Brown, Calico hit stride
There's just something about the Titans and Bills playing each other--whether it's pre-, during or post-season. The games just come down to the wire and you have to figure that Buffalo and its fans are still mad about the Music City Miracle (sorry, guys...it's still a legal play and a miracle all these years and replays later!), so there's probably some bad feelings there.
I have to admit, I'm pretty impressed with the Titan's first-string offense in the first two games. McNair led two impressive, long drives downfield, a lot of them on the back of running back Chris Brown. I know it's only the pre-season, but he's looking very good and like a more than suitable replacement for Eddie George. I just hope those words don't come back to haunt me. One thing I didn't understand about the game calling--Brown ran for a majority of the yards on the two series he played with McNair only to be pulled out of the game in the Red Zone in favor of Antwon Smith, similiar to what the Detroit Lions used to do with Barry Sanders when he played. I hope this is not a trend that continues into the regular season. Selfishly, I want to add Brown to a couple of my fantasy teams but he won't net me a bunch of points if he's not scoring those red-zone touchdowns.
Of defense, I'm not quite sure what to make of us. There were some gaping holes for running in there--which Travis Henry and former-Miami whiner Willis McGahee found and exploited. At times we looked decent, though I'm not sure we can rely on the defense to win games for us.
I did see some of the Colts game last night, but can't get a good gauge on how they'll be this year. They are the team we're chasing in the division and they didn't look so hot last night. Getting soundly defeated by the Jets 31-7 doesn't look spectacular. But then again, it's only the pre-season. The real epic battle will be Sept. 19th in the Coliseum.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/22/2004 11:05:00 AM