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17.05.2019 11:12
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EAST RUTHERFORD Cameron Wake Jersey , N.J. (AP) —and New York Giants aren’t paying much attention to playoff scenarios.They are on the outside looking in at the postseason heading into their game Sunday at MetLife Stadium, and their best chance to make the playoffs is to win their three remaining games.The road for the Titans (7-6) is not as complicated as for the Giants (5-8).Tennessee has won two in a row and it needs to win out against the Giants, Washington and Indianapolis, while Baltimore and Miami each lose once.Despite winning four of five since the bye week, the Giants need a miracle to get to the postseason. It would involve winning their final three (Indianapolis and Dallas after Tennessee) and getting a ton of help. The oddsmakers have given them a less than one percent chance of success.The bottom line is Eli Manning, Saquon Barkley and company are playing well and they will be a major challenge for the Titans, who have been inconsistent since the start of October.“The only thing that can really keep us focused on the task at hand is knowing that we have to win out to pretty much put ourselves in a good position to make the playoffs. For us to be looking at different scenarios and all those things right now is kind of pointless because you can see in the NFL you can’t judge, you can’t pencil nobody in at this point,” Titans safety Kevin Byard said. “We have to control what we can control, and that’s beating the Giants.”The Giants are coming off their best game in years. Playing without star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (quadriceps), they beat the Washington Redskins 40-16 in a game in which Manning threw three touchdowns and turned things over to rookie Kyle Lauletta at the start of the fourth quarter with a 40-0 lead.“We have so many weapons on this team, and we’re still figuring it out,” said Barkley, who ran for a career-best 170 yards and scored on a 78-yard run. “Right now, when you got Eli throwing for three touchdowns and we’re rushing for over 200 yards as a team, special teams is playing great, defense is giving us great field position with the help of special teams, our defense is making plays. That’s what coach has been saying, teams beat teams. Players don’t beat teams. We’ve been playing at a high level as a team. We got to keep it up down the stretch, and it starts with the Titans.”Five things to watch Sunday:SACK ATTACKThe sacks are finally coming in bunches for the Giants. After getting 14 in the first 11 games, the defense has had five each in the last two games. Linebacker Olivier Vernon, who was under the microscope after getting one in six games in an injury-plagued season, has 3½ in the last two games. Rookie tackle B.J. Hill had three against the Bears.RUN DERRICK RUNDerrick Henry just posted the first 100-yard rushing performance this season for Tennessee with his franchise-record 238 yards in the Titans’ rout of Jacksonville. Now the question is whether he can follow that up. The TItans haven’t had back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances since DeMarco Murray in October 2016.RUN SAQUON. CATCH SAQUON.Barkley has rushed for at least 100 yards in four straight games and is third in the NFL with 1,124 yards rushing. His 5.4-yard average is the team’s highest since Brandon Jacobs averaged 5.6 in 2006. The rookie also is second in the league with 1,753 yards from scrimmage, 11 yards behind Ezekiel Elliott of Dallas. Barkley leads the Giants with 78 catches, one more than Beckham. He needs 11 receptions in the final three games to break Reggie Bush’s 2006 record of 88 by a rookie running back.PICK HAPPYThe Giants have 11 interceptions since their bye week Dennis Kelly Jersey , linebacker Alec Ogletree leading the way with four in the last four games, including two touchdown returns. Safety Curtis Riley got New York on the scoreboard against Washington last weekend with a 9-yard return for a touchdown. This is the first season the Giants have scored three touchdowns on interception runbacks since 2007. Ogletree leads NFL linebackers with five interceptions, and he has tied the single-season team record for interceptions by a linebacker, set by Jerry Hillebrand in 1963.THE REPLACEMENTSThe Titans lost a pair of starters to injured reserve earlier this week with tight end Jonnu Smith, a replacement for three-time Pro Bowler Delanie Walker, and right tackle Jack Conklin because of knee injuries. Anthony Firkser, who came into the NFL in 2017 as an undrafted player out of Harvard, is expected to get more work with Smith out. Veteran Dennis Kelly, who already has started a pair of games this season, is expected to replace Conklin. The Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens rivalry has roots of a deep-seeded hatred. The two had many historic and season defining battles throughout both franchises’ history. Sunday’s match up will have major implications in determining how the AFC shakes up by January. Home Field AdvantageThe Titans have struggled to pack Nissan Stadium in the way they would like. The team had some momentum following a phenomenal overtime thriller against Philly, but some fans who watched the Buffalo game may elect to stay home. Hopefully, that’s not the case.The Titans have posted a 13-5 record when hosting their opponent. Of the last 11 home games Tennessee is 9-2 and have won their last three. The Los Angeles Rams were the last team to defeat the Titans at home. Tennessee nearly sent the Rams home with a loss, but ended up losing by four late.Baltimore is 1-2 on the road this season with both losses coming at the hands of AFC North opponents. The Ravens are 5-6 on the road dating back to last season. Baltimore traveled to Tennessee last year and left with a loss.The Titans are hoping the home field advantage will play in their favor.FlaccoRavens QB Joe Flacco is an interesting player. One week he is setting the world on fire and the next he is Blake Bortles-esque. When Flacco has time, he can exploit defenses and make chunk plays through the air. If he isn’t rushed or moved off his spot, he can lead his team to 30+ points per game. With pressure in his face, Flacco is completely the opposite.The Titans defense must rebound from their inability to attack Buffalo’s Josh Allen and focus their efforts on being absolute nuisances Sunday. A frantic Flacco is the quarterback the Titans want to see. Jurrell Casey’s ability to press and collapse the interior will be tested when he’s lined up against Raven guard Marshal Yanda.The defensive front’s ability to rush the passer will be critical for the Titans defense. DC Dean Pees is familiar with Flacco’s tendencies - but the reverse is true, also.Pees will shuffle personnel to confuse or bait Flacco into making some throws he may be fooled into thinking are there. If the defense can capitalize, Baltimore’s offense could struggle. Defensively, the Titans will be thin at the inside linebacker group. Will Compton is out and Wesley Woodyard is questionable. Two veterans at that position watching from the sidelines is not ideal - especially when making the on field adjustments and getting guys in their proper spots.Jayon Brown has been solid and Rashaan Evans is clearly working through his preseason reps. Evans physical ability has popped, but his rookie tendencies also have been noticeable. Inexperience at the inside linebacker position is something the Ravens offense will aim to exploit. They have capable running backs who will try to do damage from the inside out. If Baltimore finds a soft spot in the middle of the defense, expect it to be attacked. Targeting tight ends on linebacker mismatches will also be something Pees must prepare for. LaFleur’s Game PlanOC Matt LaFleur’s brilliance flashed over the first four weeks of the season. Against Buffalo, the Titans offense puttered and couldn’t seem to establish a plan of attack either on the ground or through the air.Drops have been a problem and there isn’t much LaFleur can do about that. The Ravens Michael Crabtree also dropped a potential game winner similar to Nick Williams. Yes - drops happen and most if not all are costly one way or another. However, if drops continue for this Titans team the offense can’t evolve.The Titans are rolling the dice on the same group of talent at receiver and tight end this week. If Corey Davis is the central focus of Baltimore’s defense, the Titans will need production from other pass catchers. Taylor Lewan left the game early last week. If he can return to form, the Titans can try to run the football to more than just one side. Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis have to have an impact. It will be essential to formulating any type of attack through the air.It will be interesting to see how both LaFleur and Pees adjust their game plans for the Ravens.

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