by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) The Titans DST was knocked around in Denver Week 14.
Tennessee had their worst game of the year, giving up 51 points. The team could not handle the Broncos offense, despite knocking Wes Welker out of the game early. They were bitten by both the pass and the run game. Peyton Manning threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns, and both Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball averaged over 5 yards per carry.
The Titans DST will look to improve next week against the Cardinals.
Four Titans probable for Week 14 clash
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/6/13) Wide receiver Kendall Wright (ankle) heads a quartet of Titans listed as probable for Sunday against Pittsburgh. The others are linebacker Akeem Ayers (groin), fullback Quinn Johnson (hamstring) and punter Brett Kern (back).
Titans DST in trouble Week 14?
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/5/13) The Titans DST will be tested Week 14 against the Broncos.
Denver has been a DST killer most of the season, leading the league with 38.7 points per game. Opposing Fantasy defenses have scored just 6.92 points per game against the Broncos. Denver has scored at least 27 points in each game this year. On top of that, the Broncos have allowed a league-low 15 sacks, and Peyton Manning has only tossed nine interceptions. The only area the team is vulnerable is holding onto the ball. The Broncos actually lead the league with 26 fumbles.
For the most part, the Titans have been an effective defense this season. They allow 22.2 points per game, which puts them 11th in the league. The team hasn't forced a lot of turnovers. They are below-average at getting to the quarterback, with 31 sacks, and haven't forced interceptions at a high rate. Tennessee has done a fantastic job limiting opposing quarterbacks to just eight touchdowns, so they could disrupt Manning a bit Sunday. Either way, it's not a great matchup for the Titans DST.
Jurrell Casey disruptive in loss at Indianapolis
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/1/13) Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey was as productive as any Titans defensive player Sunday against the Colts. He placed second on the team with five tackles and added three of their seven quarterback hits. He also had a sack and two TFLs.
Zach Brown stuffs stat sheet in defeat to Colts
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/1/13) Titans linebacker Zach Brown can't be blamed for the Week 13 loss at Indianapolis. He led his team with eight tackles, registered his first sack since Week 4, and added a TFL, pass defensed and quarterback hit.
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The Titans DST isn't bad, though the stats might not support such a statement. Totaling 39 sacks and 19 interceptions, the squad totaled five defensive touchdowns and a nutty four scores on returns (three by Darius Reynaud). But it still wasn't enough for them to finish as a Top 12 option as they ranked 26th against the pass and 24th against the run. The numbers are surprising considering the overall types of talent they have in all three levels of the defense but the reality is they've struggled to stay disciplined and have found ways to give up gobs of yardage and points despite the perceived talent (a league-worst 29.4 points per game!). You might find yourself picking the Titans up off waivers as a one-week replacement option or if they can put up a strong start but don't draft them. (Updated 5/15/13)