Remember, the Titans

Even though the Chargers didn’t play on Sunday and were coming off a pretty great Thursday night win, I wasn’t feeling it yesterday. Usually when the Chargers win I’m hamming it up at the water cooler in my office and high-fiving the mail guy. Yesterday, I was moping around like I usually do when the Chargers lose. In a way, Sunday felt like a Chargers loss. When Ben Roethlisberger’s last second comeback attempt against the Jets fell short, the Chargers pretty much kissed their Wild Card hopes goodbye. Earlier in the day, the Chiefs inched closer to the division title when the Rams (playing for something god awful called the Governor’s Cup) failed to capitalize on some early opportunities and ended up getting manhandled.

Now the Chargers playoff hopes rest on either the Titans or Raiders beating the Chiefs at home (where they’re undefeated) or the unlikely event that both the Bears and Bills beat the Jets. The realization of this is what made me feel down yesterday. Out of those four teams only the Bears have a winning record and since they clinched their division last night they really have nothing to play for. But I woke up this morning, did some research and what I learned was like an espresso shot to my morale. I now think the Titans can beat the Chiefs. And here are four reasons why:

1. The new Arrowhead has been good to the Chiefs. KC is undefeated at home. The only other teams that haven’t lost at home yet this season are the Patriots and Falcons. How is this good news you ask? They Chiefs aren’t nearly as good as the Patriots or Falcons. Do you really see the Kansas City Chiefs going undefeated at home this year? I don’t. I think they’re due for a home loss. This team went 1-7 at home last year and suddenly there a dominant home team? Something doesn’t make sense. They’re the guy at the roulette table who keeps betting red and somehow winning. Eventually it’s going to hit black.

2. If there’s a team dirty enough to go after Matt Cassel’s appendix, it’s the Titans. Remember, this is the team that took out Shawne Merriman (he was never the same after) and Gates during the ’08 playoffs. The Titans are widely acknowledged as one of the dirtiest teams in the NFL. When they smell blood, they will look to hurt you. Don’t tell me Jeff Fisher doesn’t realize KC’s backup QB is Brodie Croyle. He’s going to unleash the hounds and beat Matt Cassel like he owes them money.

3. KC’s rush defense is 16th in the league allowing 4.2 yards per carry and 14th in the league in rush yardage allowed. They’re not that great which means Tennessee, behind Chris Johnson, could have a big day on the ground. Tennessee is ranked 8th in the league in rushing yards per carry (4.8) and 13th in rushing yards. Also, Johnson has rushed for 100+ yards 4 out of his past 6 games including his last two. I feel like you should know these things.

4. There was a time earlier in the season when the Titans were hot. At one point the Titans were 5-2, after Kerry Collins led them to back-to-back wins against the Jaguars and Eagles. Then Collins got hurt, Vince Young blew up, Kenny Britt went down, they had to trot out Rusty Smith at QB (terrible name for a QB BTW) and the Titans were looking at a six game losing streak. Now Collins is healthy and so is Kenny Britt. They killed the Texans last week and gave the Colts a run for their money the week before. My point is these guys aren’t bad. A couple of breaks here and there and they’d be winning the AFC South right now. Titans are a tougher matchup for the Chiefs than most people think.

So there you have it. This game is NOT going to be a cakewalk for the Chiefs. So this Sunday, pop in your gold teeth ala Chris Johnson and root for the Titans. There’s hope and as Charger fans it’s the only thing we can ask for right now.

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  • Ernie Padaon

    thanks Phil… needed that breath of fresh air! I felt just like you yesterday! Thursday games SUCK, cuz I don’t get the Monday morning hangover of a win or a loss!!

    Plus, this Sunday we had to watch both the Chiefs and Jets walk away with a victory. It feels just like a Chargers loss when those teams win right now. Hopefully we get the double win this weekend!!!

    I would hate to rely on the Raiders!

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  • BoltBoy85

    I hope you’re right but I think this year the losses were 1 too many to come back from. The Chiefs are gaining confidence and I think they are just as likely to win out as we are.

  • el charger superbowl

    It might be a close game, but i think Raiders have a better shot at beating Chiefs. They have a better record than Titans for now. also Raiders’ linemen are more physical. They are #2 in running now right behind the Chiefs. Also Cable and Campbell will be playing for job security.

    But one could argue that if they are out of the playoff hunt after next week, they have nothing to play for. Oo … Yeah, we will see

  • zifnab

    1. Most of that is due to the fact that the Chiefs really are just that good. Add in the 12th man at Arrowhead, K.C. is one of the least penalized teams in the NFL, Cassel is a top 5 QB and you get the best team in the AFC West.

    2. N0n-factor. Cassel is just one tough S.O.B. Add to that the fact that K.C. ranks in the top ten in fewest sacks allowed as well as the top ten in fewest QB hits allowed and that threat becomes a non-factor.

    3. We shut down rushing power houses. Our defense only gets burned by the rush by pass happy offenses that have a better than average back. Expect to see CJ get shut down just like every premier back that has faced K.C. all year.

    4. K.C. only allows 20 points per game while we average 23 points per game. That includes our two blow out losses which if factored out of the equation only makes our Defense and Offense that much better than the rest of the AFC West.

    The only problem K.C has right now on either side of the ball is depth. That should be addressed by the start of next season, and should begin the decade of K.C. dominance in the NFL.

    • Ernie Padaon

      1. top 5 qb?!?!? what are you smoking?

      Brady, Manning, Rivers, Vick, flacco, big ben, ryan… when should i stop naming QBs that are better then Cassel?

      you have to be CRAZY.

      2. did you forget the part of TEN being a dirty team. when they hit him, they will make him feel it.

      3. Did we gain 200 yards on the ground against you? didn’t the raiders beat y’all? who is their QB and WRs?

      4. man… if i factored out this and that, then we would already have this division.

      don’t underestimate the titans and don’t OVER-EXAGGERATE your team. you guys have played a simple schedule this season. those titans will play you tough.

      • Phil

        When he said Matt Cassel is Top 5 QB he meant either:

        a)Matt Cassel is Top 5 of USC QBs.


        b) Matt Cassel is Top 5 QB in the UFL.

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  • Chris Tarrants

    Actually I think he ment that Matt Castle is the number two qb in the nfl if you go off the fact that the only qb with less picks than him is tom brady,or the fact that he has one fumble all year and we didnt lose it because he fell back on it.Or maybe it was the fact that he is playing like a man on a mission?Just a thought but hey you guys can keep hanging on to the fact that there might be a sliver of hope for the chargers who could very well loose either game in the next two weeks

    • Ernie Padaon

      first off…. your QB’s name is not CASTLE with kings and queens in it… he spells it Cassel with losses in it this week and next!!

      as much as the Chargers are in a must win situation, the Chiefs are also. You know that the possibility of the Chargers losing any of these next 2 games are slim. Any wrong step by the Chiefs and we step right into the number 1 spot.

      You guys can go back to your ‘castle’ and look forward to the NFL draft.

  • Chris Tarrants

    As far as the Tits being able to run on us well thats just fine with us,I will gladly get into a running game matchup with them or anyone else,the chargers ran over 200 against us but with matt castle out our p.o.s. back up could get a drive to last more then 3 minutes so our d-fense was worn out by the end of the game but with our offense staying on the field with castle under center well I like our odds