2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Skidding Titans back home looking for edge again

By TERESA M. WALKER - AP Sports Writer
    2013-12-12 16:38

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - So much time has passed since the Tennessee Titans last played in Music City that Chris Johnson says he's not sure of the opponent.

Defensive end Derrick Morgan had to be reminded of the last home win.

Yes, it's been a long time for both.

The Titans will play their first home game in a month Sunday against Arizona. Not that being back in Nashville guarantees anything because the Titans have lost four straight since their last home win Sept. 29 and are 2-4 this season at LP Field. So much for the annual goal of winning all the home games.

Tennessee (5-8) has sold out every game since moving into LP Field for the 1999, and Sunday's game will extend the sellout streak to 153. Not every ticket has been used this season, and safety Bernard Pollard encourages fans not to waste money already spent and use the tickets and have fun even if this isn't the season the Titans wanted.

''And if all fails, I'll take a fine and hit somebody for you,'' the often-penalized and fined safety said with a smile.

This isn't what coach Mike Munchak wanted this season after going 4-4 at home in 2012 en route to a 6-10 finish. Now the Titans have to beat Arizona (8-5) and close out the season Dec. 29 with a win over Houston just to reach that mark for a second straight season.

''We came into the year thinking we could win all our home games, we have to protect our territory,'' Morgan said. ''It just hasn't worked out the way we wanted it too. We need to finish out these last two games at home and the last three games of the season strong.''

The Cardinals have had the opposite problem this season. They come to Nashville just 2-4 on the road with the only wins at Tampa Bay and Jacksonville.

''We just really haven't played well enough,'' Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said. ''Point blank, there's not one recurring theme. It's not this, it's not that. We got to play better. We got to come out fast, we got to explode early, we got to stop them early, and we got to finish the game strong.''

That's exactly what the Titans have wanted since winning their last home game Sept. 29 in a 38-13 rout of the Jets.

But as the losses have piled up, fans are tiring of waiting for a turnaround.

The empty seats have grown along with the team's skid, and tickets for the Cardinals' game could be found Thursday at www.StubHub.com for just $4. Fans are venting their frustration on social media at a franchise expected to miss the playoffs for a fifth straight season despite late owner Bud Adams spending more than $100 million in the offseason.

Pollard has heard fans talk about the Titans stringing them along only to always let them down. He said he can't argue that because they have played good in spots only to fail at the end.

''We're fighting,'' Pollard said of the Titans. ''We have not laid down. We haven't given up. We're going to go out and we're going to put on a show. The shows as of late haven't been good as far as the end result, but we have to turn the corner at some point. I say to the fans continue to trust.''

Notes: Only CB Alterraun Verner (groin), LB Akeem Ayers (groin) and RT David Stewart (shoulder) did not practice Thursday. Munchak said all should practice Friday and play Sunday. ... Leon Washington has played only two games with Tennessee, but his performance in last week's loss to Denver ranks him third in franchise history. He had 209 yards on returns, second only to Bobby Jancik, who had games with 240 and 221 yards in separate games in 1963.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Richard RodgersJul 1 05:03p

Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers could see more playing time in 2015, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Rodgers played 528 snaps, while fellow TE Andrew Quarless played [ More ]

Rob HouslerJun 30 03:13p

Cleveland Browns TEs Gary Barnidge, Rob Housler and Jim Dray could all end up taking over for TE Jordan Cameron, who is now with the Miami Dolphins. Head coach [ More ]

Sam BradfordJun 29 05:22p

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to be in the final phase of his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament once training camp begins. Bradford's second [ More ]

Charles JohnsonJun 29 02:02p

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson appears to have everything it takes to produce in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. 'He's got great work ethic, and [ More ]

C.J. SpillerJun 28 09:02p

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller has a perfect skill-set for head coach Sean Payton's system, which relies on getting the ball to players in space, according Chris Wesseling [ More ]

Tony MoeakiJun 25 07:12p

Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Moeaki will compete with TE Jacob Tamme for the Falcons' starting tight end job during training camp. QB Matt Ryan praised both tight ends for [ More ]

Kelvin BenjaminJun 25 03:52p

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's reported weight gain this offseason is being overblown, according to general manager Dave Gettleman. Gettleman expects Benjamin to be ready to go for training [ More ]

Antoine CasonJun 25 03:03a

Free-agent CB Antoine Cason (foot) will miss the 2015 season due to surgery he underwent on Tuesday, June 23. Cason (Ravens) did not specify what type of surgery he [ More ]

Marvin JonesJun 24 09:13p

Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) did not play in 2014 due to multiple foot and ankle issues, but he is healthy and was impressive in organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.

