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Tennessee Titans Football

Titans Set for Tilt at Buffalo

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 4, 2011 – 11:34 am

The Tennessee Titans have hit the field for pregame warmups at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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Who is the Fastest Titan?

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 1, 2011 – 9:44 am

Who is the fastest Titan? Chris Johnson, right?

Not so fast.

After Tommie Campbell took a reverse from Marc Mariani and raced 84 yards untouched to the end zone last Sunday (watch KO return), he’s now in the discussion. And some players at Baptist Sports Park now believe it’s the rookie cornerback Campbell, not CJ2K, who is the fastest Titan in town.

“I’m definitely putting my money on TC,” said wide receiver Nate Washington.  “That boy, he was rolling the other day. I don’t know…he and CJ might be a good 60. Tommie’s got a long stride. We didn’t expect it, but goodness gracious, he looked like a deer running on that field, didn’t he?”

Faster than a deer, said cornerback Cortland Finnegan.

“He’s pretty blazing. I would say he’s easily the fastest on the team right now, hands down,” Finnegan said. “Tommie’s got some speed you don’t find every day, but CJ can getty-up and boogy. It would be a great race, one that I’d pay money for.”

Even head coach Mike Munchak tilted the scale in favor of the rookie when asked who would win a 100-yard dash. “Who would I take? I’d probably go with the younger guy. You always go with the young guy. I think that’s Tommie,” Munchak said with a smile.

Johnson’s 4.24 40-yard dash at the 2008 NFL Combine is believed by most to be the fastest ever electronically timed.

Johnson’s lockermate and blocking fullback, Ahmard Hall, was sticking behind his good friend.

“Well, 4.24 is documented. I think CJ has a big chain that has a 4.24 on it,” Hall said. “Until I see Tommie Campbell run a 4.24, I’m going to stick with my man CJ2K.”

Campbell, whose running style was “compared to a horse” in high school, said he once ran a 4.31 on grass outside in the cold.

“I didn’t really train for it,” he said before breaking into a smile. “I would never back down from any challenge, no matter who it is, but CJ is the fastest guy in the NFL to me. That’s my opinion right now until me and him have a footrace.”

When asked about it during his weekly media session, Johnson shrugged off all the locker room chatter.

“I haven’t heard that talk. It doesn’t matter to me,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty good play. He’s a pretty fast guy. There’s a lot of fast guys in this league, but he made a pretty good play to help us get a score on the board.“

When pressed if Campbell is faster, Johnson said, “I wouldn’t say that. Everybody has an opinion. I don’t know what his time was or anything like that, so I’m not sure.”

Until the two go head to head, fans are left to form their own opinions.


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Fourth Down Efficiency

Posted by Gary Glenn on November 30, 2011 – 3:51 pm

Both the offensive and defensive units made key plays on crucial fourth downs in the Titans’ win last week versus Tampa Bay, continuing positive fourth-down trends for each unit in 2011.

Trailing 17-13 with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Titans offense faced a fourth-and-goal at the two-yard line. Matt Hasselbeck then completed a pass to wide receiver Damian Williams in the back of the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown, which was the third touchdown the Titans have scored this season on fourth down (one rushing, two passing).

A short time later, the Buccaneers were driving in Tennessee territory with less than a minute to play. But on fourth-and-one, Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman mishandled the snap from center. After he regained possession, he was stopped short of a first down by a convoy of defenders led by defensive lineman Jason Jones.

On both sides of the ball, the Titans have been one of the NFL’s top teams this season on fourth down. They have converted a league-best 80 percent of fourth-down chances on offense (eight of 10), while the defense ranks seventh at 30.8 percent (four of 13).

Top Fourth-Down Offensive Percentages in 2011:

1 – Tennessee Titans – 80.0

2 – Baltimore Ravens – 75.0

3 – Detroit Lions – 66.7

4 – New England Patriots – 62.5

5 – San Francisco 49ers – 62.5

Top Fourth-Down Defensive Percentages in 2011

1 – New York Jets – 11.1

2 – Green Bay Packers – 18.2

3 – San Diego Chargers – 20.0

4 – Detroit Lions – 27.3

5 – Denver Broncos – 28.6

6 – Oakland Raiders – 30.0

7 – Tennessee Titans – 30.8


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Sunday’s Game Will Feature NFL’s Top Pass Protectors

Posted by Gary Glenn on November 30, 2011 – 3:44 pm

When the Titans and Bills meet, the game will feature the NFL’s top two pass-protecting offensive lines in 2011.

The Bills lead the NFL with only 15 sacks allowed in 2011. They also lead the league in sack percentage, giving up a sack on only 3.85 percent of drop backs (375 attempts plus 15 sacks for a total of 390 total pass plays).

