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Oct 21

Week 7 AFC South Roundup: Colts Expand Division Lead

Titans Online.com beat writer Joe Fann brings you up to date with the latest happenings around the AFC South.

Oct 21

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals Betting Odds, Analysis, NFL Pick

First place in the AFC North will be on the line Sunday in Cincinnati when the Bengals host the Baltimore Ravens in a key divisional matchup. The Bengals have gone 0-2-1 in their last three games since starting the season 3-0, but they are 9-2 against the spread in their past 11 games as home favorites, while the Ravens are 3-7-1 ATS in their previous 11 meetings.

 

Point spread: Bengals opened as 2.5-point favorites; the total was 46 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark (line updates and matchup report).

 

NFL pick, via Odds Shark computer: 26.5-23.7 Ravens

 

Why the Ravens can cover the spread

It’s hard to imagine Baltimore playing much better than the team is right now with consecutive dominant wins against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons by a combined score of 77-24. The Ravens covered both of those games, and they know how important this matchup is considering the AFC North race and the fact that they lost their season opener at home to Cincinnati.

Baltimore won its next two divisional games following that 23-16 loss to the Bengals and appears to have moved on past the Ray Rice controversy that clouded the team early in the year. In fact, the only loss for the Ravens over their past six games came on the road in Week 5 against an Indianapolis Colts team that has won five in a row.

 

Why the Bengals can cover the spread

Cincinnati has obviously not played well lately, with a tie in the team’s last home game and a shutout loss in the last road game. But the Bengals were the team everybody was talking about as the best team in the NFL through the first three weeks of the season.

That chatter stopped after a 43-17 road loss to the New England Patriots in Week 5 following their bye week. They just need to find a way to get back on track and should have plenty of motivation taking on a Baltimore team currently leading the AFC North.

Cincinnati has gone 4-0 straight up and ATS in its last four home games against divisional opponents and will be primed for a rebound win here.

 

Smart Pick

The Bengals begin an important three-game stretch at home that starts and finishes against divisional foes. They hope to get wide receiver A.J. Green back from a toe injury, which would be a huge boost to the team’s offense and give quarterback Andy Dalton his top weapon back. With Green out the last two games, Cincinnati has been a bit limited even though the team still scored 37 points in the tie with the Carolina Panthers two weeks ago.

Last week’s 27-0 road loss to the Indianapolis Colts combined with playing an AFC North opponent should be all that’s needed to motivate the Bengals, so look for them to cover for the 10th time in 12 games as home chalk.

 

Betting trends

  • The total has gone over in four of Baltimore’s last six games on the road.
  • Cincinnati is 11-2 ATS in its last 13 games at home.

 

All spread and odds data powered by Odds Shark. Follow us on Twitter for injury updates and line move updates.

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Oct 21

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals Betting Odds, Analysis, NFL Pick

First place in the AFC North will be on the line Sunday in Cincinnati when the Bengals host the Baltimore Ravens in a key divisional matchup. The Bengals have gone 0-2-1 in their last three games since starting the season 3-0, but they are 9-2 against the spread in their past 11 games as home favorites, while the Ravens are 3-7-1 ATS in their previous 11 meetings.

 

Point spread: Bengals opened as 2.5-point favorites; the total was 46 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark (line updates and matchup report).

 

NFL pick, via Odds Shark computer: 26.5-23.7 Ravens

 

Why the Ravens can cover the spread

It’s hard to imagine Baltimore playing much better than the team is right now with consecutive dominant wins against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons by a combined score of 77-24. The Ravens covered both of those games, and they know how important this matchup is considering the AFC North race and the fact that they lost their season opener at home to Cincinnati.

Baltimore won its next two divisional games following that 23-16 loss to the Bengals and appears to have moved on past the Ray Rice controversy that clouded the team early in the year. In fact, the only loss for the Ravens over their past six games came on the road in Week 5 against an Indianapolis Colts team that has won five in a row.

 

Why the Bengals can cover the spread

Cincinnati has obviously not played well lately, with a tie in the team’s last home game and a shutout loss in the last road game. But the Bengals were the team everybody was talking about as the best team in the NFL through the first three weeks of the season.

That chatter stopped after a 43-17 road loss to the New England Patriots in Week 5 following their bye week. They just need to find a way to get back on track and should have plenty of motivation taking on a Baltimore team currently leading the AFC North.

