Sunday preview: Titans vs. Redskins

Friday, November 19, 2010 at 12:32am

 TENNESSEE TITANS (5-4) vs. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-5)

Noon (CST), Sunday

LP Field, Nashville

TV: Fox (Comcast, Ch. 6) Radio: WGFX-FM 104.5

About the Titans:

• They scored 17 points in last Sunday’s loss at Miami. It was just the second time this season they have been limited to fewer than 20 (both losses).

• Opposing tight ends have had 100-yard receiving games each of the last two games. San Diego’s Antonio Gates had five receptions for 123 yards and Miami’s Anthony Fasano had five catches for 107 yards. Each scored a touchdown.

• Defensive end Dave Ball has six sacks in the past seven games. The fourth-round draft pick by San Diego in 2004 had 4.5 in six previous NFL seasons, which included time with four different franchises. The Titans are tied for third in the league with 27 sacks.

• Quarterback Vince Young will make his second start in the last four games. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in seven of his eight starts and has been intercepted three times on the season, just once since a Week 2 loss to Pittsburgh.

• Opponents have completed 64.5 percent of their passes, and three have connected on at least 70 percent.

About the Redskins:

• They gave up 59 points Monday night in a loss at Philadelphia. It was the second straight time and fourth this season (all losses) that they allowed 30 or more.

• Chris Cooley is tied for second among all NFL tight ends with 42 receptions. The seventh-year veteran has caught multiple passes in every game but has not scored a touchdown in the last five contests.

• Linebacker Brian Orakpo has 5.5 sacks in the last five games and 7.5 for the season. The 2009 first-round draft pick had 11 as a rookie. The Redskins are tied for 16th in the league with 19 sacks.

• Quarterback Donovan McNabb has thrown at least as many interceptions as touchdowns in each of the last seven games. He has been picked off eight times in the last four contests and his 11 matches his high for each of the last nine seasons.

• Opponents have completed 64.6 percent of their passes, and seven have connected on more than 60 percent.

Something to consider:

• The Titans have won 12 straight against teams from the NFC, which is the fourth-longest interconference win streak since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.

• Washington has lost their last four against the AFC South, which includes two games this season (Houston in overtime and Indianapolis) and the last meeting between these teams, a 25-22 Tennessee victory on Oct. 15, 2006.

• The Redskins have allowed twice as many passing touchdowns (18) as they have scored (nine). The Titans have scored more than twice as many rushing touchdowns (10) as they have allowed (four).

• The road team has won the last three in this series, including the Redskins’ only previous visit to LP Field, a 31-14 Washington victory on Oct. 16, 2002.

Prediction:

Both defenses will be aggressive in the wake of some disappointing performances, which will force the offenses to be conservative and put together some long scoring drives.

The Redskins will be able to run the ball effectively on first down, which will keep them out of third-and-long. The Titans, with Vince Young at quarterback, will rely on underneath routes and swing passes to the backs to accomplish the same.

Provided Young stays healthy throughout the contest, he’ll piece together a drive in the closing minutes that ends with a field goal and provides the difference on the scoreboard.

Titans 24, Redskins 20

4 Comments on this post:

By: MetalMan on 11/19/10 at 5:23

Orakpo will be keying on Chris "Spastic Head" Johnson. The Titans better air it out. Maybe Young can play a few minutes before he gets "hurt" again.

By: house_of_pain on 11/19/10 at 9:14

Titans 26
Foreskins 9

By: gdiafante on 11/19/10 at 9:24

If Monday Night was more an indication of the porous Washington D than the divinity of Michael Vick, this could be a great game for Moss. I could see Finnegan getting a few picks...

Titans 35
Washington 3

By: jwk6179 on 11/21/10 at 5:04

Titans 26
Foreskins 9

That's JUST SO ORIGINAL AND SO FUNNY! How old are you, 10?