With 16 sacks surrendured in 2011, the Titans are one behind Buffalo and tied with the Houston Texans for second in the NFL. Their 3.92 sack percentage also ranks second in the league behind the Bills.

FEWEST SACKS ALLOWED PER PASS PLAY IN 2011

1 – Buffalo Bills – 3.85

2 – Tennessee Titans – 3.92

3 – New Orleans Saints – 3.96

4 – Cincinnati Bengals – 4.33

5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 4.34

6 – Detroit Lions – 4.50

7 – Philadelphia Eagles – 4.51

8 – New England Patriots – 4.54

9 – New York Giants – 4.74

10 – Houston Texans – 4.76


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Williams Among AFC Leaders in TD Receptions Last Nine Weeks

Posted by Gary Glenn on November 30, 2011 – 2:35 pm

Second-year wide receiver Damian Williams received his first start of the season on Oct. 2 at Cleveland, one week after Kenny Britt suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Since Williams entered the starting lineup, he has caught a team-high five touchdown passes in eight games. In that period of time, only two players in the AFC — Denver wide receiver Eric Decker and New England tight end Rob Gronkowski — have more touchdown receptions than Williams, who is tied with Plaxico Burress (New York Jets) and Vincent Jackson (San Diego) at five.

Williams was drafted by the Titans in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he played in 16 games with one start and totaled 16 catches for 219 yards. The former USC Trojan’s second-year totals include 27 receptions for 349 yards in 10 total games (eight starts).

MOST TD RECEPTIONS BY AFC PLAYERS IN LAST 9 WEEKS

1 – Broncos WR Eric Decker – 6

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski – 6

3 – Titans WR Damian Williams – 5

Jets WR Plaxico Burress – 5

Chargers WR Vincent Jackson – 5


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CJ Joins Elite List

Posted by Gary Glenn on November 30, 2011 – 2:30 pm

Last week Chris Johnson rushed for 190 yards on 23 carries in the Titans’ 23-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His 190 yards made up the third-highest single-game total of his career, trailing a franchise-record 228 yards on Nov. 1, 2009 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and a 197-yard total against the Houston Texans on Sept. 20, 2009.

Johnson, who was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his effort against the Buccaneers, is the eighth player in NFL history to record three 190-yard rushing performances in his first 58 career games, joining Adrian Peterson, Eric Dickerson, Earl Campbell, Walter Payton, Terrell Davis, LaDainian Tomlinson and Corey Dillon.

CJ’s TOP RUSHING GAMES

228 – vs. Jacksonville (11-01-09)

197 – vs. Houston (9-20-09)

190 – vs. Tampa Bay (11-27-11)

168 – at Kansas City (10-19-08)

154 – vs. Arizona (11-29-09)

151 – at Houston (11-23-09)


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Titans Hold on for 23-17 Win

Posted by Gary Glenn on November 27, 2011 – 3:27 pm

The Titans stuffed Josh Freeman on 4th-and-1 at Tennessee’s 25-yard line with 46 seconds remaining, and Tennessee held on for a 23-17 victory over Tampa Bay Sunday at LP Field.

The Titans improved to 6-5 with five games remaining. They play at Buffalo next Sunday.

Chris Johnson rushed for a season-high 190 yards.


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Bironas FG Extends Titans’ Lead to 23-17 With 1:44 to Go

Posted by Gary Glenn on November 27, 2011 – 3:03 pm

Rob Bironas connected on a 38-yard field goal, extending Tennessee’s lead to 23-17 with 1:44 remaining in the fourth quarter at LP Field.

Tennessee’s drive started after rookie linebacker Collin McCarthy picked off Josh Freeman at Tampa’s 47-yard line. It was the first interception of McCarthy’s career.

The Buccaneers will have the ball at their own 20 with 1:44 remaining and no timeouts.


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Hasselbeck TD to Williams Gives Titans 20-17 Lead

Posted by Gary Glenn on November 27, 2011 – 2:50 pm

Trailing by three points late in the game, the Titans decided to go for it on 4th-and-2 at Tampa’s 2-yard line. The move paid off as Matt Hasselbeck found Damian Williams in the back of the end zone, giving the Titans a 20-17 lead with 3:01 remaining in the fourth quarter at LP Field.

You can watch the video right here.

The 10-play, 80-yard drive included a season-long 34-yard run by Chris Johnson, who has registered a season-high 164 yards on 21 attempts.

Williams has scored five touchdowns in the last eight games.


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Bironas 52-Yard FG Pulls Titans Within 17-13

Posted by Gary Glenn on November 27, 2011 – 2:30 pm

Rob Bironas connected on a 52-yard field goal, pulling the Titans to within 17-13 with 11:57 remaining in the fourth quarter at LP Field.

The nine-play, 37-yard drive included a 25-yard run by Chris Johnson, who now has 120 rushing yards on 19 carries (6.3 avg.).


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