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The Titans and Panthers find themselves in similar spots ahead of today’s matchup

Tennessee Titans v Jacksonville Jaguars Photo by Perry Knotts/Getty Images

The Tennessee Titans didn’t expect to be 3-7 with Will Levis as the starting quarterback when the Carolina Panthers came to town. This was supposed to be a team in contention for an AFC South title led by Ryan Tannehill. Unfortunately, it hasn’t played out that way. Tannehill wasn’t playing well before getting hurt and giving way to Levis. The Titans knew they had some holes coming into the season, but every position group has been even worse than expected when the season started.

The Panthers, on the other hand, knew they were going to have a tough year. The plan all year was to roll with a rookie quarterback, Bryce Young, and hope that he could somehow elevate the guys around him. It hasn’t played out that way for them, but even if Young had been really good so far, the Panther would probably only have a couple more wins on the season.

Today we get to see the rookie quarterbacks face off in a game that doesn’t have very much significance in the standings. On the Titans side, however, we could be looking at a heavy Derrick Henry game. Carolina’s defense has been pretty good against the pass and pretty bad against the run. The Titans are a 3.5-point home favorite. This might be the last time in Henry’s career with the Titans that they are favored. Feeding King Henry could take some pressure off of Levis and allow the Titans to control the game. I’d love to see him go for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns in this one to lead the way for the Titans.

Henry could be the difference in a game with two teams that are looking for answers on rookie quarterbacks.

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