Tennessee (1-1) hosts San Diego (1-1) at LP Field at noon, CT Sunday in a matchup of teams that have each led Houston in the fourth quarter only to suffer losses in the past two weeks.
“It was a little aggressive. It was a physical practice,” tight end Delanie Walker said. “It was fast, intense. I think everybody felt that loss and you could tell by the way we practiced today.”
“Coaches have kind of been preaching about our tempo, which is something we need to improve,” Washington said. “We need to be better in and out of the huddle and getting lined up and just running our offense with confidence. I think the things they put in the game plan are definitely going to help us out this weekend.
“We’ve watched extra film on the Chargers, trying to understand what they do and who they are so it’s really a matter of us executing,” Washington added. “We have to be better executers with the game plan we have.”
Titans coach Mike Munchak said he liked the energy and excitement, “especially for a Wednesday,” from start to finish.
“Usually Wednesdays are kind of hard-to-get-started days,” Munchak said. “So, I thought they did well. They need to have a good week, and hopefully that will lead to a great effort on Sunday.”
After falling behind 16-10 early in the fourth quarter in Houston, the Titans mounted a 99-yard drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass from
A 23-yard interception return for a touchdown by
Through two weeks the Titans have been run-oriented with an NFL-high 75 rushes (50 by Johnson for 166 yards) and 50 pass attempts, which is the lowest number in the NFL.
Tennessee may want to pass more this week because San Diego has allowed a league-high 375.5 passing yards per game or need to pass more to keep pace with a Chargers offense that’s tied for fourth in scoring with 30.5 points per game.
HOME AGAIN: Tennessee has spent more time away from LP Field than any other NFL team from its respective home stadium. The Titans and Miami Dolphins (2-0) were the only two teams to open the regular season with two road games, and Tennessee was on the road for its final preseason game at Minnesota.
Walker, who was still recovering from a knee scope during the preseason, said he’s been looking forward to playing in front of Titans fans at home for the first time.
“I was just sitting on the sideline while my teammates played, so I’m actually excited to play in front of our own crowd and get to see them cheer for us and for them to see us at home against a good football team and the way we play,” Walker said.
Locker said he’s expecting a “good atmosphere” fueled by a “great crowd.”
“It will be fun to have third down not rocking for us and rocking for the defense, so it will be a good advantage for us,” Locker added.
The Titans were road underdogs in both games, and while they said they did miss some offensive opportunities in both, they’ve also avoided committing a turnover this season in two tough environments.
The reward for the long-time absence is three consecutive home games, but Tennessee will have another long gap with three road games between hosting Indianapolis on Nov. 14 and Arizona on Dec. 15.
INJURIES: Munchak said
Munchak said he’s hoping Stewart and Brown will be able to return Thursday and Wright is under evaluation after developing a headache Tuesday. Wright suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit from Texans CB Kareem Jackson during the 99-yard drive.
“(Wright’s) in the program under evaluation because of the hit. He was fine after the game. He was fine during the game,” Munchak said. “He came in Monday and worked out and was doing fine. I think Tuesday he just felt not quite himself. We’re just being cautious with him.”
Wright, who held onto the ball after the hit, said he’s never experienced a concussion and is looking forward to returning.
The hit by Jackson prompted a $42,000 fine by the NFL, the same amount that was levied against Titans safety