Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Titans D faces different challenge in Rodgers
By Paul Kuharsky
Bud Adams blasted his team and its coaching staff after a 51-20 loss to Chicago on Nov. 4.
The response hasn’t produced the win-loss record the team would have liked -- the Titans are just 2-3. They have played far better defense, however. They are up seven spots in overall yardage, five against the rush and eight against the pass.
In that span they are first in sacks per game (3.4), second in opponent passer rating (60.7), tied for second in interceptions (10), third in yards per game (286), fourth in points per game (17.6), sixth in third¬-down defense (32.4 percent).
But it’s all influenced by the offenses Tennessee has faced too. While Houston and Indianapolis are top 10 offenses, the Titans racked up good defensive results against Miami, Jacksonville and the Jets, three of the six worst offenses in the league.
The quarterbacks the Titans have beaten are Matthew Stafford/Shaun Hill, Ben Roethlisberger, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Tannehill and Mark Sanchez. Only Roethlisberger is on the level of Aaron Rodgers.
“We’re playing a playoff football team that’s trying to get a bye,” coach Mike Munchak said. “I think it’s going to be a great opportunity to kind of see where we’re at.”