Titans Face Toughest Test Yet
By Mike Edler
Buckle up ladies and gentleman, it is going to be a bumpy three weeks. The Titans go through the gauntlet traveling to Seattle and then returning home to face San Francisco, before licking their wounds in the bye week. This game in Seattle will be the biggest test the Titans face this season.
The Titans coming in with no Jake Locker, a struggling run offense and bad special teams, have to put all their eggs into the defensive basket. The defensive staff and personnelwill be the difference between an embarrassing display and a game that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The offense needs to play mistake free football like the Jake Locker Titans and not like last weeks debacle that was the Ryan Fitzpatrick Titans. Fitzpatrick is the key to the offense and if he can stay mistake free and open up the Seahawks defense, this could be a moral win in his career. This is a make or break game for the running attack as far as I'm concerned. It has been less than mediocre this season and it starts with Chris Johnson. A broken play touchdown does not a season save, and hopefully Shonn Greene will return and give this unit a much needed spark.
Like I said, defense is key this weekend. Players like Jurrell Casey, Zach Brown and Derrick Morgan need to play lights out against the weary Seattle offensive line. Containing Russell Wilson and limiting him to the pocket is a daunting task, but in this unit I trust. The secondary faces a relatively weak wide receiver core and if the defensive line can bring pressure, the secondary will have an easier day.
This game comes down to who makes fewer mistakes on offense. The Titans have had a knack for playing it safe, but that was Jake Locker football. Fitzpatrick needs to channel his inner Locker and make good decisions. This is game two of the three game gauntlet to prove where the Titans stand in this league. Moral victories mean nothing anymore.