TitansSteelersNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Boy is this one a biggie.

It’s just the sixth game of the NFL’s modern era between undefeated teams in Week 7 or later. The winner of the previous five has gone to or won the Super Bowl.

Here’s this week's podcast.

Now onto your mail.

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Scout's take: How the Titans can handle the Steelers' pass rush

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’s a clash of two old AFC division opponents, and very few things have changed.

The Steelers are still built with a tough, physical defense that relies on pass-rush and opportunistic turnovers.


The Titans are built on a physical run game, look to control time of possession with the purpose of staying close enough in games to have the ball last when the game is on the line and use that run game and fresh offense to wear down the opponent.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Arthur Smith has 11 more regular-season games and, he hopes, a three- or four- game playoff run standing between him and a new job.

His work as the Titans offensive coordinator so far make him an appealing candidate for open head coaching jobs. So far the Texans and Falcons will be looking, but others are sure to follow including the Jets and probably the Jaguars with other possibilities.


Photo: Arthur Smith from George Walker, Tennessean via pool.

“Things change week to week and you’ve got to have perspective in this business,” Smith said. “The only thing I care about is the job I’m doing and I mean that. I never worried about the worst part of the job and I never worried about another job. I feel so fortunate to be in this spot and I’ve got to prove my worth every day and earn it and I've got to get better as a coach and that’s all I care about, how do I help us win, how do I serve this team and can I do my job better?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans did the right thing in the spring re-signing Ryan Tannehill based on a limited body of work.

I believed that on March 15, when they secured his services with a four-year, $119 million deal that also shapes up like a three-year $91 million deal.


Pool photo, Tennessee Titans, Alison McNabb.

Even with the long-term commitment, I figured there was regression ahead.

Tannehill was fresh off a season where he joined Joe Montana and Sammy Baugh as the first quarterbacks in league history with a completion percentage over 70 percent and a yards per completion number over 9.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans are 5-0, planning for a Sunday showdown with 5-0 Pittsburgh.

Tennessee has found a way to win despite some serious defensive difficulties, but that’s not all it’s overcome.

Pool photo: George Walker, The Tennessean

The five biggest offseason additions have collectively made a minimal contribution to that fantastic start, which actually serves to make it more impressive.

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Scout's Take: Ryan Tannehill efficient, under control when it mattered most vs. Texans

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ryan Tannehill had his ups and downs throughout the Texans-Titans game, but when he was needed, he was efficient and under control.

The sack/fumble and interception were turning points in the game for Houston, but this is what a veteran quarterback can do for a team that stays consistent with the play-calling and putting personnel in spots to utilize its skills.TannehillTexans20AM

Photo courtesy Alison McNabb, Tennessee Titans.

Derrick Henry is the most patient running back in the NFL. This trait goes back to college when he would split time with other first-round running backs. He knows the defenses are keying on him, but if he continues to stay patient, not change up his run style, read the holes and not perceive that there will be traffic. He continues to run hard through the initial line and when there is a crease, he explodes through it.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This classic would have been even better with an audience, and the soundtrack that would come with the ups and downs and ups of the rollercoaster overtime win that got the Titans to 5-0 and lines them up for a postponed head-to-head with undefeated Pittsburgh Sunday.

The 42-36 win – the 100th for the franchise in the building -- deserves an immediate spot on the list I put together in 2018 of the best games played at what’s now Nissan Stadium.


Jayon Brown celebrates an improbable win: Photo courtesy Alison McNabb, Tennessee Titans.

“It was up there, going to overtime, winning in overtime in the style that we did,” Jadeveon Clowney said. “…Top five in my time since I’ve been in the league.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Happy weekend. It's good to have the Titans back on their regular schedule and I look forward to seeing some of you at Nissan Stadium Sunday. 

I hope you'll listen to the podcast, where I run through why this could be the week for Derrick Henry to break out.

Let us move onto your mail and some quality questions.


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