Predictions from the contributors is back for 2011! And as an added bonus, we are going to have a different guest contributor each week. Kicking us off for this season, the Saint of MCM:
"All right, now, I don't want them to gain *another yard!* * You blitz... all... night!* If they cross the line of scrimmage, I'm gonna take every last one of you out"- this is going to be the key for the night. blitz. blitz. blitzing 50 different ways, just blitz. blitz. etc... McCown had the least amount of snaps in the pre-season behind Gabbert and Garrard. Something tells me he is under-prepared and going to get rattled early. As long as we are trying to terrorize him from every direction, I do not expect his 'gunslinger' deep ball to be a threat. If we can hold down Lewis and MJD for the night, I predict a dominating win. Jags defense I am not worried about - they finished 27th in Points Allowed and 31st in Take Aways; so swing away Titans. A steady dose of Johnson & Johnson with a dash of Harper is all we need. "You make sure they remember, *forever*, the night they played the Titans!"
Titans 24 - Prettiest Sparkly Kittens 3
The Titans got a week 1 gift with the news that Garrard will be cut. They'll be faced with journeyman "gunslinger" Luke McCown at QB. This should allow the Titans to load the box and dare the Jags to beat them with the deep ball. With only one proven receiver on the outside, the secondary should be able to shift the majority of their attention to Mike Thomas, making sure to avoid the big play. Offensively, there's no reason to over think things. Get CJ the ball, and, most importantly (other than scoring, of course), minimize turnovers. Titans cruise in a low scoring affair.
Titans 20 - Jaguars 10
The final score may be a little lower than what I have here given the tumult in Jacksonville and the Titans trying to feed Kenny Britt and CJ together for (essentially) the first time with Hasselbeck. My guess is there's a defensive or special teams touchdown somewhere down the line, and Mike Munchak breathes a deep sigh of relief
Titans 24 - Jaguars 21
On paper, these Bedazzlers don't look too good. They don't have their top quarterback and top receiver from a year ago, and Maurice Jones Drew has been limited in practice for a while. Then again, on paper, the Titans don't look great either, with Chris Johnson having practiced for less than a week, and Kenny Britt having played just one series in the preseason. We really have no idea what to expect from Mike Munchak and the Titans in their first real game together, but I'm going out on a limb and I think the Titans will struggle a bit.
Titans barely pull off a win.
Titans 21 - Jaguars 20
This is a huge statement game for the Titans and Mike Munchak. The division is there for the taking, but the Titans have to be ready to step up and take advantage of the opportunity. That starts on Sunday when the Titans go down to Jacksonville and show them what the new era of Titans football is all about. Look for Jared Cook and Kenny Britt
to shine in a Titan victory.
Titans 24 - Jaguars 17
alfie, our guest from Big Cat Country
I actually have the Titans winning the game. I'm not sold on the Jaguars pass rush or pass defense based on what I saw in the preseason. I think they will "contain" Chris Johnson, but Kenny Britt no the outside is going to give them fits. Hasselbeck is still a solid QB in my opinion, and until I actually see improvement on the field, solid QB's can beat them.