To preface this probably like many of you I am super scared that the Titans go to San Diego and lay an egg, because quite frankly that is what the we do against the Chargers. I was personally there for the game in 07 when the Titans had a 17-3 4th quarter lead only to blow it (with a little help from the officials), but I digress...
The interesting factoid coming out this week is that the Chargers are first in both offense and defense. However how good are these units really? In terms of yardage they are no.1, but this team has laid plenty of eggs on Special Teams has had an equal number of brain-farts on offense. Certainly these screw-ups have ended up in losses, but more importantly when you give up huge special teams teams plays that is less time your defense is on the field and conversely more time your offense is on the field.
For example ESPN made a big deal about the Cowboys out gaining the Titans by 200 yards, but during the game the Titans had 2 drives that were literally 1-5 yard drives for TDs setup by big plays by Verner and Marriani. The results is the Cowboys defense gives up lets say 6 yards, the Titans offense earns 6 yards, but the real result is 14 points that made a huge difference in the outcome.
Now back to the Chargers. Their systematic failures have resulted in their opponents having short drives for touchdowns, returning kickoffs, punts, blocked punts, etc for touchdowns all resulting in little of no yardage against their defense, while at the same time putting a good offense back on the field again and again with the full field ahead of them. In other words yardage doesn't tell the story of how good these unit are or aren't and bottom line if the Titans hit big plays against this team on Defense and Special Teams which is our current modus operandi perhaps we'll leave San Diego with a win and the Charger will still be the top ranked Offense and Defense.