Cincinnati has gone 4-0 straight up and ATS in its last four home games against divisional opponents and will be primed for a rebound win here.

 

Smart Pick

The Bengals begin an important three-game stretch at home that starts and finishes against divisional foes. They hope to get wide receiver A.J. Green back from a toe injury, which would be a huge boost to the team’s offense and give quarterback Andy Dalton his top weapon back. With Green out the last two games, Cincinnati has been a bit limited even though the team still scored 37 points in the tie with the Carolina Panthers two weeks ago.

Last week’s 27-0 road loss to the Indianapolis Colts combined with playing an AFC North opponent should be all that’s needed to motivate the Bengals, so look for them to cover for the 10th time in 12 games as home chalk.

 

Betting trends

  • The total has gone over in four of Baltimore’s last six games on the road.
  • Cincinnati is 11-2 ATS in its last 13 games at home.

 

All spread and odds data powered by Odds Shark. Follow us on Twitter for injury updates and line move updates.

Read more Baltimore Ravens news on BleacherReport.com

Oct 21

Baltimore Beatdown Power Rankings, Week 7: Colts climb up, Ravens stay put

The NFL [Knowledge is] Power Rankings Week 7 edition.

When I was hired by Baltimore Beatdown the first article I wrote for our website was one on refuting a batch of know-it-alls and unzipping my thoughts on how well the Ravens would fare in the 2014-15 NFL season.


After seven action-packed weekends, the birds not only nest on top of the AFC North, the team we root for resides in the toughest division in the league. Prediction was pretty darn good.

With a little push from parity, the worst team in the division, the 3-3 Browns, are stable enough to strike fear in the hearts of their opponents. They put up 26 unanswered points to slay the Titans in Tennessee, rumpled the Steelers a week later and ran out of gas against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars this past Sunday. Pittsburgh obliterated the Panthers with an astounding rushing attack, fell on their knees to the Buccaneers and then edged the Jaguars by a measly, according to our standards, differential of eight. After nabbing three consecutive wins, the Bengals squandered their luck – and should have lost three consecutive. If only Panthers kicker Mike Nugent had not missed a game-clinching field goal attempt. …

After my heart and mind wrestled for hours, my soul insisted this is how the rankings ought to roll.

Here, my soul:

1 – BRONCOS (5-1) EVEN

They look like a Super Bowl team. Every. Single. Week.  Six total touchdowns against the mighty 49ers? Kaepernick was sacked six times? C’mon son. Peyton Manning deserves one more before retiRING.

2 – COWBOYS (6-1) EVEN

DeMarco Murray rushed for 128 yards on 28 carries. Dez Bryant broke for 151 yards on nine receptions. A second-year tight end named Gavin Escobar caught two touchdown passes. If Dallas doesn’t choke this season, they’re my pick to go to the NFC Conference Championship.

3 – COLTS (5-2) +3

No horseplay alert: the Colts slaughtered their visitors. #MadColtsDisease

4 – CHARGERS (5-2) -1

To be fair, I did say in my last week’s rankings that this team is skating on a thin iceberg surrounded by bloodthirsty sharks. Facing a must-win situation, the Chargers couldn’t seal the deal against a weak-powered team in the Chiefs. They’ll fall to 5-3 after losing to the Kings next week.

5 – PACKERS (5-2) -1


(-1 because) they did play a trash team, am I right? Aa-Rod had THREE incompletions (19/22) and passed for three touchdowns. …AND they’re not one-dimensional.

6 – EAGLES (5-1) -1

Bye.

7 – RAVENS (5-2) EVEN


Once again, this is the BEST team in the AFC North, which is also the TOUGHEST division, record-wise, in the NFL. Nabbing a few quality wins later this season (Bengals, Steelers, Saints, Chargers, Dolphins, Texans), ought to push them towards the Top 5.

8 – CARDINALS (5-1) EVEN


Things get even more interesting for a quiet NFC West title contender these upcoming weeks: host Philly, play at Dallas, then host the Rams and Lions before flying to Seattle. For now the #CardinalsRule

9 – PATRIOTS (5-2) +2

The balanced Patriots walk a tightrope into my Top-10 list. Do they dare to stay?

