Story of the Game: No Turnovers
For only the second time in 2007, Vince Young did not throw an interception and achieved a season-high 109.6 quarterback rating by passing for 191 yards and throwing two touchdown passes, both to Roydell Williams. Tennessee’s offensive backs (including VY) carried the ball 36 times for 148 yards and no fumbles.
On the other hand, Kansas City’s Brodie Croyle was forced to throw the ball 43 times and threw two interceptions. One of the picks was by Michael Griffin, who has now caught an interception in the last three games.
The Other Story of the Game: Nashville, we have a running back
It’s time to give LenDale White his due. He has 960 yards rushing and seven rushing touchdowns with two games remaining on the schedule. He ran for 93 yards against the Chiefs and had 113 yards last week against the Chargers.
White has outrushed former USC teammate and 2006 number two overall draft pick Reggie Bush in his NFL career. He is showing the promise he demonstrated while at USC. If White continues to perform at this level, he will have been a steal as the 45th pick in the 2006 NFL draft.
Next Week: J-E-T-S … Jets! Jets! Jets!
This matchup concerns me more than week 17 versus the Colts. The New York Jets have nothing to lose. Also, quarterback Chad Pennington might start. I have a lot of respect for Pennington. He doesn’t have a strong arm but he is very intelligent and can dink and dunk a defense to death.
Remember game one of the 2006 season? Pennington completed 24 of 33 passes for 319 yards and two touchdown passes against the Titans in Nashville.
The Jets also have shifty Leon Washington, who is a more than capable kickoff returner and running back. The Titans defense is banged up and hasn’t been tackling well lately. Tennessee can beat the Jets but the Titans better not take them for granted.
The Titans have won game one of its must-win series. Unfortunately, Tennessee remains team number seven in a six-team race for the playoffs. Titans fans need to hope for either the Cleveland Browns or the Pittsburgh Steelers to collapse, because the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t going away.
(Side note: Jacksonville is solid. This is hard to admit, but the Titans are not in the same league as the Jaguars. Jacksonville is playing like I wish the Titans would play. The Jags are consistent at the quarterback position, have two explosive running backs and play with intensity on defense. Tennessee has a lot of work to do in the offseason to raise its talent level to that of the Colts and Jags.)
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