After a 13-3 regular season in 2008 the Tennessee Titans had high hopes of travelling to Miami for Super Bowl XLIV. Six weeks in the Titans were 0-6 with few signs of life from the team and little to no hope apparent on the horizon.
A month ago the Titans were easily the biggest disappointment of the new NFL season. Now they may be the team that no one wants to play. Vince Young tool over for Kerry Collins prior to the Jacksonville game in week 8 and have not looked back.
Since then the Titans have averaged 31 points a game and allowing just fewer than 20. It has been the play of guy that was considering quitting football not too long ago that has been the catalyst behind the team’s recent success. His stats have not been anything special with only 3 passing touchdowns (to two interceptions) and a four game passing yard average hovering around 150 yards a game.
Where Young has really made the difference has been in his leadership and decision making on the field. He has been completing 67% of his passes with a game high of 83% coming against the Jaguars. Young showed he still knows how to use his legs, running at the perfect times in a victory over the Texans on MNF on his way to compiling 73 yards on the ground. Perhaps most importantly, Young has been holding onto the ball with only two interceptions and his first lost fumble coming against the Texans.
To have a good chance at making the playoffs the Titans would likely have to win out in order to have a real chance. The likelihood of that is slim considering some of the games they have on the radar. Next up is Arizona, a team also looking to keep in the playoff race with a much needed win; with the possibility of Kurt Warner not playing the Titans could steal one. The most serious matchup comes the following week against the as yet undefeated Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis embarrassed the Titans earlier this year in a game that was uglier than the score, 9-31. Redemption will also have to come in Indianapolis. If the Titans make it past those two the next real challenge will come against the surging Chargers on Christmas Day.
There would be nothing like a good winning streak to help Vince Young and the Titans celebrate the holidays.
Perhaps Vince will look to do a little celebrating with a beer from his hometown of Houston, Saint Arnold Christmas Ale. This strong ale (7%ABV) draws its high alcohol content and sweet, malty flavor from the five different malts used to create this brew. Two different types of hops give a spicy, hops flavor that balances out the taste giving it a nice full flavor. This is a good beer for warming you up on those cold winter nights as well as helping you forget how much you spent on Christmas presents this year.