10 – LIONS (5-2) +3 EVEN

I don’t really care how you get the job done. Just don’t cheat. The Lions defense disrespected the Saints, slapping Drew Brees in the face and intercepting his pass (courtesy of Glover Quinn), with three minutes left down six. #comebackJC

11 – SEAHAWKS (3-3) -2


The defending champions land in boiling water after losing to the nothing-to-lose Rams. Russell Wilson sure looks great but this is where suddenly the Peyton Manning Effect comes into play. The Legion of Boom is playing like the Legion of Brooms. #sweep

12 – TEXANS (3-4) +2

They were up 10-0. Lock down Antonio Brown and Laveon Bell tandem. Recover the rare fumble by Arian Foster. Erase a trick play and the Texans win to go 4-3. They beat themselves, and to me, just seems like nobody’s giving Houston the love they deserve.

13 – DOLPHINS (3-3) +3

Cruising against the Bears AT Soldier Field? OF course they’re climbing up the ladder.

14 – 49ers (4-3) -4


They were competitive against the Broncos…if they were playing the Boise State Broncos.

15 – BROWNS (3-3) -3


They deserve the 32 spot for losing to the Jaguars. Hats off to Gus Bradley’s defense for embarrassing Brian Hoyer and Co.

16 – BENGALS (3-2-1) -1


The Bengals went from partying in the penthouse suite to…renting out the basement in my parents’ townhouse.

17 – STEELERS (4-3) +4


Their win last night puts them back in their rightful place. I knew they’d be back, but still not convinced they could kick the Bengals out of my parents’ basement.

18 – CHIEFS (3-3) +4


Unplugging the Chargers in front of their home crowd? Nasty.

19 – PANTHERS (3-3-1) -2

This brings great sadness but the Panthers’ loss still makes them the top team in the NFC South.

20 – BEARS (3-4) -2


Ask Brandon Marshall.

21 – SAINTS (2-4) -2

After a bye week the Saints still got served. What is there to say? Jimmy Graham had no catches on two targets and Drew Brees probably believes they could still make the playoffs if they clinch the division title.

22 – GIANTS (3-4) -2

Whoever thought the Giants would continue their winning ways…sorry.

23 – FALCONS (2-5) -1

Remember last week I said this team was ‘lackluster at best?’ I’ll reiterate myself.

24 – BILLS (4-3) EVEN

Got a lonnng way to go before I put them in the Top 20.

25 – RAMS (2-4) EVEN

The Warm Seat, starring Jeff Fisher.

26 – REDSKINS (2-5) EVEN

I’m speechless. They were supposed to be 4-3 by this point with names like Alfred Morris, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garc…off.

27 – TITANS (2-5) EVEN

C’mon son.

28 – VIKINGS (2-5) EVEN


Minnesota must learn how to finish games. Rookie Sammy Watkins slayed their secondary on Sunday.

29 – JETS (1-6) EVEN


They almost upended the Patriots. I almost got into grad school. But I didn’t. I’m 29th on my list of friends.

30 – BUCCANEERS (1-5) EVEN

Bye.

31 – JAGUARS (1-6) EVEN

The Jags’ defense is on their way to becoming something special. The journey might take three long movies to finish, but they’re on the way. #LordOfTheRings The humble Blake Bortles is on his way to superstardom, as well.

32 – RAIDERS (0-6) EVEN


I might be able to lead insert favorite team here to a victory of the Raiders.

Oct 21

Tuesday Ravens links: Jimmy Smith still upset over dropped interceptions, John Harbaugh assesses rookie linemen

Read what others are writing about the Baltimore Ravens.

Ravens and Bengals heading in opposite directions

The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec writes that the Ravens and Bengals have gone in different directions since the two teams met in Week 1, with Cincinnati winning.

John Harbaugh assesses play of James Hurst, John Urschel

The Baltimore Sun’s Jon Meoli writes about Ravens coach John Harbaugh’s take on how rookie offensive linemen James Hurst and John Urschel have performed on the left side over the past two weeks.

Could Pernell McPhee price himself out of Baltimore?

ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley writes that with Pernell McPhee’s stock rising, he could wind up becoming too expensive for the Ravens to hold on to.

Jimmy Smith still upset over dropped interceptions

CSNBaltimore.com’s Clifton Brown writes that cornerback Jimmy Smith is still upset over dropping a couple of interceptions he should have had during Sunday’s blowout win against Atlanta.

James Hurst talks about three holding calls

Hurst struggled quite a bit at left tackle during Baltimore’s win over Atlanta, and explains the three holding penalties he picked up, via BaltimoreRavens.com’s Garrett Downing.

