Friday, October 19, 2012
Preview snippets from Scouts Inc.
By Paul Kuharsky
Snippets from Scouts Inc.’s scouting reports on the games involving the AFC South this weekend.
Titans at Bills
Film room nuggets: “Opposing tight ends have simply destroyed the Titans' pass defense . Scott Chandler is (Ryan) Fitzpatrick's favorite weapon near the goal line, and Fitzpatrick should look Chandler's way particularly when he draws coverage from Michael Griffin, whose coverage has been suspect all year. ... The Titans are extremely young on defense. While they have some good players, they desperately need to acquire a difference-maker or two at really any level of the defense.” -- Matt Williamson
Browns at Colts
Indianapolis will want to crowd the box: “The Colts got seared for 252 rushing yards by the Jets in Week 6, 161 by Shonn Greene alone. The Browns rely heavily on the ground game, and after seeing the Jets run all over the Colts, we can be confident that Cleveland will feed the ball to (Trent) Richardson on a consistent basis. Indianapolis defensive coordinator Greg Manusky loves a pressure defense and will probably push one of his safeties up into the box early and often as he tries to take away Richardson's running lanes.” -- Doug Kretz
Ravens at Texans
Film room nuggets: "Baltimore's (Torrey) Smith leads the league in yards per catch with 18.8 yards per reception, and his burst and speed is deceptive to eat up a defender's cushion. ... Ed Reed is a crafty, 11-year veteran who often times baits quarterbacks. He has a gaudy 59 career interceptions and has returned seven of them for touchdowns. He will often appear to be out of position within a zone only to recover and make a big play.” -- Ken Moll
Jaguars at Raiders
Get the wide receivers involved: “(Maurice) Jones-Drew and tight end Marcedes Lewis have caught a total of 28 receptions on 34 passing attempts. The Jacksonville wide receivers, combined, have 42 receptions on 96 attempts. The Jaguars simply need more production from their wide receivers, because they can't live off of the underneath pass to have any hope to loosen things up in the secondary. Look for offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski to dial up more downfield throws as he tries to attack a struggling Oakland secondary. -- Kretz