2014 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

Sam BradfordApr 24 06:02p

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota could be selected by the Philadelphia Eagles if the team could make trades with the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans, according to one draft rumor. [ More ]

Chris PolkApr 24 05:42p

Philadelphia Eagles restricted free-agent RB Chris Polk's tender offer has been rescinded by the Eagles, according to a source. Polk will become an unrestricted free agent and allowed to sign with any team.

Jaiquawn JarrettApr 24 04:52p

New York Jets restricted free-agent SS Jaiquawn Jarrett signed his tender offer Friday, April 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Hakeem NicksApr 24 01:42p

Free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Colts) agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal with the Tennessee Titans Friday, April 24.

Justin BlackmonApr 24 12:42p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon is likely done with the Jaguars if he's reinstated into the league, in the opinion of beat writer Ryan O'Halloran.

Adrian PetersonApr 23 05:22p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may not be in the Dallas Cowboys' plans after all, according Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports. Robinson said the Cowboys have not spoken to the Vikings regarding Peterson.

Demaryius ThomasApr 23 03:32p

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas has decided not to participate in offseason workouts because he does not want to suffer an injury, but general manager John Elway does not [ More ]

Will HillApr 23 03:12p

Baltimore Ravens restricted free-agent FS Will Hill signed his tender offer Thursday, April 23, according to sources. Hill received a one-year deal worth $1.54 million.

Andre EllingtonApr 23 03:02p

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington's (foot) injured foot is about 95 percent healed, and Ellington has not suffered any setbacks, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

M. Jones-DrewApr 23 02:22p

Free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Raiders) will sign a one-day deal to retire as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars next Tuesday, April 28. He played nine seasons and rushed [ More ]

Victor CruzApr 23 02:12p

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) said he believes that he will be ready to play in the season opener next season and play like he did before he suffered the injury.

Justin TuckerApr 23 01:52p

Baltimore Ravens restricted free-agent PK Justin Tucker has signed his one-year tender offer. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bear PascoeApr 23 12:52p

Free-agent TE Bear Pascoe (Falcons) signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears Thursday, April 23. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sam BradfordApr 23 01:53a

The Philadelphia Eagles and QB Sam Bradford have yet to make significant progress on a contract extension sparking speculation the quarterback might be traded again, although head coach Chip [ More ]

Brandin CooksApr 22 11:43p

New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (knee) spent time training together with QB Drew Brees during the offseason in San Diego. 'Man, I love everything about him, his makeup, [ More ]

Greg JenningsApr 22 06:13p

Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) signed an undisclosed deal with the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, April 22.

Philip RiversApr 22 05:33p

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers may be losing faith in the organization, according to NFL Network analyst and former Chargers' RB LaDainian Tomlinson. 'The parts around him keep [ More ]

Jacques McClendonApr 22 04:13p

Free-agent OG Jacques McClendon (Jaguars) signed an undisclosed deal with the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, April 22.

Adrian PetersonApr 22 02:23p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not expected to be traded by the Vikings unless the team is overwhelmed by an offer from another team, according to a source. [ More ]

Antonio BrownApr 22 02:23p

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown said he is not participating in voluntary workouts because he is spending time with his newborn child. Brown said he will report to offseason [ More ]

Marvin LewisApr 22 11:33a

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis signed a one-year extension Wednesday, April 22. He's under contract through the 2016 season.

S. RichardsonApr 21 05:23p

Kansas City Chiefs CB Shaquille Richardson (undisclosed) was released Tuesday, April 21, with a failure to disclose physical condition designation.

Adrian PetersonApr 21 01:52p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains a candidate to be traded, and a source close to the situation believes that if he isn't traded before or during the 2015 [ More ]

Dennis PittaApr 20 06:52p

Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) is participating in the team's voluntary conditioning program that started Monday, April 20. Pitta's career remains in doubt after fracturing his right hip [ More ]

Prince AmukamaraApr 20 05:22p

New York Giants CB Prince Amukamara (biceps) said he's about 90% recovered from a torn biceps he suffered last season.

Adrian WilsonApr 20 05:02p

Updating a previous item, free-agent SS Adrian Wilson (Bears) signed a contract to officially retire with the Arizona Cardinals.

Tim TebowApr 20 03:52p

Free-agent QB Tim Tebow (Patriots) officially signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, April 20. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Adrian PetersonApr 20 01:42p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not in attendance for the start of the team's offseason workout program Monday, April 20, according to league sources. However, Peterson hasn't attended [ More ]

Antonio BrownApr 20 11:02a

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is seeking a new contract and could hold out from minicamps and training camp, according to sources.

Adrian WilsonApr 20 07:22a

Free-agent SS Adrian Wilson (Bears) is expected to retire Monday, April 20, and join the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff. The Cardinals, the team Wilson played for from 2001-2012, have announced a press conference.

Tim TebowApr 19 07:42p

Free-agent QB Tim Tebow (Patriots) is expected to sign a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, April 20.

Stefen WisniewskiApr 18 01:02p

Free-agent C Stefen Wisniewski (Raiders) signed a one-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday, April 18. Financial terms were undisclosed.

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