NFL Week 2 continues on Sunday and we will see the Tennessee Titans travel to the west coast to take on the San Diego Chargers. The game is scheduled for a 4:25 PM (Eastern) start time and it will be televised live on CBS. Currently the odds for the game have San Diego favored by 6.5 points, while the total sits at 43. Currently 69% of the Public is on San Diego, while 89% is on the Over. Find out what side the Public is taking on all the games by clicking HERE.
Free Analysis: Tennessee expects second-year quarterback Jake Locker to play despite an injury to his non-throwing left shoulder against New England.Locker suffered the injury on a tackle and said he "felt great" in practice this week. Head coach Mike Munchak reiterated those words. Locker had a decent game (23 of 32 passing, 229 yards, touchdown, interception) against the Patriots before his day ended prematurely. He wasn't helped by the running game, which gained 20 yards and will be going up against a Chargers' defense allowed only 45 on Monday. Chris Johnson rushed 11 times for four yards and the Titans cannot afford their three-time Pro Bowl running back to get off to another slow start. He gained 98 yards in his first three games of 2011 before rushing for 101 in Week 4. Nate Washington, who led the team with 74 catches last season, caught a 29-yard touchdown pass against the Patriots. He was held out of practice Wednesday with a leg injury, but it isn't considered serious and is expected to play. The Titans will also welcome back wide receiver Kenny Britt from his one-game suspension for an offseason DUI this week. Britt can spread the field with his playmaking ability and is a big target. Locker hasn't had much time to work with Britt, but isn't concerned. One can't blame the Titans for failing to contain New England's high-powered offense led by Tom Brady. The Patriots racked up 390 yards of offense and Ridley recorded 125 yards and a score on 21 carries. Titans linebacker Akeem Ayers (11 tackles) led the team in stops and newcomer Kamerion Wimbley (4 tackles) recorded his first sack in a Tennessee uniform. The defensive end came over from Oakland and is very familiar with the Chargers, having had a career-high four sacks against them last November.
The promotion for the San Diego Chargers' home opener versus the Tennessee Titans is dubbed as "White Hot Sunday." San Diego is aiming for its first 2-0 start since 2006, when it finished with a 14-2 mark, and has won 12 of the past 19 home openers. While Sunday's game will feature a white-clad crowd, the Chargers will officially retire former linebacker Junior Seau's No. 55 in an emotional pregame ceremony. Seau spent 13 seasons with the Chargers, helping the franchise to its only Super Bowl appearance after the 1994 season, and also played three seasons for Miami and four more for New England before retiring after the 2009 campaign. The 12-time Pro Bowler committed suicide on May 2. San Diego doesn't have starting running back Ryan Mathews, who is still mending from a broken collarbone and will likely need at least another week. The team used a committee of runners against the Raiders, with Curtis Brinkley collecting a team-high 10 carries for 12 yards. Wide receiver Eddie Royal also had 12 yards on two chances. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was sacked just once, however, and did enough in the win, passing for 231 yards and a touchdown. It wouldn't be a shocker if the Chargers try to establish the ground attack against a Titans team that struggled to defend the run against the Patriots. Veteran Ronnie Brown could see more action for San Diego this week after having just five yards on five carries on Monday night. The Chargers' defense forced four fumbles, recovering one, in Oakland and registered three sacks, two of which by Phillips. Additionally, cornerback Quentin Jammer (thumb) will most likely play Sunday despite his injury.
Including a 17-6 loss in San Diego in a 2007 AFC First-Round Playoff, the Titans are 0-7 against the Chargers since the franchise moved to Tennessee, with their most recent win in the series a 27-0 home shutout by the Houston Oilers on Sept. 27, 1992. The Oilers/Titans have lost five straight in San Diego (counting playoffs) since a 17-7 decision at Qualcomm Stadium on Sept. 30, 1990.
Free Pick: The San Diego Chargers are off an impressive MNF game vs the Raiders. They played well on both sides of the ball and look like a team that could be ready to get back to the playoffs. Gates is questionable for this game, but for the most part this San Diego offense is pretty healthy. There were questions coming in about the OL, but they stepped up real big vs a tough Raiders pass rush. On defense the Chargers showed that their pass rush is as good as ever with 3 sacks and plenty of hurries , while they allowed this powerful Raiders ground game get just 45 yards rushing on the night. They had Palmer on the run all night and will do the same to Locker in this one. Offensively the Titans did throw for 264 yards last week vs the Pats, but a lot of that was in garbage time and it was vs a weak New England secondary. The Titans would like to run the ball as their primary offense game plan, but they only gained 20 yards last week vs the Pats and it doesn't look to get better this week vs San Diego's front 7. The Chargers have dominated the AFC South, going 18-4 SU and 19-3 ATS since it's inception, plus they are 4-0 ATS the last 4 meetings here between the Titans, outscoring them by 18.3 ppg in the process. San Diego is also 11-1 SU and 10-1-1 ATS off a Monday night win of 6 or more. Bolts take this one easy.
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