The Denver Broncos will slide into week 3 with either 100 lbs. on their back or a metric ton on their back. A 2-0 start would help the Broncos ease into the next three games with slightly less pressure on them.
In week 3, the Broncos visit the Jeff Fisher-less Titans. The last time that happened, the franchise was in Houston and Mike Shanahan was an assistant with the 49ers.
In their first road game of the season, the Broncos face a Titans team that went 6-10 in 2010, but could have certainly done much better with the amount of talent they had on both sides of the ball.
The last time these two teams met, the Broncos walked away with a 26-20 win in October of last season. After such a monumental road win, the team then went on to lose their next four games, and their next nine of ten.
The Titans finished their 2010 campaign ranked 27th in total offense with the rushing game slightly better than the passing attack. Kerry Collins and Vince Young were calling the plays under center essentially splitting starts, but it was Collins who finished with better numbers. It was determined that the Titans would part ways with Young after the franchise gave the QB so many chances to prove himself. According to the organization, this had nothing to do with Jeff Fisher. Now that Fisher is gone, new head coach Mike Munchak, has said that the team will not consider bringing Young back. Collins hits the free agent market, so essentially, the Titans will only have third stringer Rusty Smith on their roster. Elvis Dumervil should be salivatin right about now.
Kenny Britt led the team in receiving yards, and running back Chris Johnson finished the year with 1,364 yards and 11 TDs.
The statistics weren’t much better defensively for the Titans as the team ranked 26th in total defense, 20th in rush defense, and 29th passing defense. Jason Babin got to the opposition’s QB 13 times while Stephen Tulloch led the team in tackles. Michael Griffin led the team in interceptions with 4.
Like the Broncos, the Titans’ success this season all depends on what the team can accomplish this offseason in terms of roster rebuilding.
Taking a game in Music City is never an easy task, but this win would be one sweet tune to Denver’s ear.
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