Tennessee Titans : These Five Players Need To Play Well vs. Detroit

By Stephanie Umek
Jared Cook 2012 NFL Season

Football is a team sport, when one person fails, the whole team loses, that’s a message that the youngest athletes learn from day one. There are many reasons as to why the Tennessee Titans have not won a regular season game yet.

He has a lot to prove to people, especially with all of his cocky comments calling out his own offense within the past week. He currently has 21 yards on 19 carries this season between the two games against the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers. But fortunately for him, he is a few yards away from a Tennessee Titans franchise milestone.

1.)    As of right now Chris Johnson has 5,666 career rushing yards and 1,484 receiving yards. If Johnson is able to get 16 more receiving yards, he will become that second player in the franchise to reach 5,000 rushing yards and 1,500 receiving yards.

2.)    Fortunately the Titans receiving game has some yards on their side. This would be due to receiver Nate Washington, who has one of the two touchdowns this season for Tennessee. He has 73 yards so far in two games but that’s not going to be enough to get the Titans some wins. He can’t do it on his one, but he needs to continue to gain distance for his team.

3.)    Week 3 marks the second straight week that Defensive captain Colin McCarthy will sit with an injured ankle. This means that linebackers Will Witherspoon and rookie Zach Brown will have to make all the stops. Despite the Detroit Lions only scoring 46 points this season, they have done most of their work in the second half of the game. The Titans defense can’t get lazy towards the end of the games, because Detroit will run right over them.

4.)    There’s no questions asked. Jake Locker must do a better job at the quarterback position. It’s very exciting and challenging to be named the starting quarterback. Clearly, the coaching staff saw something in him over veteran Matt Hasselbeck, but he has yet to show any real power. Locker has completed 38 of 62 attempts for 403 yards this season.

5.)    He is probably the most underestimated player on the team this season for the Titans. He has been very quiet and that is probably because so much pressure has been put on his teammates. But Jared Cook has 7 receptions for 87 yards and shows a lot of promise in his consistency. Ironically, he gained more yards against the Patriots in week one, racking up 64 of those yards this season.

The Titans have one of the worst offenses in the NFL right now with only 219 passing yards and they are ranked last in the league with only 29 rushing. Compared to the Lions’ 560 rushing and 82.5 rushing, Titans will have to pull out all the stakes on the run game if they want to be successful in week 3.

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