Keith WenningJun 24 02:43p

Free-agent QB Keith Wenning (Ravens) signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday, June 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Pierre GarconJun 24 02:23p

Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon could be featured more often in the passing game this season based on the offseason workouts. Garcon often lined up to the right of [ More ]

Martavis BryantJun 24 01:43p

Pittsburgh Steelers WRs Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant are expected to compete for the No. 2 wide receiver job during training camp. Both players performed well during offseason workouts.

Peyton ManningJun 24 11:53a

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was the subject of preliminary trade discussions with the Houston Texans, according to a source. The talks occurred before Manning restructured his deal and [ More ]

Rueben RandleJun 24 10:53a

New York Giants WR Rueben Randle was the best receiver on the field by a wide margin during spring practices, in the opinion of beat writer Jordan Ranaan. Randle [ More ]

Chris IvoryJun 24 10:43a

New York Jets RB Chris Ivory is listed as the starting running back entering training camp, according to beat writer Rich Cimini's unofficial depth chart. RB Bilal Powell is [ More ]

Devonta FreemanJun 23 10:22a

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman enters training camp ahead of RB Tevin Coleman on the depth chart.

Joseph RandleJun 23 10:02a

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle appears to be the clear leader at running back, and it's his job to lose in training camp.

Ahmad BradshawJun 22 11:32p

Free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Colts) has been suspended one game for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. If he signs with a team he must sit out for the first week.

Terrelle PryorJun 22 04:33p

Cincinnati Bengals WR Terrelle Pryor was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns Monday, June 22, according to a source.

Fred DavisJun 19 06:02p

New England Patriots TE Fred Davis was released Friday, June 19.

Dennis PittaJun 19 02:22p

Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) was not medically cleared to practice in minicamp as he continues to recover from his second dislocated and fractured hip in as many [ More ]

Isaiah CrowellJun 19 01:22p

Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could be the workhorse back if his ball security improves, according to offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

Devonta FreemanJun 19 01:12p

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will be used in a lot of different ways, including as a receiver, according to head coach Dan Quinn. 'I knew Devonta had terrific [ More ]

Chris OgbonnayaJun 19 11:32a

Free-agent RB Chris Ogbonnaya (Giants) announced his retirement Friday, June 19.

John MoffittJun 18 11:02p

Free-agent OG John Moffitt unretired Wednesday, June 17, and cleared waivers Thursday, June 18. He is free to sign with a team of his choosing. The Philadelphia Eagles, Miami [ More ]

Terrelle PryorJun 18 09:32p

Free-agent QB Terrelle Pryor is going to give it a shot at playing wide receiver in the NFL. Some teams have already expressed an interest.

Allen RobinsonJun 18 09:22p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson was described as 'unbelievable' by QB Blake Bortles Thursday, June 18. 'He's definitely a threat now in the red zone. ... He's physical. He [ More ]

Terrelle PryorJun 18 05:32p

Cincinnati Bengals QB Terrelle Pryor was waived Thursday, June 18.

Taylor ThompsonJun 18 05:32p

Tennesse Titans TE Taylor Thompson was waived Thursday, June 18.

Matthew MulliganJun 18 04:32p

Free-agent TE Matthew Mulligan (Titans) signed an undisclosed contract with the Buffalo Bills Thursday, June 18.

Carlton MitchellJun 18 04:22p

Free-agent WR Carlton Mitchell (Buccaneers) signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, June 18. WR Shane Wynn was waived.

Daniel ThomasJun 18 04:12p

Free-agent RB Daniel Thomas (Dolphins) signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears Thursday, June 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group