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A Look at Titans 2014 Opponents: NFC East

Posted by Craig Peters on January 7, 2014 – 12:04 pm

The Titans and the rest of the AFC South will have games against each team from the NFC East in 2014. That rotation benefitted the AFC West in 2013 as playoff teams Denver (4-0), Kansas City (4-0), and San Diego (3-1) nearly swept NFC East teams. Oakland (4-12) was 0-4 against the NFC East. Here’s a look at opponents that Tennessee sees once every four regular seasons (the schedule of dates will be announced in spring):

Former Titan Keith Bulluck returned a fumble 16 yards for a touchdown after Randy Starks initially recovered the ball and returned it 26 yards before executing a lateral to give it to Bulluck in the last time Tennessee played at Philadelphia.

Former Titan Keith Bulluck returned a fumble 16 yards for a touchdown after a lateral by Randy Starks, who initially returned the ball 26 yards the last time Tennessee played at Philadelphia.

At Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles’ 2013 Finish (10-6); Points For: 442; Points Against: 382; Net (60); TDs: 53; Home: 4-4; Away: 6-2; Conf: 9-3; Last 5: 4-1

Eagles’ 2013 Rankings: Total Offense (2nd, 417.3 yards per game); Total Defense (29th 394.2)

Titans vs. Eagles Overall: (4-6); Most Recent: Titans 37, Eagles 19 at LP Field in 2010; Last time in Philadelphia: Titans 31, Eagles 13 in 2006

Early Outlook: Philadelphia experienced considerable improvement in 2013, going from 4-12 the season before to winning its division this past season. The Eagles were outscored 444 to 280 (164 points) in 2012 but outscored opponents 442 to 382 (60 points) in 2013 with Nick Foles quarterbacking in Chip Kelly’s fast-tempo offensive system. Foles recorded the highest passer rating in the NFL (119.2). Running back LeSean McCoy led the NFL with 2,146 yards from scrimmage and won the league’s rushing title with 1,607 yards.

Vs. Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys’ 2013 Finish (8-8); Points For: 439; Points Against: 432; Net (7); TDs: 51; Home: 5-3; Away: 3-5; Conf: 7-5; Last 5: 2-3

Cowboys’ 2013 Rankings: Total Offense (16th, 341.3 yards per game); Total Defense (32nd, 415.3)

Titans vs. Cowboys Overall: (6-7); Most Recent: Titans 34, Cowboys 27 in Dallas in 2010; Last time at LP Field: Cowboys 45, Titans 14 in 2006

Early Outlook: Dallas’ hopes of making the playoffs came down to the final week of the regular season in 2013, but the Cowboys finished 8-8 for their third straight season. Quarterback Tony Romo is recovering from back surgery. Romo finished eighth in the NFL in passer rating (96.7), which was boosted by his 31 touchdown passes. Dez Bryant finished with the eighth highest number of receptions (93) for 1,233 yards with 13 TDs.

Vs. New York Giants

Giants’ 2013 Finish (7-9); Points For: 294; Points Against: 383; Net (-89); TDs: 32; Home: 4-4; Away: 3-5; Conf: 6-6; Last 5: 3-2

Giants’ 2013 Rankings: Total Offense (28th, 307.5 yards per game); Total Defense (8th, 332.3)

Titans vs. Giants Overall: (5-5); Most Recent: Titans 29, Giants 10 in New York in 2010; Last time at LP Field: Titans 24, Giants 21 in 2006

Early Outlook: With the recent retirement of former Oilers offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, the Giants will have a new O.C. in place in 2014. Eli Manning will try to rebound from a season in which he had a career-high and league-worst 27 interceptions and a passer rating of 69.4 that ranked 35th in the NFL among qualifying passers. The Giants rushed for just 1,332 yards (fourth-lowest in the NFL) in 2013, and averaged 18.4 points per game (fifth lowest).

At Washington Redskins

Redskins’ 2013 Finish (3-13); Points For: 334; Points Against: 478; Net (-144); TDs: 39; Home: 2-6; Away: 1-7; Conf: 1-11; Last 5: 0-5

Redskins’ 2013 Rankings: Total Offense (9th, 369.7 yards per game); Total Defense (18th, 354.1)

Titans vs. Redskins Overall: (6-5); Most Recent: Redskins 19, Titans 16, OT at LP Field; Last time in Washington: Titans 25, Redskins 22 in 2006

Early Outlook: Washington will have a new coach because it did the opposite of Philadelphia, going from first in the division in 2012 to worst in 2013. Quarterback Robert Griffin III struggled through injury in his second pro season, and the Redskins went from outscoring opponents 436 to 388 (plus-48) to being outscored 478 to 334 (minus-144). Pierre Garcon led the NFL with 113 receptions for 1,346 yards. Although the Redskins’ offense ranked ninth in the NFL in net yards, it ranked 23rd in scoring (20.9 points per game).

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11 Responses to “A Look at Titans 2014 Opponents: NFC East”

  1. By royalan83 on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    Personally I’d like to see a coach that coaches with inspiration. Anyone thinks Mike Singletary would be a good option? I believed he turned the 49ers from failure to success, but unfortunately the coach after him got credit. Just like Tony Dungy and the Bucs, Jon Gruden got the credit for winning the superbowl. Mike Singletary could be gotten for cheap from the Vikings.

  2. By addicted2football on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I was hoping for an offensive minded HC, but I’ll support whoever we hire (within reason). Jay Gruden, Darrell Bevell or James Franklin. If we hired a defensive minded HC, Mike Zimmer, Ray Horton or Dan Quinn. The only knock on Horton is he usually runs a 3-4 defense, but he really turned the Browns defense around for them. Andy Dalton had a colossal meltdown last weekend, but the Bengals have had a top 5 offense under Jay Gruden.

  3. By addicted2football on Jan 8, 2014 | Reply

    I’ll throw Greg Roman out there too, for some reason a lot of the Niner fans don’t seem to like him, but they’re quite possibly on the way to their 2nd straight SB appearance so that speaks volumes to me.

  4. By addicted2football on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Looks like we can cross Jay Gruden off the list.

  5. By addicted2football on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Now we can scratch James Franklin, he’ll be taking over at Penn State.

  6. By royalan83 on Jan 10, 2014 | Reply

    These coaches go fast, but I hope the Titans stay patient and land the right coach.

  7. By royalan83 on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    Titans landed another diamond via Webster. Ken has had success everywhere he went. I hope he turns out to be another Belichick. Only one last request by all the fans in Nashville, we all hope Gregg Williams becomes d coordinator.

  8. By addicted2football on Jan 14, 2014 | Reply

    I’m 100% on board with the Wisenhunt hire, now I’m interested in seeing who we get for coordinators. I still hope we send CJ packing, we could make much better use of that 8 million. May 8th won’t get here fast enough, can’t wait to see what Webster has cooking for us in the draft. GO TITANS!!!!!

  9. By curson4life on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    Another Titans type hire…A coach who has an overall coaching record of 45-51. And please don’t mention that he went to a Super Bowl because he lost…And please don’t say he develops QB’s because he didn’t develop Leinart, Kolb, or Skelton. Instead of hiring a retread, why not someone new? Why not a Mike Zimmer or another Coordinator who hasn’t failed already.

  10. By addicted2football on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    I respect your opinion curson4life, but lets not forget that Tom Coughlin failed in Jacksonville, then won the SB 2 times with the Giants. Anything is possible.

  11. By curson4life on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    Addicted, true, anything is possible, but I tend to think realistic and history has shown that retreads don’t win titles…Ask Fisher, Turner, Philips, Shanahan…And any other retread.

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