The Tennessee Titans halted their three game losing streak by beating the Houston Texans last week. Any win is a good win, and they improved their record to 7-5 to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Fortunately, they have another home game this week as the AFC Western Division leading San Diego Chargers come to Nashville. The Chargers have struggled at times this year, but are coming off impressive wins against the Chiefs and Ravens. They are also 7-5.
The game boils down to one factor: stop LaDanian Tomlinson. Tomlinson is a game breaker and gets my vote for being the best all around running back in the league. The Titans run defense must step up.
With five losses, the Titans margin for error for making the playoffs is as thin as the hair on my scalp. They simply can't afford a loss at home.
Perhaps the biggest intangible in the Titans favor is that San Diego head coach Norv Turner is one of the least impressive head coaches in the league. Anybody who remembers how he handled ex-Tennessee Volunteer Heath Shuler when he coached the Redskins can attest to that.
A lot is at stake in this game.
The pick: Tennessee 27 San Diego 24
Other NFL picks: Indianapolis over Baltimore, Jacksonville over Carolina, Cincinnati over St. Louis, Seattle over Arizona
Last week: 8-4 (.667), Overall: 114-39 (.745)