Tag:Tennessee Titans
Posted on: September 17, 2010 10:44 am
Edited on: September 17, 2010 11:02 am

Podcast: Week 2 early game previews

Posted by Will Brinson

It's Friday, which means we're one good night's worth of sleep from getting about 48 straight hours of glorious football.

Saturday is fun, of course, but Sunday is where the real action happens -- Andy Benoit and I hopped on the old podcast machine this week to preview the games that will be played. This particular segment previews the early games on Sunday, and we discuss whether Marshawn Lynch to Green Bay makes sense (and whether Buffalo can beat Green Bay), what the mess is wrong with the Jets offense (and whether they can hang with the Pats), if Jimmy Clausen's time has come in Carolina, whether Chad Henne needs to just go ahead and retire and give his starting job over to Chad Pennington, and whether or not teams like Kansas City and Arizona can magically go to 2-0.

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 9:02 pm

Chris Johnson's most amazing stat yet

Posted by Andy Benoit

We all know that Chris Johnson posts video game numbers. He has a goal of rushing for 2,500 yards this season, which is crazy but, given he topped 2,000 last season, not ridiculously crazy.

Johnson is the best home run threat in the game today. And, after the little tidbit that Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean pointed out, he belongs in the discussion of best home run threat of all-time. Too soon? Chew on this: Johnson’s 76-yard touchdown run against the Raiders is the eighth touchdown of his career of 50 yards or more. It took Johnson 32 games to reach that mark. The next fastest guy to get eight 50-plus-yard rushing touchdown is Lenny Moore, who did it in 71 games. After that, Jim Brown, 77 games.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:30 am

Titans mascot eats cheerleader alive

Posted by Will Brinson

The video below isn't nearly as serious as the title of this post could indicate. In fact, it's quite humorous and awesome. I just missed it because the Raiders were also getting eaten alive by the Titans. Only in a more figurative sense.

This grub-down by the Titans mascot (Aside: What exactly is he? A round dog? A Titan? A meat puppet? I'm so confused.), however, is just straight up real. And you can tell the announcers weren't ready for it at all, even if the young lady who got swallowed by the Titans dude was.

Posted on: September 13, 2010 3:00 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2010 4:10 pm

Hot Routes 9.13.10: first Monday of the season

Posted by Andy Benoit

A lot of people are wondering why Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley got back in for a few plays after suffering concussions. Fair question.

Pat Yasinkas points out that the Saints have a chance to start 2-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history. They’ll have to beat the 49ers in order to do it.

The huge Week 1 television ratings pretty much confirm that anyone who doesn’t watch the NFL is a loser.A. Hawk (US Presswire)

We’ll join the Revis vs. Moss hype later this week, but here’s a little taste to let you know that, even with the Jets still yet to play, it’s already starting.

Roddy White caught a career-high 13 passes against the Steelers. Matt Ryan targeted him 23 times!

A.J. Hawk did not see the field Sunday against the Eagles because Green Bay spent the entire game in nickel defense. Brandon Chillar is the club’s nickel linebacker.

Here’s another reason to like star running back Ray Rice.

The Giants may want to consider lowering their ticket prices.

Marshall Yanda will start at right tackle for the Ravens Monday night. Jared Gaither and Oniel Cousins are both injured.

The Redskins might still be trying to figure out their offensive line personnel.

Vince Young says he “definitely wants the Heisman” and that he wouldn’t turn it down. But Young also said that Reggie Bush won it “fair and square”. (Of course, if Bush won it “fair and square”, no one would be talking about Young getting the Heisman.)

The Browns started fullback Peyton Hillis ahead of Jerome Harrison at tailback against the Bucs. Hmmm…

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Posted on: September 11, 2010 9:39 pm

Kevin Mawae, poet

Posted by Andy Benoit

We all knew Kevin Mawae was smarter and deeper-thinking than most NFL players (and most people in general, in fact), but did you hear that the guy actually wrote and recited a poem at his retirement press conference?

