Road warrior Titans look to home stretch

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 1:23am

The Titans have finished their roughest stretch of the season in terms of travel with Sunday’s 38-36 victory over the Houston Texans.

Tennessee opened the season by playing four of its first six games on the road and now has a three-game home stand upcoming beginning with Sunday’s game with the Oakland Raiders. After that, Tennessee hosts Carolina and Jacksonville.

The Titans are one of four teams that had four of six games on the road and fared as well or better than the other three. Like the Panthers, the Titans stand 4-2 through the six road games. The other teams have struggled as the Minnesota Vikings are 2-4 and the Miami Dolphins are floundering at 0-7.

“I think to come off this stretch to where we’ve won on the road — we’re 3-1 on the road — it speaks volumes of this young team. We knew it was going to be a tough stretch, and we look forward to the home stand here,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said.

The Titans schedule also flattens out a bit as well in terms of strength, as only four teams — Carolina, Jacksonville, Kansas City and Indianapolis — currently have winning records among the remaining 10 games on the Tennessee schedule. Still, Fisher won’t take the 2-4 Raiders lightly this week.

“We certainly have quite a challenge on our hands this week. [The Raiders] are one of the top-rated teams running the football. I think they’re third or fourth in the league. It’s kind of one of those things where something has got to budge here this weekend,” Fisher said.

TRYOUTS: With Ahmard Hall out at least four weeks with a broken forearm, the Titans auditioned several fullbacks on Tuesday, including Jeremy Cain, Brad Cieslak, Kyle Johnson, Josh Parry and Derrick Wimbush. The Titans also had linebackers Marquis Cooper, Donte Curry, Jim Maxwell, Rich Scanlon and Rian Wallace in for tryouts as well.

The Titans have an open spot on their practice squad after promoting running back Quinton Ganther to the 53-man roster last Saturday. Ganther and Casey Cramer will vie for the fullback duties while Hall is on the shelf.

BIG DAY: How much longer can the Titans keep rookie first-round pick Michael Griffin out of the lineup? Griffin is doing what he can to make a case for more playing time, as he had six special teams tackles on Sunday against the Texans, five tackles on kickoffs and one on punts. Griffin was a safety at the University of Texas, but has been moved to cornerback by the Titans.

“To be credited for six special-teams tackles in a game is exceptional, five on kickoffs and one on a punt. That is quite an effort,” Fisher said.

QB CONTROVERSY: Word from Oakland is that Josh McCown could get the start Sunday against the Titans instead of Daunte Culpepper, who is 1-2 since taking over for McCown, who is recovering from a broken toe.

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