The first three weeks of the season were frustrating for the Titans, not to mention their fans. All three weeks, Tennessee had a fourth-quarter lead but couldn't close the deal. All three games were defeats snatched from the jaws of victory.
Each week, a different phase of the game - offense, defense or special teams - stunk it up and was a primary contributor to the defeat.
In Week One, the defense played rather well, limiting the Stillers to only ten points in regulation. The offense had its difficulties, only scoring ten points of its own. Special teams had one field goal attempt blocked and another badly missed.
The offense came to life in Week Two, lighting up the scoreboard for 31 points. Unfortunately, the defense was lit up for 35.
The defense played better in Week Three but there were two special teams fumbles and the offense dropped seven passes.
Then all three units stunk it up against the Jaguars.
Which unit will stink it up next?
My money says it will be the defense.
You'd think the defense learned its lesson in Week Two about biting on play-action fakes. I guess their attention span is limited because they bit every time Maurice Jones-Drew broke the huddle. Next up for the defense is the master of the play-action fake. I'll bet Chris Hope and Michael Griffin are biting on Peyton Manning's fakes already, six days before game time. They're watching film of that stretch play and biting, whether Peyton hands off or not.
They'd better be worried about the following:
- Helping the rooks on the corners
- Doubling Reggie Wayne and
- Trying to cover Dallas Clark
In his last post, Drexel cringed thinking about what Peyton could do to the secondary. I don't cringe, I merely shudder at the thought.