Oct 21

Pernell McPhee will pose vexing offseason dilemma

Pernell McPhee has become, by nearly any stretch, one of Ozzie Newsome’s best finds late in the NFL draft as one of the Ravens’ key pass rushers.

The question of whether we can or should retain Pernell McPhee is a tricky one that requires the rest of the 2014 season to fully answer.  As a rotational defensive lineman, one would think the Ravens have already drafted potential replacements but McPhee’s play in 2014 has been nothing short of superb, reminiscent of his breakout rookie campaign, which earned him high praise.

Unfortunately, the case against keeping him is actually straightforward and if we’re being honest, is the more likely one than the case to keep him.

The Ravens have always kept stars but even the most optimistic view of McPhee would struggle to characterize him as such and thus arguably immune to the 80/20 rule. He has been a stellar defender but is not the guy you bring in to be the chief puzzle piece on your defense like, say, Terrell Suggs in his prime would have been, or arguably Jimmy Smith now.

So sure, we could be cynical and chalk up McPhee’s productivity these past few years as playing next to elite players (like we unfairly do for every guy who played alongside the Lewis/Ngata/Reed triumvirate) but that would be selling McPhee way short. He has been legitimately good in his own right.

McPhee has the sacks but more importantly he has also applied pressure via quarterback hits and hurries. These aren’t tracked as rigorously as sacks but they are nearly as valuable and actually more reflective of a team’s pass rush performance. The name of the game is disrupting the passing attack — sacks are just an added bonus.

In any event, because the case against is more compelling, the burden of proof is on the prosecution to argue why he should be kept.

The Case for McPhee is an Economical Argument:  Scarcity of Pass Rushers

The Ravens try harder than you think to keep their free agents but they know the score. There really is only one reason the Ravens could really justify paying out to retain above-average talent Pernell McPhee given their adherence to 80/20 rule: the scarcity of pass rushers.

After quarterbacks, no commodity in the NFL is more prized than a pass rusher and you really need only examine past NFL drafts to see that this is so.  For instance, the last time the #1 overall draft pick was not either a Quarterback, Left Tackle, or primary Pass Rusher, occurred in 1996 with the selection of WR Keyshawn Johnson. Even in the three years where a Left Tackle went #1 overall, the next non-Tackle position selected was… a pass rusher. The teams know the deal, too.

Forget about the clichés you’ve heard about running the ball to win or defending the run.  Those are all good things to do and important for different reasons they are not the prime driver of winning football games.

In the NFL, you need to pass and defend the pass to win, period.  This and this reason alone is why quarterbacks, left tackles, pass rushers, and cornerbacks are the four most premium position groups in the NFL and the players’ salaries reflect this. Keeping the best players is still paramount of course.  For example, you wouldn’t let Marshal Yanda go just so you could keep Mike Oher, but all else being relatively equal, those positions are more valuable and more difficult to fill.

For that reason does Pernell McPhee add so much value to this team and thus would his departure actually be more significant than the usual free agent departure we are accustomed to.

But don’t take my word for it — take Ozzie Newsome’s. Prior to the 2013 NFL Draft he said “you can never have too many pass rushers” which is a companion to his patented “you can never have too many corners” line. That’s no idle cliché from the general manager.

Newsome gets it: the passing game gives you the lead, the run game holds on to it.  Not vice versa.

McPhee reliably wins one-on-one battles in passing downs

One indisputable truism of NFL quarterbacks is that they all perform worse to some degree under pressure. Some turn into pumpkins under pressure but have a strong offensive line to mask it, while others have become famous for their ability to mitigate pass rushes regardless of their line seemingly.  Yet even those quarterbacks play better without huge men bearing down on them relentlessly.

One thing McPhee does reliably is win his one-on-one battles, especially on the inside, to generate interior pass rush pressure.  In the NFL, winning one-on-ones is really the benchmark by which we separate starters from backups.  Moreover, interior pressure is a critical component of enabling outside pressure to get home. No pass rush is built on the back of a single player.

Elite players are always going to face more double teams; however, double teams have a cost:  they create exploitable one-on-one matchups elsewhere.  The best teams are deep enough win those battles more often than they lose them by necessity. McPhee wins them.

