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The Tennessee Titans will try to earn their first win in the past few weeks


Running WildThe Chargers have one of the best offensive attacks in football as the team has the potential to do damage both through the air and on the ground. This spells trouble for a Titans team that has struggled to deal with both. The Titans run defense has plummeted over the past few weeks and the absences of Wesley Woodyard and Will Compton both have left a void in the center of the defense. The Titans get Woodyard back this week , but will be without outside linebacker Derrick Morgan. Tennessee’s run defense currently ranks 27th in total rush yards allowed and rank 17th in average rush yards allowed per attempt. Despite ranking in the bottom half of the league, the Titans are tied for 6th in fewest rushing touchdowns allowed. Melvin Gordon leads the Chargers stable of running backs and has proven he can be deadly with the football in his hands. The Chargers offense currently ranks 6th in total rush yards and are tied with a handful of other clubs for rushing touchdowns with six.The Chargers offensive line has done well in creating holes and building a workable pocket for veteran Phillip Rivers to dissect defenses. His quick release combined with his experience will make him the toughest quarterback the Titans defense has faced all season.Ageless RiversRivers has the Chargers passing offense ranked 13th in total passing yards. The Chargers rank 4th in passing touchdowns with a whopping 15. This is concerning. When facing the Titans, Rivers usually tends to carve up the secondary. He understands how to use his weapons, how to adjust the plays based on his pre-snap reads and can get the ball out of his hands in a heartbeat once he starts to feel a bit of pressure.The Titans secondary ranks 8th in fewest passing yards allowed and is tied for 3rd for fewest pass touchdowns given upThat seems great - but then you look at the quarterbacks they’ve faced. Rivers is head and shoulders above any of the quarterbacks in terms of overall ability. Sure, Carson Wentz is off to a promising career, Joe Flacco is playing good football and Deshaun Watson has shown his Jekyll and Hyde abilities week to week (it helps having DeAndre Hopkins) - but the rest of the list aren’t too great.The will of this Titans defense will be tested. The Chargers are built on lacing together explosive plays. The Titans have struggled to stop the explosions, and recovering has also proven to be difficult. Mainly due to the offense lacking any kind of explosion over the past few weeks. The Titans cannot aren’t built to engage in a shoot-out with the Chargers Youth Austin Johnson Jersey , so the best help to the defense will be the offense finding a way to score a touchdown. A single touchdown won’t win this game, a pair might make it close but three touchdowns will be the difference in leaving London with a W or an L.Expect Rivers to target Malcolm Butler early and often. He is aware of Butler’s struggles and will look to break his will and shatter his confidence early. The Titans must be prepared and the defensive adjustments should be made to avoid letting Butler take a punch right out of the gate. The Titans defense will be asked to do a lot and the talent is there to do it - it’s just a matter of whether they are on the field for a lengthy time or not. The offense hold the key to keeping the defense fresh and ready to contend with a fiery Charger offense. There are 31 NFL teams that are kicking themselves for passing on Harold Landry III in the 2018 NFL Draft.The Cleveland Browns passed him four times. The Indianapolis Colts passed on Landry three times. The New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens had more than one chance to acquire Landry, but also skipped and filled other needs.Titans GM Jon Robinson lunged at the opportunity to make a trade for Landry and seconds before the pick was announced, the video of the war room showing Robinson high-fiving HC Mike Vrabel emerged.Robinson had to have known he had negotiated a draft steal that would not only fill an area of need - but found a player he believed could have an immediate impact. Landry has done just that.Kearse Reincarnated In the 1999 NFL Draft, Jevon Kearse was the fourth defensive player taken in the first round behind CB Champ Bailey Authentic Logan Ryan Jersey , CB Chris McAlister and DT Anthony “Booger” McFarland.Kearse, a Florida Gator alum, was considered by some to be a top 10 pick. Instead, the Titans snatched him six picks outside of the top 10. Kearse - who eventually became the Defensive Rookie of the Year - was a player 15 teams regretted not drafting.The magical season that was ‘99 was special for many reason. One big reason included the Freak. Kearse was a dominant force on defense - but most of his dominance came during the second half of his rookie season.Through the first eight games, Kearse had four sacks. His disruption couldn’t be measured through the box score. There were things he did defensively that simply made huge impacts and shifted momentum week to week.Sound familiar?Landry has one sack through three games, but the havoc he has created cannot and should not go unnoticed. MCM Mike Herndon, Titans Film Room and Superhorn all have posted excellent film clips showing just exactly what kind of damage is left behind a Landry rush.Hard not to wonder if Landry had been active for the disastrous Miami game Womens DaQuan Jones Jersey , this team may be undefeated.Landry’s RiseLandry has put several teams on notice through the first quarter of the season - and the scary thing is, his play will only continue to improve. As mentioned above, Kearse had four sacks through the first eight games - three sacks coming in one game against Cleveland. Could Landry do the same as he faces the Buffalo Bills - who have allowed the most sacks in the league?Very possible. The second half of Kearse’s rookie season, he stacked up 10.5 sacks and finished the regular season with 14.5. Landry has all the physical tools and is surrounded by a strong supporting cast, which makes it possible for him to explode onto the scene and legitimately contend for the Defensive Rookie of the Year crown.Landry will continue to find comfort in his role and DC Dean Pees will continue to shuffle versatile backer along the defensive front hoping to get an impact.Landry will be honored by season end.
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