"This will be our biggest challenge of the season in pass defense," judged Titans coach Mike Munchak. "There is no doubt that people see the numbers and the great success that he has had. We haven't played them in a little while, the preseason, you can't go by that. We played them three years ago there in a Monday Night Football game.
"There is no doubt that he is a great football player and we know that. When you are a professional football player that's something that you get excited about. You have a team that is in a position like we are to have a shot at the playoffs and you are going to play against a team that is one of the best in the league that has won a Super Bowl a couple of years ago, has a great quarterback, has lot of weapons, and they are coming to our place to play a game that means a lot to both teams. We are excited about it. We are glad we're playing here and not at their place.
"We need our crowd to be a huge part of this football game, especially to help the defense, so it's something that we will be excited about come Sunday."
With four games remaining on the schedule, the Saints are trying to catch up with the 49ers for the No. 2 seed in the NFC. The Titans are still in the playoff hunt. They are in second place in the AFC South, trailing Houston (9-3), but they are also in the wild-card chase.
The Titans used a pair of touchdown runs from running back Chris Johnson, three field goals by Rob Birones and a pair of fumble recoveries by rookie middle linebacker Colin McCarthy to escape with a 23-17 victory over Buffalo.''
Brees is on a record-setting pace this season. Directing the NFL's top-ranked offense (448.7 yards per game), he leads the NFL with 4,031 passing yards, within range of Dan Marino's 1984 record of 5,084 yards at Brees' current rate of 336 passing yards per game.
Saints CB Patrick Robinson is Si.Com's Special Teams Player of the Week. "For blocking a Jason Hanson field goal try as the clock expired to end the first half, with the Lions trying desperately to get back into the game, down 24-7. To come around the edge as fast as Robinson did so he could a hand on the kick should be illegal -- which Schwartz thought it was. He thought Robinson was offside....and it was close, but it wasn't called, and the effect was huge, The demoralized Lions left the field down 17, knowing that every missed chance against as a team as explosive would be a killer."...
Saints coach Sean Payton discussed the good things that happened in the victory over the Lions to push their record to 9-3 in his Tuesday media briefing.\
Payton talked about his wide receivers coach becoming Tulane's head coach and how he'll handle two jobs, Sunday's opponent the Titans, and predicted he'd be off crutches in a week or so.
Payton was asked about Curtis Johnson's first head-coaching iob (Tulane) and pointed out the Saints were his first head-coaching job, and that Vince Lombardi had a first-head-coaching job somewhere.
Manning and Luck
Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck on the same team won't work, according to Archie Manning. The winless Colts have already said that they would be very interested in drafting Luck should they earn the No.1 pick. The problem is that the Colts already have a quarterback, a future Hall of Famer in Peyton Manning. If he is ready and able to play next season, should the Colts draft Luck and let him learn under Manning. Or should they trade or simply release Peyton? Peyton has a $28 million commitment just days before the.draft. Archie, who played with Andew Luck's father, has a unique perspective on the situation. He knows Andew personally as Luck has been to the Manning Passing Academy in recent years. Archie believes that Luck is NFL ready and can step in and help an NFL team immediately. Here's how Archie views the situation:' I don't think it be great for either one, :Andrew is a mature player. He can walk right in. These three or four guys who are playing this year if they can walk in and play, Andrew can, too." Remember Archie's other son, Eli, didn't want to play for the Chargers and forced a threat that sent himto New York...
by Ed Staton