Yes, McPhee is probably at best the fourth biggest threat in the front seven after Suggs, Dumervil, and Ngata but let’s not sell him short:  he reliably wins those battles asked of him and that matters.  It mattered a hell of a lot on Sunday when the Ravens offense actually had a disappointing day with two turnovers to go with a muffed punt. The Falcons game was closer than you think. A few less pressures in key moments and our three turnovers might have been enough to let one slip away. Against a better team it would have been.

Forget about McPhee’s draft status — that is now irrelevant. Drafting is hard enough that it would be supremely arrogant for us to think Newsome can wave a magic wand and find a highly productive pass rusher whenever necessary, especially so late in the draft. It is a hell of a lot harder than that.

In any case, where a guy was drafted has no bearing on what his value is four years later. Just ask Richard Sherman or Geno Atkins. Yes, those are better players than McPhee but the point stands:  where you are drafted has no bearing on what you actually contributed and are worth. It isn’t less of a loss to lose McPhee just because he was a fifth rounder and not a first round pick four years after the fact. That is merely the rationalization we would tell ourselves.

Pass rushers are a very scarce commodity. If they weren’t, 35 year olds like Julius Peppers and Jared Allen wouldn’t still be getting $10 million a year even though no other position in football sees such paydays at that age except quarterbacks. Baltimore is better than most at unearthing late round values but it is hardly a given either.

Verdict: 80/20 is supposed to hurt in the short-term

It is hard to imagine Baltimore finding a way to keep a productive pass rush specialist like McPhee but neither will Baltimore blithely let him go without a second thought either. All teams give tremendous thought to constructing a powerful pass rush because all pass rushes are collective efforts and all championship teams must exhibit one. The question is, as always, what is the opportunity cost of retention? All such decisions involve trade-offs. Maybe we get lucky and we find a way. Maybe not.

Those are the high quality problems that strong, deep teams face each year. For now, McPhee is an integral component of a killer Ravens defense and a lot of fun to watch. He does his job exceptionally well.

As always, all football roster decisions are at their core, a question of economics, not X’s and O’s. That’s what players mean when they say “it’s a business”. That’s why Ozzie Newsome gets the big bucks.

Oct 21

2015 Ravens mock draft

Yeah, so what that it’s only week 8 in the NFL? Apparently there are mock drafts out there and I’m gonna show them to you just because I can.

Actually, they are interesting for more than one reason. Not only do we get to see where the analysts think we have a weakness, we get to see where they slot us based on how well they think we will do.

Yeah, so what that it’s only week 8 in the NFL? Apparently there are mock drafts out there and I’m gonna show them to you just because I can.

Actually, they are interesting for more than one reason. Not only do we get to see where the analysts think we have a weakness, we get to see where they slot us based on how well they think we will do.

CBS Sports:

28: Todd Gurley – RB – Georgia

Yeah, I can’t see the Ravens picking a running back in the first round unless he’s a dream player. While looking at the kid’s stats, he seems to be able to hit big plays and he is a former Heisman front-runner, he is currently suspended by Georgia. While the suspension appears to be over signing autographs, a silly rule, it is still a rule broken that could hurt his standing with the Ravens after their last running back smeared the Ravens name around. Honestly, I can’t see the Ravens grabbing him at this spot simply because of Lorenzo Taliaferro waiting in the wings, his suspension and if that doesn’t hurt his draft stock, him being gone well in advance.

Walter Football:

26: T.J. Yeldon – RB – Alabama

So a pattern emerges. Walter football has the Ravens selecting Yeldon from Alabama. Again, I can’t see the Ravens even selecting a back in the first round as there are more pressing needs and the Ravens have had success using the combination of Forsett, Pierce and Taliaferro. While Yeldon is averaging 5.3 yards per carry this season, I’m having difficulty making the connection of the Ravens and a running back, regardless of him coming from Alabama.

DraftTek:

27: Carl Davis – DE – Iowa

Finally, some other choice than a RB. However, it makes about as much sense. The Ravens are currently playing lights out on the defensive line and have depth for days if everyone is healthy. Even with the numerous injuries on the defensive line this season, the Ravens still have been able to rotate more than enough players in with their own strengths to create the best ranked defense in the league to date. While Davis does appear to be a great talent with a great size and could be a potential replacement for Haloti Ngata, reports of his talent level seems to say that he would get picked earlier. DraftTek does appear to understand the Ravens’ needs as they mention that corner and a new #1 WR is needed far more, but that Davis is just a talent that the Ravens couldn’t pass up on.

