Hard to Remember the Titans at 0-6
A little more than a month ago, the Tennessee Titans were 0-6 and had been outscored 90-9 in their previous two games.
Five consecutive wins later, their game Sunday at the undefeated Indianapolis Colts looms as one of the weekend's more intriguing NFL matchups.
Behind the legs of running back Chris Johnson (1,396 yards rushing) and the seemingly magical touch provided by resurgent quarterback Vince Young, the Titans suddenly have become a legitimate dark-horse candidate to reach the postseason. Young, who replaced Kerry Collins as starter after a 59-0 loss to the New England Patriots and hasn't lost, doesn't shy away from playoff talk.
"Everything is possible," he says. "You just have to believe in it."
Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck doesn't view the game as a do-or-die situation, but he adds there's more at stake for his team than the Colts, who would tie New England's record 21 consecutive regular-season wins with a victory but have clinched the AFC South title. "We're in a position where we have other teams looking over their shoulders," Bulluck says.
The Colts have a 31-9 win against them Oct. 11, but coach Jim Caldwell knows his defense will have to be on high alert.
"You've got to pay particular attention to Chris Johnson with the way he's running the ball," Caldwell says, "and you've got to know where Vince is located."
Meanwhile, the league's other 11-0 team heads to the nation's capital, where the New Orleans Saints visit the 3-8 Washington Redskins.
This is the first time in league history two teams have started 11-0.