Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Kudos To The Tennessee Titans!


Considering that the Tennessee Titans began the season 0-6, and with only 2 weeks remaining are still alive for a playoff spot-- well, its an amazing accomplishment.

The Titans (7-7) have had a remarkable last couple of months, winning 7 of 8 to put themselves in a position to be at least mathematically alive.

And they've been doing it in dramatic fashion. Just ask the Houston Texans, the Arizona Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins.
  • In the Houston game, Titans' kicker Rob Bironas kicks a 53-yard winning field goal with less than a minute to play. Titans 20, Texans 17.
  • In the Arizona game, quarterback Vince Young throws a touchdown pass to Kenny Britt with 0.00 left in the game. Titans 20, Cardinals 17.
  • In the Miami game, Bironas kicks a 46-yard winning field goal in OT after the Titans intercepted Miami QB Chad Henne's pass. Titans 27, Dolphins 24.
I guess-- what goes around comes around. The same way the Titans are winning of late is the same way they were losing, well let's say, of early. Tennessee lost its first 3 games of the season by 3, 3, and 7 points. All 3 games were in Tennessee's grasp. Had they won 2 of those 3 games, they would have already clinch a playoff spot. But, it is what it is.

Even if the Titans don't make the playoffs, its been a season well salvaged. It looks like Vince Young has finally gotten his act together and is ready to take the reigns (handed to him by his mentor, the late-Steve McNair) as the Titans' QB for years to come. Good for him! It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

And then there's Chris Johnson. What can I say? The guy is money! With apologies to Adrian Peterson, but Johnson is the baddest, the fastest, the best running back in the NFL.

A quick look at Johnson's magic--

  • 1730 rushing yards; 446 receiving yards; 2176 all-purpose yards. Lookout Marshall Faulk, with 2 games left Johnson only needs 253 yards to break your all-time record of 2429 all-purpose yards.
  • He needs 270 yards to become the 6th running back in NFL history to rush for 2000 yards in a season.
  • He's had 9 consecutive 100-yard games.

Awesome! The guy is a human highlight show.

Anyway--

For overcoming so much turmoil and salvaging their season, I say, "Kudos to the Titans!"

Photos courtesy of the AP

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