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Giants (3-9) vs Titans (2-10)
The Titans were down 24-0 going into the second half of their game in Houston. They scored the next two touchdowns, but couldn't stop the Texans after that and lost 45-21.
The Giants let another one get away last week in Jacksonville. They held an almost insurmountable 21-3 lead going into the third quarter, but ended up with a 25-24 loss.
Giants - Jaguars Wrap-Up

Tennessee Titans
It must have been a tough call for the owner to fire head coach Mike Munchak at the end of the 2013 season. He was with the organization from the start as a player, their first round draft pick in 1982, when they were the Houston Oilers. After his very successful playing years were over, Munchak became an assistant coach and the former offensive lineman was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame before becoming the head coach of his team in 2011. The Titans won 9 games, then 6, and then 7 in his three years as coach and the word was that they wanted him to make coaching staff changes that he didn't believe in for 2014.
After his 30 plus year career with the team, Munchak was out and Ken Whisenhunt was hired on as his replacement and Munchak now works for the Pittsburgh Steelers as an offensive line coach. Some say Munchak was their team's best free-agent pickup of the offseason. So how are things working out? Whisenhunt had his work cut out for him. There were a lot of coaching changes of course, offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, quarterbacks, offensive line, tight ends, defensive line, linebackers,secondary, etc.
It takes time to implement change, one of the messages former coach Munchak was trying to get across to his management. Currently the Titans are 2-10 and on a six game losing streak which would have stretched to eleven if they hadn't beaten the lowly Jaguars by two points back in October. Some say that the players were the problem last year for Munchak and that he was on the right track. It's interesting that Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith has recently stated that the coach and General Manager are safe, but the player roster is not.

Tennessee Titans Offense
Rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger took over from Jake Locker and has started in the last five games. Mettenberger was throwing touchdown passes to Odell Beckham Jr. just last year at LSU (three in one September game). He's coming off a shoulder injury from last week's game, but is expected to play. Mettenberger is not one of those mobile quarterbacks, but has completed 60.7 percent of his passes. He's working behind an offensive line suffering from injuries and some player letdowns, with second and third stringers filing in.
The offense took a big hit with Justin Hunter's injury last week. He was averaging 17.8 yards per reception, the third-best in the NFL, but was placed on injured reserve with a lacerated spleen. Wide receiver Kendall Wright leads the Titans with 51 catches and five touchdowns. Wright had his best game of the season last week, but he cracked a bone in his right hand in practice and may not play. Tight end Delanie Walker leads the team with 673 receiving yards and should be targeted more in this game because of those injuries.
Running back rookie Bishop Sankey finds himself up against a Giants' run defense that is the leagues second-worst. He could only better his opportunity here if he was playing against his own team. The Giants gave up 5.4 yards a carry last week to the Jaguars and though much of that damage was done by their quarterback, the Giants will be tested in that area.

Tennessee Titans Defense
The Titans are ranked last in the league at keeping points off the board. They allow 28.2 points a game to opponents on average. In run defense they are the worst in the league, giving up 141.5 yards per game. They can put up some good quarterback pressure coming from all quarters and are eighth in the league with 31 sacks with 15 different players having at least one. Jurrell Casey had 10.5 sacks last year and currently he leads the team with 5.
That's the good stuff, and this season the Titans are still adjusting to having switched from a 4-3 defensive scheme to a 3-4. Adjustments can be complicated for returning players and finding the right fit for each player can be tricky. They have been hit for big plays this season because of assignments and missed tackles. Cornerback Jason McCourty did a solid job last week against Andre Johnson and will see his share of Odell Beckham Jr. McCourty leads the team with three interceptions.

Giants offense
They suffered through losing Victor Cruz, waited for Odell Beckham Jr. to be healthy and lost running back Rashad Jennings for a time. The offensive line has had it's tale of woes with Geoff Schwartz, Charles Brown, recently Justin Pugh, Adam Snyder and James Brewer. Pugh is slated to be back and that will help. Odell Beckham has been the consistent shining star of the receiver group and caught the most passes last week. Tight end Larry Donnell was next, but he has trouble holding onto the ball and his mistakes have been costly. The Giants lead the NFL with 13 lost fumbles and four are his alone.
Rashad Jennings ran for 91 yards and had two touchdowns last week. That's the most productive he's been since his return, but he was not able to play in the fourth quarter and is questionable for this game. Rookie Andre Williams is still learning as he goes so he might as well learn against a team that has big problems in protecting the run. No coach likes to fall back on injuries as an excuse, but you have to recognize that the Giants have had them
impact every phase of their offense this season.

Giants defense
Just last week they sacked a rookie quarterback seven times and now they will face another. Damontre Moore got more playing time against the Jaguars and with Mathias Kiwanuka and Robert Ayers on injured reserve and Cullen Jenkins nursing a calf injury, he might be starting. Moore's strength is as a pass rusher, but not as a run-stopper. The Titans were an average rushing team last season, but have dropped down considerably, averaging 30 yards a game less than last year for a 88.3 yards a game average. Moore could look good here.
Middle linebacker Jameel McClain played well last week, had the most tackles, and will be counted on for run defense. Devon Kennard got two sacks last week and Jason Pierre-Paul was credited with 1.5. Kerry Wynn came on strong playing in his first game of the season and he combined on a sack. Stevie Brown looked as good as he's been in the past, and the secondary allowed only 140 passing yards and just 1 passing touchdown. Linebackers Mark Herzlich and Jacquian Williams have suffered concussions and will not make this trip.

The Titans have started three quarterbacks this season and are struggling with their offensive line. That has not helped them be competitive most weeks, losing seven games by at least two touchdowns. Their running game has taken a major downturn and hasn't reached 100 yards in the last seven games. They are not a high scoring offense, ranking near the bottom, averaging just 17.8 points a game.
The Giants have played three close games in the last three weeks, losing because of injuries, breakdowns and turnovers. Better game play could have meant a 6-6 record with four games left to play, but instead they are at 3-9. This week if the players stay intact healthwise and don't make those same mistakes, they should come away with a win over the Titans.

NFC East
The Cowboys (9-4) already played their game on Thursday in Chicago where they won over the Bears (5-8). They were favored to win that game. On Sunday at 1:00pm, the same time the Giants are playing the Titans, the Redskins (3-9) will host the Rams (5-7). The Eagles (9-3) play later in the day at 4:25pm against the traveling Seahawks (8-4). The Giants and Eagles are favored to win their games. Check out.
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