Halfway through, would you take Titans-Jaguars in the finale with everything on the line?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Someone asked me recently if the Titans could make a deal right now to have the Dec. 31 season-finale at Nissan Stadium be for the division title and a playoff spot, should they take it?Titans logofence

That’s a heck of a question that I asked on The Midday 180 and in this poll.

I’m still not certain if I would take that or not, mostly for one reason: Blake Bortles.

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Is that a lot? It feels like a lot: Jon Gruden's 66 compliments from Monday Night Football

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’s not that Jon Gruden loves everything.Gruden

Last night he was critical of the Packers pass rush, an early unwillingness to push the ball downfield and their overall lack of pass rush. He also gave the Lions grief over their persistent red-zone issues.

But when ESPN’s Monday Night Football color analyst likes something, the gushing can get ridiculous.

So I watched the game with a notebook on my lap, trying to jot down every compliment:

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Delanie Walker's pain tolerance wasn't medically enhanced

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A willingness and ability to play through serious pain is one of those things that fascinates me about pro football.IMG 3751

I hate the long-term consequences of much of that stuff, though an ankle bone bruise like Delanie Walker was able to overcome in the Titans' win over Baltimore may not leave any.

Particularly given the way Walker approached the injury.

I presumed the tight end would take a shot to help him deal with the pain.

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Reaction to Twitter overreaction after Titans beat Ravens

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – I didn’t know if I’d have enough fodder, but the people came through to give us plenty for the ever-popular post reaction to over-reaction post.TitansPickers

Hooray!

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Halfway through season, expect Titans to zigzag

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – They can still build it, but at kickoff, just don’t expect a start-to-finish game from the Titans.

This is not a straight line, up arrow team. It’s a zig-zagging one.

That EKG concerned me in a big way in the tight win over the Browns. Against the far more talented Ravens, it was far more palatable.

During a 23-20 win over Baltimore, the Titans didn’t look like a team content to forge ahead with what it did in Cleveland.MarcusHurdleBAL

Though Mike Mularkey said the Titans didn’t change much over the course of the bye, when the offense did its best work, things certainly looked different.

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Big, early hit on Marcus Mariota got mixed reaction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans had mixed reactions to the no call by John Hussey and his officiating crew on a big hit on Marcus Mariota in the first quarter.

The quarterback had sprinted out to his left and threw incomplete at least a beat before linebacker Matthew Judon leveled him.

That set off Taylor Lewan, who's always going to defend Mariota.

But the reactions to the play were actually mixed.

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Titans changed enough, get the win over Baltimore

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The requests we made of the Titans offense weren’t special, they were obvious.TitansSwordchoppy

And in Sunday’s 23-20 win over the Ravens that got the Titans to 5-3 we saw a lot of them:

  • The pass setting up the run early on. (The request.)
  • Some no huddle/ up-tempo.
  • A couple Marcus Mariota throws from out of the pocket, by design.
  • An Eric Decker red-zone touchdown.
  • DeMarco Murray with two catches for 22 yards, one for 17 on a crucial play during the late TD drive.

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Mailbag: The major misconception about Marcus Mariota

IMG 3598NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For starters, big thanks to Taylor Lewan for holding court with this site’s Starting 22 on Friday night at Losers. I think people had a pretty good time and I hope it gives some of you a serious case of FOMO regarding next time, prompting you to plead for a spot in the high-ranking group.

On to the mail, which opens with a subject I simply must vent about.

PK: Yeah, that’s horrible, right? I mean they ought to completely reconsider what they are doing if he’s that bad on the move. Except…

You know what most of those are? THROWAWAYS. The idea that Marcus Mariota throws on the move a lot is an idea for people who

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