Sunday's game in Jacksonville will be blacked out. A divisional game against what is apparently their most heated in-division rivalry, and they can't get sell it out. That's when you know things are rough, my friends.
Chris Johnson has the second worst percentage of plays that go for no gain or a loss this year, despite having the most total yards of any non-QB in the league so far. While on the surface it's a pretty ugly stat, you also have to put some of that blame on the O-line because not many RBs can do much when a nose tackle gets a clean paw on you in the backfield. Our guys are undeniably better at pass protection than the mauling, road clearing run-blocking style Johnson would excel the most with. If only we had a bigger back to loosen things up around the line...
Still, pound-for-pound we have one of the most talented O-lines in the business, which might make them the Bela Fleck and the Flecktones of the NFL. Heck they even both feature greatness named Big Country (the linked song, and right tackle David Stewart) Once you're done with the links, take an hour or so to watch some footage of Bela and Victor Wooten's solo stuff on there... these cats are absolutely unreal.
Follow us through the jump to see what difference make should be back for us this weekend...
Even if Jacksonville fans can't see it, Sunday should be Bo Scaife's return from his week one knee injury. Bo had the game-changing play last year on a brilliant little TE screen which he broke for a long gain.
Cortland Finnegan is almost certainly going to miss the game Sunday, and that ain't good news, but (like Jimmy said earlier in the week) this is the week for him to miss if it's going to happen in the first half of the schedule.
PFW takes a look at the Titans' propensity to play Young over Collins, and comes away pretty convinced it'll take a whole lot more before Fisher is ready to make a change there. The one caveat is Bud Adams, who could change all of that with a phone call. Direct all comments here, the official MCM home for Collins vs. VY arguments.
Hentrich will probably retire in the wake of the calf injury that put him on the IR, but he's not really ready to go that far just yet. How crazy is it that what may have well been Craig's last NFL punt was also the 1,150th of his career?
Here's a breakdown of Sunday's match-up from the Miami Herald.
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