NFL Draft Geek:

23: Melvin Gordon III – RB – Wisonsin

Ah, back to the running back as being a “no brainer” according to this description. They do mention that Gurley is the first RB off the board (#7 specifically), and list Gordon as being a guy that is rising up the boards already to be the second back of the board. As I’ve mentioned with every running back, the Ravens will likely address it, but not in the first round when they have far more pressing needs unless someone that should have gone in the first 10 picks falls to them. With only two receivers off the boards in the first round total and 4 CBs coming off before the Ravens pick, I can’t imagine that the Ravens don’t look for a top 3 WR at their spot.

Alright, so these are clearly all short sighted as the draft experts apparently haven’t watched a single Ravens game so far this year or have looked at their roster. Also worthy noting that almost all the experts have the Ravens finishing in the upper 20s while NFL Draft Geek has them significantly lower

Oct 21

Ravens report card – Week 7: Defense/special teams

The Ravens are now 5-2 after a throttling of the Falcons 29-7. With two in a row, we look at how each group performed this week.

The Ravens are now 5-2 after a throttling of the Falcons 29-7. With two in a row, we look at how each group performed this week.

Defensive Line: A

Matt Ryan will remember Pernell McPhee for quite a long time as the fourth year player got two of the five sacks the Ravens had on the day as well as numerous hits on the quarterback. Frequently getting penetration or opening gaps for the linebackers to rush through on passing plays, Haloti Ngata and Brandon Williams played well with the rest of the rotation filling in at a high level themselves. Holding the Falcons to only 68 yards is impressive as is holding down Antone Smith, the running back with the most explosive ability in the Falcons’ backfield.

Linebackers: A

Doom and Sizzle made Matt Ryan pee himself all game long. Notching three of the five sacks on the day, with Suggs getting the Ravens’ first safety of the year. Daryl Smith quietly had 13 tackles and C.J. Mosley showed more awareness and quickness as he continues to impress every week. Blitzes, dropping in coverage and tackling were all perfect for this group against the Falcons as they put in one of their best outings of 2014.

Defensive Backs: B+

While still the biggest concern on this defense, the secondary did a great job working together to keep Julio Jones and Roddy White down for most of the game. Dominique Franks did surprisingly well even if he occasionally flailed at the receiver instead of being in good position and looking for the ball; he wasn’t the liability you would have thought he was going to be. The Ravens used every safety in the building Sunday but they all played their parts well, with the team knowing where each player’s strength is at and using it well.

The biggest problem moving forward is teaching the defensive backs how to catch. Several interceptions went through guys’ hands and especially Jimmy Smith, who had one hit him right in the hands like he ran the route.

Coaching: A

Great job by Dean Pees in putting together blitz packages that was able to get to Matt Ryan and keep him guessing on where it was coming from. While the Falcons have their issues, they can still put up points in a hurry and keeping them to seven was a solid job from the coaching staff. The biggest thing that I’ve seen is Pees’ knowledge of his personnel, their strengths and weaknesses and how best to use his guys so they aren’t caught in a bad spot. It sounds easy, but so many teams have great talent but don’t know how to use it properly and are mediocre. Pees is also leading the #1 ranked defense in the league by scoring, which absolutely is something that is on his shoulders this year.

Special Teams: C+

The special teams did a great job of holding Devin Hester to a pretty low return average on both kickoffs and punts. One of the more dangerous returners out there, that is a seriously hard task to do. Seeing Hester go down at the 10 on that opening kickoff was fantastic and shows just how aggressive the whole team is feeling right now. Justin Tucker was able to hit on all of his extra points and field goals for the day while booting the ball for a touchback twice in a nasty wind. Unfortunately, the entire unit gets dinged pretty hard for yet another muffed punt by Jacoby Jones that was picked up by the Falcons. As I’ve written, this is becoming far too common for Jones.

Oct 20

Titans Notebook: Monday’s Top Five Quotes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Media had access to an open locker room as well as Ken Whisenhunt’s weekly Monday press conference. Here are the top five things that came out of today’s presser as the team rea…

Oct 20

Coach Whisenhunt’s Monday Press Conference

TITANS HEAD COACH KEN WHISENHUNT (on injuries from the game) Coming out of the game from an injury standpoint, I know that we had a couple of guys that were nicked up. Shaun Phillips has a hip. I d…

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