Skidding Titans back home looking for edge again

So much time has passed since the Tennessee Titans last played

in Music City that Chris Johnson says he’s not sure of the

opponent.

Defensive end Derrick Morgan had to be reminded of the last home

win.

Yes, it’s been a long time for both.

The Titans will play their first home game in a month Sunday

against Arizona. Not that being back in Nashville guarantees

anything because the Titans have lost four straight since their

last home win Sept. 29 and are 2-4 this season at LP Field. So much

for the annual goal of winning all the home games.

Tennessee (5-8) has sold out every game since moving into LP

Field for the 1999, and Sunday’s game will extend the sellout

streak to 153. Not every ticket has been used this season, and

safety Bernard Pollard encourages fans not to waste money already

spent and use the tickets and have fun even if this isn’t the

season the Titans wanted.

”And if all fails, I’ll take a fine and hit somebody for you,”

the often-penalized and fined safety said with a smile.

This isn’t what coach Mike Munchak wanted this season after

going 4-4 at home in 2012 en route to a 6-10 finish. Now the Titans

have to beat Arizona (8-5) and close out the season Dec. 29 with a

win over Houston just to reach that mark for a second straight

season.

”We came into the year thinking we could win all our home

games, we have to protect our territory,” Morgan said. ”It just

hasn’t worked out the way we wanted it too. We need to finish out

these last two games at home and the last three games of the season

strong.”

The Cardinals have had the opposite problem this season. They

come to Nashville just 2-4 on the road with the only wins at Tampa

Bay and Jacksonville.

”We just really haven’t played well enough,” Cardinals

quarterback Carson Palmer said. ”Point blank, there’s not one

recurring theme. It’s not this, it’s not that. We got to play

better. We got to come out fast, we got to explode early, we got to

stop them early, and we got to finish the game strong.”

That’s exactly what the Titans have wanted since winning their

last home game Sept. 29 in a 38-13 rout of the Jets.

But as the losses have piled up, fans are tiring of waiting for

a turnaround.

The empty seats have grown along with the team’s skid, and

tickets for the Cardinals’ game could be found Thursday at

www.StubHub.com for just $4. Fans are venting their frustration on

social media at a franchise expected to miss the playoffs for a

fifth straight season despite late owner Bud Adams spending more

than $100 million in the offseason.

Pollard has heard fans talk about the Titans stringing them

along only to always let them down. He said he can’t argue that

because they have played good in spots only to fail at the end.

”We’re fighting,” Pollard said of the Titans. ”We have not

laid down. We haven’t given up. We’re going to go out and we’re

going to put on a show. The shows as of late haven’t been good as

far as the end result, but we have to turn the corner at some

point. I say to the fans continue to trust.”

Notes: Only CB Alterraun Verner (groin), LB Akeem Ayers (groin)

and RT David Stewart (shoulder) did not practice Thursday. Munchak

said all should practice Friday and play Sunday. … Leon

Washington has played only two games with Tennessee, but his

performance in last week’s loss to Denver ranks him third in

franchise history. He had 209 yards on returns, second only to

Bobby Jancik, who had games with 240 and 221 yards in separate

games in 1963.

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