By Chris Lambos
Who is your favorite Titan of ALL TIME? Steve McNair or Eddie George probably comes to mind first – and those are excellent choices. But there is another Titan who’s starting to reserve a space on this list of gridiron greats. He has won many games for this franchise yet his name is seldom mentioned: Rob Bironas.
This NFL record-holding kicker has once again proved to be an invaluable cog in the Titans machine, kicking a game-winning 47-yard FG in OT to beat the Miami Dolphins 27-24 at LP Field.
If you did not know, Bironas is the 5th most accurate kicker in NFL history. He get’s my vote!
Bironas probably would not be mentioned in this blog if the Titans had not blown an 18-point lead in this game. Though the ‘Fins outgained Tennessee 468-364 in total offense, turnovers proved to be problematic for the visitors as the Titans were quick to capitalize – improving their season record to 7-7.
A Ricky Williams coughed up a fumble early in the 2nd Qtr which was the first of 4 turnovers committed by Miami. Chad Henne, who completed 29 of 46 passes for 349 YDS and 1 TD, threw 3 interceptions on the day – one being an end zone pick from the Titans 14 yard line – an other proving costly when Michael Griffin picked him off in OT, setting the stage for Bironas’s game-winning FG.
Vince Young had a good afternoon, completing 14 of 27 passes for 236 YDS, 3 TDs (two going to Justin Gage) and 1 Int. Three passing TDs in one game marks a career high for the 4th year signal caller.
Chris Johnson now needs 270 rushing yards to cross the coveted 2000 yard season mark. If Johnson rushes for 376 yards in the remaining games, he will break Eric Dickerson’s all-time season rushing record. Another record CJ is on schedule to break is Marshall Faulk’s ‘yards from scrimmage’ (run and receptions) season total of 2429 yards.
The Titans have two games remaining. Week 16 finds the them playing on Christmas Night against the San Diego Chargers. Their final season game will be at Seattle. The playoff hopes are still alive but barely. Besides winning out, a few teams will have to lose in coming games to make the Titans the FIRST team to ever start 0-6 and go to the playoffs. Good luck, Tennessee!
– Keith Bulluck tore an ACL and is out for the rest of the season, ending his run of 127 consecutive games played. David Thornton will be having surgery on a pectoral muscle and will be out for the remainder of the season as well. This leaves some big holes to fill in the Linebacker corps. Stephen Tulloch will be calling the defensive signals in place of Bulluck.
– Ricky Williams rushed for over 1000 yards this season – a feat he last accomplished in 2003. Williams is the first back in NFL history to have a 6-year span between 1000 yard seasons.