Titans vs. Panthers: When the Titans Have the Ball

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Javon Ringer #21 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at LP Field on November 6, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

For the 45th time this season, this is the game where Chris Johnson should break out. The Panthers are 28th in the league against the run. They give up over 130 yards a game. If Johnson runs like he did in the first half last week, he should have a big day. If he runs the ball like he did in the other games, Mike Munchak should have a quick hook and get Javon Ringer in there because they are going to need to get the run game going in this one, regardless of who is carrying the ball.

Time of possession is going to be really important in this game.  People like to say that the best defense is a good offense.  Getting the running game going would sure help in this one because it would keep Cam Newton and all of his weapons off the field.

Carolina is 13th against pass. They have an excellent pass rusher in Charles Johnson who has 7 sacks on the season. Michael Roos will be responsible for Johnson most of the day. I feel pretty good about that match-up.

The Panthers, believe it or not, are worse against tight ends than the Titans according to Football Outsiders. That makes this Jared Cook's 45th now or never game as well.

You know the rest.  The Titans need Damian Williams and Lavelle Hawkins to make some plays in this game if they are going to move the ball.  Of course that starts with the receivers and Matt Hasselbeck being on the same page.  That was a problem last week, and it sure looks like it is going to be a problem all year if it was still a problem in week 9.

The Titans are going to have to score some points if they are going to win this game.  I cannot see the Titans defense holding the Panthers under 24-28 points.  The only question is can the Titans offense keep pace?

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