Music City is rocking! A mean green wave is invading Nashville this week as the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are set to tussle with the Tennessee Titans. Philly fans hopefully got stuck in their overcrowded airport as the crazed bird fans try to fly south to Tennessee. The big question this week is, can the high octane Eagles offense overcome the surprisingly stout Titans defense? Can the raw, talented Titans offense finally click and get things rolling against the Eagles?
What To Watch For
Marcus Mariota’s Elbow and Throwing Ability
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is no stranger to injury. It always seems as if there is something nagging at him. Mariota took a shot to the elbow in week one and injured his ulnar nerve. This has limited his throwing ability as he still has had some trouble with numbness in his fingers. Mariota is slotted to start this week and this is a huge vote of confidence from the coaching staff. Mariota led the Titans to a 9-6 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars after Blaine Gabbert left the game with a concussion. Philly presents Mariota with a suspect secondary to throw against, as long as the offensive line can keep him upright. This game could very well come down to Mariota’s ability to grip it and rip it this week.
Carson Wentz Rusty?
It’s certainly no surprise to anyone that when Carson Wentz returned last week from his ACL tear he didn’t exactly scorch the Earth beneath his feet. Wentz gave the Philadelphia faithful a lot to be optimistic about, but the best way to describe his performance was just…okay. Wentz was efficient, completing 25/37 passes for 255 yards with a touchdown, an interception, and a lost fumble. Not quite Wentz’s head-turning numbers from last season. He still showed flashes of what made him special last season as he scrambled for first downs. Wentz even took an awkward hit to the knee and got right up. Wentz’s knee is fine, he just needs a few games to get back in the swing of things.
Titans OL vs Eagles DL
Anyone that played the Eagles last season knows just how terrifying that Eagles front seven is. Fast, powerful, disruptive, and extremely physical. According to Pro Football Focus'(PFF) OL/DL matchup chart, the Eagles have a major advantage against the Titans pass protection. Ironically, the Titans weakness in the offensive line is their run protection and lane creation. This is a wash according to PFF. For the Titans to have a chance in this game they need to control the clock and pound the rock.
This game is going to come down to the battle in the trenches. Tennessee has a young, raw pass rush and a very good offensive line. Philadelphia’s defensive line is just going to be a little too much in this game. Eagles win 21-17.
Kickoff: 1 pm ET (FOX)