Sunday?
Alterraun Verner. Verner is the opportunistic cornerback who could bait an inexperienced Matt McGloin into a game-changing interception. Jason McCourty is another great cornerback on the other side of the field.
5. Lastly, a final prediction. Who is going to win on Sunday?
Most Titans fans are feeling down about the team. Not down enough to predict a loss here. The problem is that Oakland is better than they’re given credit for. Both teams have the same problem: which team will show up?
The best Titans team should beat the best Raiders team. Unfortunately, the best Titans team rarely shows up. They’re playing on the road against a team who has proven that they’re a respectable foe against AFC South teams. The Titans are almost a lock to surrender at least seven points per game on special teams miscues or offensive turnovers.
Chase Ruttig is a 21 year old journalist from Yorkton Saskatchewan, Canada, the Siberia of North American pro sports. Chase is the editor of Just Blog Baby as well as the sports editor at The News Review in Yorkton. You can contact Chase by email at [email protected] or follow him on twitter @ChaseRuttig
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