For the first time in franchise history, the Tennessee Titans will play in a regular season international game. The Titans take on the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, in London.
This isn’t a “must win” game for Tennessee, but it would certainly help to break up a two-game skid, heading into the Titans bye week.
The Titans have a tall task in front of them, taking on a red-hot Chargers team, who has won three straight. Los Angeles bolts into Sunday’s matchup with the Titans boasting a potent offense, which runs through running back Melvin Gordon.
Linebacker Wesley Woodyard, “In the red zone, he’s one of their top targets, and we know what type of runner he is. He’s a guy that’s good on the edge and fine to beat you with his speed.”
Quarterback Philip Rivers, in his 15th season, is off to one of his best starts of his career, having thrown 15 touchdown passes so far this season. Putting pressure on the veteran will be key for the Titans defense.
Philip Rivers obviously is Philip Rivers. He’s a top, elite quarterback in the league,” added linebacker Brian Orakpo.
While the Titans’ defense will have its hands full, the offense needs to help out. Tennessee hasn’t scored a touchdown in the last three out of four weeks. They rank near the bottom of the NFL in total offense, just above Arizona and Buffalo.
“It’s a new week, a new plan, and our guys, they came to work this week. There’s no doubt about it. Unfortunately, this is a humbling league and we’ve been humbled the past two weeks,” said offensive coordinator Matt LeFleur.
The hope for a revived offense won’t be all on Mariota. The Titans’ offensive line will have to rebound from last week’s embarrassing performance, giving up 11 sacks. They were quiet in the locker room this week, not speaking with the media.