Here is Mawae’s poem, as transcribed by Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean:

For 16 years, I’ve sweat and I bled, I beat my body and banged my head

The Hawks, the Jets, the Titans, too, my time has ended, I’m finally through

God has blessed me with wealth and fame, all because of this incredible game

(Coaches Tom) Flores, (Dennis) Erickson, (Bill) Parcels and (Al) Groh,

Herm Edwards and (Jeff) Fisher, curfew no more

No 3-techniques, no tilt-nose, no Mike (middle linebacker) and the A (gap), no film study, no practice, no more game days

Out of the tunnel, 65,000 cheer, it’s the end of my season, the crowd’s no longer there

It’s time to move on, I’ve hung up my cleats

No more practice or pads, no blitz packages to beat

The lights are turned out, the grass is all worn, to play or not? I’m no longer torn

God has given me a piece of my heart, it’s time to move on, and get a new start

I’m not quite sure what lies ahead, but He is my shepherd and I will be led

In his heart, a man plans his course, I am thankful to know that I am not that source

He determines our steps, the rest of it goes. What’s next for me? Only He knows

I lie down in green pastures, and I’m not afraid, knowing my plan, God’s already laid

One season ends, and another begins

It’s the dawn of a new day, and the rising of a new sun.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: September 11, 2010 12:27 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 12:30 pm

Hot Routes 9.11.10 tying loose ends before Wk 1

Posted by Andy Benoit

Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry and 49ers tight end Vernon Davis will apparently be renewing a rivalry when their teams square off Sunday.

The Bills signed former Jaguar/Cowboy/Dolphin linebacker Akin Ayodele, a veteran who is well-experienced playing in a 3-4 scheme.

Darrelle Revis and Charles Woodson both recently signed lucrative deals. The Denver Post reports that Champ Bailey could be next. Bailey could sign an extension that would keep him with the Broncos through 2014 (he’ll be 36).

Is it fair to point out that Vikings safety Tyrell Johnson, an athletic second-round pick whom the team probably would have been willing to draft late in Round One, lost his starting job to Husain Abdullah, an undrafted guy who didn’t eat or drink anything during training camp?

Joshua Cribbs is making more of a mark at wide receiver.

Looks like Beanie Wells will be out for Week 1.

Redskins safety Kareem Moore is bouncing back quicker than expected from his August 23 arthroscopic knee surgery. Reed Doughty is still expected to start against the Cowboys.

Is Kevin Mawae a Hall of Famer?

Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is eyeing a midseason return after suffering his second ACL injury in seven months this past spring. The Panthers aren’t ruling him out – he’s only PUP at this point.

Raiders running back Michael Bush is questionable for Sunday with a fractured thumb.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes Ben Roethlisberger will start Game 5 no matter what.

Normally we don’t share stories about parking arrangements for games, but this one is somewhat interesting because the Royals and Chiefs have a rare doubleheader Monday.

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 5:33 pm

Chris Johnson: 'I am the best back in the league'

Posted by Will Brinson

Yesterday, Adrian Peterson pointed out to the world that he believes he is the superior running back to Chris Johnson. As Andy noted, AP is wrong . However, he's totally allowed to be "confident" and "willing to think he's the best" and whatnot; he's still wrong though.

And, you'll never believe this, but CJ didn't just let AP's drift meaninglessly along. Nope, he wants to make sure everyone's aware he's the best, and he said as much on the Dan Patrick Show (via Titans Insider ).

"I feel like he is a good back, and any time he plays he is a player I like to watch play and things like that," Johnson said. "But when it’s competing against him as a player, I don’t think there is a back ahead of me."

Johnson was, however, willing to concede that Peterson might be bigger (which isn't really a concession anyway, since it's, you know, a fact), but added that "I wouldn't say he's stronger or faster."

You won't find a ton of people who will agree with Peterson here -- although "stronger" and "bigger" he can probably have -- and the reality is that there's only one to solve it: production this year.

Johnson obviously won the contest for "better back" in 2009, and I'm pretty confident he'll win it again in 2010 (although, actually, I think Maurice Jones-Drew ends up being the most productive back in the NFL, for whatever the hell that's worth). But any speculation is moot -- if AP wants to be considered the best back in the NFL, he needs to prove it on the field this year.

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 10:41 pm

Podcast: Week 1 early game previews

Posted by Will Brinson

Are you ready for some football? No, seriously, are you?

Because it's football time, people. Less than 24 hours from kickoff.

And that's why Andy Benoit and I are here to run over the Week 1 games with you, doling out helpful information to help you understand who will win, and answering all the important questions about Week 1, like "Is Tampa Bay-Cleveland the worst game of the season?"

So, go ahead. Click the play button. Got a question? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL)

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