Defense wants to improve third down efficiency
By Craig Peters
November 19, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans defense loves hitting the field, but wouldn�t mind spending less time on it.
Tennessee�s opponents have possessed the ball more than the Titans (5-4) in seven of nine games and in each of Tennessee�s four losses. Opponents have kept the ball an average of 33:05 per game. That disparity has been magnified in the past two games because San Diego and Miami converted third downs at a higher rate than most teams have against Tennessee. Opponents have converted 40 percent of third downs against the Titans this season.
San Diego and Miami kept the ball a combined 70:51, compared to 49:09 for the Titans. The Chargers converted 12 of 18 third downs (66 percent), and the Dolphins converted 9 of 17 third downs (53 percent), sending the Titans on a two-game losing streak. Philadelphia also had success on 10 of 18 third downs (55 percent), but Tennessee was able to overcome that by limiting the Eagles in the red zone and with an explosive offensive performance.
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