Both teams come into Sunday’s game with decisions to make at quarterback. The Philadelphia Eagles have already made theirs, at least for this week, going with Kevin Kolb again while Michael Vick continues to heal from rib injuries. And why not? Kolb played well in the Eagles’ 31–17 victory over Atlanta last week, and the Eagles, though each quarterback has a different skill set, seem to be able to adapt and win no matter which one is under center.
The Titans’ situation is a little bit different. Coach Jeff Fisher is keeping under wraps who his starter will be after Vince Young went down with a sprained left knee and ankle in Monday night’s 30–3 win over Jacksonville. Kerry Collins came off the bench and played well, hitting 11-of-16 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.
Young is still moving gingerly and might not be able to go Sunday, meaning Collins could get the nod.
Either way, the Titans will want to hand the ball to Chris Johnson and hope that he has a big game in order to keep from having to throw the ball too much. Ideally, the run-first Titans prefer to throw less than 25 times per game, no matter if Young or Collins is at quarterback.
Keys for the Titans
• Keep getting turnovers. The Titans defense forced four turnovers against Jacksonville on Monday night, a week after they had three interceptions in Dallas. Tennessee’s aggressive style can lead to forced mistakes by opponents, and winning the turnover battle is a key for the Titans.
• Get sevens, not threes. The Titans red zone offense has been good for the most part this season, but like Dallas two weeks ago, Philly can score points in a hurry. The Titans don’t want drives to bog down and have to settle for too many Rob Bironas field goals.
Keys for the Eagles
• Stop Chris Johnson. The Titans are 4–0 this season when Johnson goes for 100 yards and 0–2 when he doesn’t. The Eagles’ 4-3 scheme loves to blitz, and you can bet that all eyes will be on stopping the Titans star running back and keeping him from getting into open space. Philly would love to force the Titans into 3rd-and-long passing situations.
• Use Jeremy Maclin. With DeSean Jackson out with a concussion, someone has to step to the forefront on the Eagles offense. Maclin could be that guy. The Titans loved Maclin coming out of Missouri, so they too know he has big-play potential and can help offset the loss of Jackson.
Tennessee is just 1–2 at home and has some questions as to which quarterback will start. The Eagles are arguably the best team in the NFC. It should be a close one, and the Titans have to hope they can find their home-field advantage again. Titans 24–23.