The Titans and Falcons enter week four in similar spots. Both teams sit at 1-2, finding themselves needing wins in order to keep pace with the playoff race. Atlanta traveled to Indianapolis last week and took a 27-24 loss to the Colts. They were beaten 28-12 in week one by the Vikings, but managed to beat the Eagles to score their only victory so far this season.
They now welcome the Tennessee Titans to town, which suddenly are looking for a spark in the midst of a two game losing streak. Things looked great for the Titans after a week one thumping of the Browns, but offensive issues have plagued them ever since. Shaky offensive line play and inconsistencies from quarterback Marcus Mariota and offensive coordinator Arthur Smith have left Titans fans with plenty of questions heading into week four.
Going on the road after two consecutive losses has placed the Titans as four point underdogs in this one. The total sits at 46 after opening at 45.
Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will have to go up against what has proven to be one of the league’s stingiest defenses early in the year. Dean Pees’ group completely shut down Baker Mayfield in week one and played well enough to win in weeks two and three.
The Tennessee offense will tell the tale in this one, looking to bounce back from a dreadful week three performance in Jacksonville. A limited Grady Jarrett could help a struggling offensive line, particularly on the interior.
The Titans will be without left tackle Taylor Lewan once again as he serves the final game of his four game suspension. Guard Kevin Pamphile missed practice on Wednesday while rookie guard Nate Davis is working towards being able to see his first action — perhaps as soon as Sunday. Whoever ends up playing in front of Mariota has to be better than last Thursday’s effort in Jacksonville, while Mariota himself has to help his offensive line out as well.
What kind of effort will we see from the Titans on Sunday? Your guess is as good as mine.
What side are you taking?