Eh oh. If the goal of an NFL team is to be playing well at the end of the season then I’m not sure the Titans got that memo. Not only did they lose to the Houston Texans on Sunday, they have now found out that they will be without Albert Haynesworth (MCL) and Kyle Vanden Bosch (groin) until the playoffs.
“I look at this as good news, we’re expected to have them both back for the playoffs,” Jeff Fisher said.
Uh huh. This is a serious blow for the Titans in their quest for home-field advantage (they’ve already clinched the division and a first-round bye).
Albert Haynesworth is arguably the best defensive player in football. In 2007, he missed three games due to injury. They lost all three games. You get the point.
The Titans have been amazing this year, but they haven’t been blowing people out. They grind it out and make you earn it. Without Haynesworth and Vanden Bosch, you can move the ball and score much easier. The big problem for Tennessee is that they aren’t built to come from behind. Their wide receivers are pretty much garbage and Kerry Collins’ shoulder aren’t the type you want to put a game on.
We’ll see what happens in the playoffs, but the entire NFL is absolutely wide open right now with the Titans and Giants suffering injuries and playing poorly. If I’m Pittsburgh or Indianapolis, I’m a pretty happy camper right now.