Restarting an old reliable this week as we check in with the beat writers of the opposing team to get the inside scoop. This week we check in with John Glennon, who teams with Jim Wyatt to cover the Titans like a blanket for The Tennessean.
1. How much is not having WR Kenny Britt going to affect the Titans offensively?
JG: “It will certainly make a difference, as Britt — when healthy — is a legitimate gamebreaker, a big, athletic man with plenty of speed. On the other hand the Titans’ passing attack was pretty successful last year despite having Britt for just three games. Matt Hasselbeck threw for the fourth-highest passing total in franchise history and receivers like Nate Washington, Damian Williams and Lavelle Hawkins all posted career years.”
2. Who is the one Titans player most Patriots fans don’t know right now, but will by the end of the game on Sunday?
JG: “I suspect it might be second-year middle linebacker Colin McCarthy. He only started seven games last season, but still led the Titans with eight tackles for loss, and added two forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered. He led the NFL this preseason with three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.”
3. What’s the biggest weakness on the Titans’ offense you expect the Patriots to try to exploit?
JG: “Second-year quarterback Jake Locker will be making his first career start, so I’m sure Bill Belichick will throw the kitchen sink at him. The Patriots will force Locker to beat them with his arm, not his legs. He’s never been a highly accurate quarterback, but he’s a great athlete who can really pick up yards if given room outside the pocket.”
4. What’s the biggest weakness on the Titans’ defense you expect the Patriots to try to exploit?
JG: “Titans safety Robert Johnson is talented but inexperienced, having only played in three games — primarily as a special teamer. He’s likely to see a lot of action on Sunday, and I suspect the Patriots will try to get behind him on more than one occasion.”
5. Finally, Titans win on Sunday if….
JG: “… they do a good job of keeping the Patriots’ offense off the field. That means the Titans’ offense must eat up the clock on a regular basis, and it means the Titans’ defense must get off the field on third downs as well as produce a couple of turnovers.”