I can't sleep and I keep dwelling on how our running game didn't come together this season. So I went looking to see where we ended up in rushing attempts in each of the game. I'll grant that the data is raw and doesn't not factor in game-specific situations, BUT it does allow for a moment of pause and then you just scratch your head and wonder, "Really? What were they thinking?" Nevertheless, here's the breakdown on rushing attempts vs. each of our opponents this year:
Breaking down the divisional games from the total number of attempts that I found at ESPN.com yields this:
1st Jacksonville game: 36 rushing attempts
2nd Jacksonville game: 17 rushing attempts
1st Houston game: 11 rushing attempts
2nd Houston game: 28 rushing attempts
1st Indianapolis game: 24 rushing attempts
2nd Indianapolis game: 25 rushing attempts
Dallas, Oakland, the 1st Jacksonville game, the 2nd Houston game, Giants game, and the Philadelphia game--ALL OF THE TITANS WINS THIS SEASON--had 26 rushing attempts or more. Every loss we experienced this year, we rushed less than 26 times. Once this team broke the 25 rushing attempts barrier, we won. The Titans have the best RB in football and the ultimate game-changer. Javon Ringer is a solid #2 back as well. Not committing to CJ or Ringer guaranteed a Titan lose.
This is a crude analysis of some stats this season, but it does confirm that we should have ran the ball more instead of getting overly pass-happy.