Thursday, October 22, 2009

Titanic Collapse and a Predator without bite

The season is still young for both the Titans and the Predators, but with both on a six game losing streak, it feels like the season is all but done.
  • I know that the NHL season has just begun, but with the Preds in a six game slide, it almost feels like it is going to be a very long season. After winning their first two games, the Predators have been outscored 22-6. Defense and goaltending were once the mainstay for the Preds. Now it seems like it is just another weak point in the team. One bright note is emerging young talent Colin Wilson. Wilson scored is first goal in last night's 3-2 loss to the Bruins. Wilson has been getting great looks in front of the net and has been distributing the puck well in the offensive zone. Expect Wilson's point total to increase with Jason Arnott on injured reserve. Injuries have plagued the Preds all season long. With the absence of Arnott and Dan Hamuis on defense, the Predators lose veteran presence and leadership. The Predators have been streaky in the past, so expect them to get on a few small winning streaks when Arnott and Hamuis return.
  • The Titans suffered their worst defeat in franchise history last Sunday when they lost to the overpowering Patriots 59-0. An injury ridden secondary was exactly what Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady needed to get back on track. With the absence of Cortland Finnegan, Nick Harper, and Vincent Fuller; Brady threw for 6 touchdown passes and 5 in one quarter. This type of beating is one you only see in video games. I personally did not get to watch the game, but it seems like i did not miss much. When I watched highlights of the game, it looked like the Titans' just quit. There were only two players that looked like they were trying the whole game. Those two players were Keith Bulluck and Chris Johnson. The Titans are going into a well needed bye week this weekend. The fans are on edge and are wanting to see results fast. Earlier this week, Jeff Fisher was seen at a charity event with a Peyton manning Colts' jersey on. Many of the fans that I have talked to are livid by what he did. I think this is an overreaction. What a lot of people don't realize is that he was introducing Tony Dungy at the event. It was a simple joke that people are blowing out of proportion. With that said, I would rather see him on the practice field trying to make adjustments for the second half. The Titans' will be able to heal up this week and host Jacksonville the following weekend. The schedule looks favorable in the second half of the season with them facing teams such as the Jaguars, Rams, Seahawks, and Bills. Jeff Fisher is too good of a head coach to let the team spiral out of control. I expect the titans to finish 7-9 this season.

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