Titans Hope For Better Luck Against Houston QB DeShaun Watson

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It’s a fight for first when the Titans host the Texans on Sunday.
It’s also a pretty good quarterback battle.
Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill has set the NFL on fire since replacing Marcus Mariota, and then there’s Houston’s dual threat beast DeShaun Watson.
He has been nothing but a huge headache for the Titans.

For whatever reason, the Titans bring out the best in DeShawn Watson. In three games against Tennessee, Watson has 800 yards passing with eight touchdowns.
Said Titans safety Kevin Byard:”It’s probably one of the better things he does is just his escapability from the pockets. He doesn’t escape the pocket to go run. He escapes to go look down the field and try to throw a 60-yard bomb”
Said safety Logan Ryan:”I mean he does things you can’t teach. He has a lot of God-given talent. One of the top quarterbacks in the league. Luckily we have played some top ones like (Patrick) Mahomes to go off of so.”
Said defensive coordinator Dean Pees:”You normally you are thinking a play is going to be four or five seconds, and that’s about it, but it may not be with him. It might be a lot longer than that. The things of it is if he gets out, you just can’t leave your guy because it will end up being a big one.”
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel knows all about Watson. He was on the Texans staff when they drafted Watson in 2017.
Said Vrabel:”You come across people in life that are special that make an impact on other people. I would say that DeShaun is one of those people. For being as young as he is, I know that I learned things from him.”
The Titans defense may not be special, but they’re pretty good. They’ve allowed only two opponents to get at least three touchdowns in a game.
Watson:”I mean they run to the ball. They create a lot of turnovers. Score on defense which is huge for them, and they are going to be juiced up.”
Talk about juice. The Titans offense has been juiced since quarterback Ryan Tannehill took over. He’s 6-1 as a starter, and he has the best passer rating in the NFL, and he’s the reigning AFC player of the week after torching Oakland for 391 yards passing.
Said Tannehill:”You get into December football. Comes down to this every year across the league is who can be the best at the end of the season. Who can be the best in December on into January. Like I said, we are on the right path. Just have to keep our heads down and keep working and get ready for the next one.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.