In preparation for this week's showdown between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers, as usual, Total Titans will participate in a questions/answers exchange with a blogger/writer who will provide us with some insight regarding Sunday's Titan opponent.
This week's Q&A will involve fellow scribe Bam Morris from Bloguin's Pittsburgh Steelers site: Blitzburgh Blog.
Have any questions you'd like to have answered by Bam Morris pertaining to the Titans/Steelers battle on Sunday? Feel free to provide your inquiries below.
There will be no 0-6 start this year, folks.
Led by impressive play on both sides of the football, the Tennessee Titans started their 2010 NFL season on a winning note as they whipped the still-mediocre Oakland Raiders 38-13.
On defense, Chuck Cecil's troops accounted for four sacks while causing two Raider turnovers. Offensively, Vince Young was an efficient 13 of 17 for 154 yards and two touchdown passes, while CJ continued his dominance from last year with 142 rushing yards, including a 76-yard scoring scamper.
Additional thoughts on today's dominating Titans' win...after the jump.
We're a little more than 24 hours away from the moment we've all been waiting for: the start of the 2010 NFL season for the Tennessee Titans.
Awaiting the Titans in their season-opener are the Oakland Raiders; a team that's banking upon newly acquired signal-caller Jason Campbell to provide the franchise with some stability and improved play at the quarterback position.
Up next...a few thoughts and a prediction regarding this weekend's Titans-Raiders matchup.
The final injury report is out for this Sunday's game against the Raiders, and here's what it looks like:
OUT: LB Travis Goethel (back), CB Walter McFadden (hamstring), WR Chaz Schillens (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Desmond Bryant (elbow), RB Michael Bush (thumb)
Both Bryant and Bush participated in Friday's practice on a limited basis. Bush may wear a brace to protect his hand, but even with a brace he may have trouble holding on to the football. His absence would likely mean a bigger load for Darren McFadden.
OUT: T Mike Otto (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Tony Brown (knee), DE William Hayes (knee), LB Colin Allred (ankle)
PROBABLE: G Leroy Harris (ankle), DE Jacob Ford (back), WR Justin Gage (hand)
Brown and Hayes did not participate in Friday's practice, while Allred, Harris, Ford, and Gage all fully participated in practice. If you want shorthand as to who's most likely to play, I think that's a pretty good guideline. Harris was upgraded from questionable to probable while I was writing this post, so I'd expect him to start. His status may have been the reason Ryan Durand made the team. If Hayes truly can't go, Jason Babin is listed behind him on the depth chart and may get the start, while Sen'Derrick Marks may start next to Jason Jones at DT for Brown.
Will Witherspoon will play despite missing practice this week after the death of his mother. All of us here at Total Titans send our condolences to Will on his loss and will be rooting for him to do well on Sunday.
*-Unless they don't.
This is my third straight year doing some sort of preseason prediction for the Titans. Back in 2008, I wrote a post on the eve of the season about why the Titans wouldn't win 10 games. It took me five whole games to say that prediction was wrong, and the Titans ended up finishing 13-3. Heedful of the lesson, I didn't write a similar post last season, but did pick the Titans to finish over 9 wins, while noting my thoughts on how the Titans would finish had ranged from a repeat of 13-3 down to 7-9. With an 8-8 finish, wrong again. I'm already on record as expecting the Titans to finish under this year's 8.5 line, but by a relatively narrow margin.
The two biggest variables for the 2010 Titans season are two things I've written about on here this offseason: the continued development of Vince Young as an NFL passer, and how good the defense will be. The problem is, I'm not sure I have a much better handle on how those questions will be answered than I did when the Titans walked off Qwest Field in Seattle to close the 2009 season.