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Will Titans FG defense be a factor Saturday?

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by NewsGrabber, Jan 7, 2009.

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In the heyday of their AFC Central rivalry, Baltimore-Tennessee games ended in scores like 12-8, 16-14 and 16-10.</p> <p>In Week 5 this season, the Titans won in Baltimore, 13-10.</p> <p>Odds are field goal kickers <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=129" shape="rect" target="_new">Matt Stover</a> and <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9235" shape="rect" target="_new">Rob Bironas</a> are going to have a bearing on the outcome of Saturday's divisional-round playoff game.</p> <p>While the NFL average on making field goals was 84.5 percent, the Titans led the NFL in opponent field goal percentage, as kickers converted just 66.7 percent.</p> <p>"They rush really well," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "They do a great job with their edge pressure, probably as good as anybody in the league, and they've got some big, physical guys inside that play really hard and bring it. I think they pressure the field goal kick unit very well."</p> <p>Might that mean the Titans will see a timely miss by Baltimore veteran Matt Stover?</p> <p>If they do, it'll be a first. He's 10-for-10 all-time at LP Field, including five-for-five on kicks over 40 yards.</p> <p>One other note on kickers:</p> <p>Baltimore's <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11923" shape="rect" target="_blank">Steve Hauschka</a> put four of his six kickoffs in the wild-card playoff game at Miami into the end zone, three for touchbacks. But he had the help of warm weather and wind. In nine regular-season games, he had just four touchbacks on 43 kickoffs. Odds are that <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9285" shape="rect" target="_new">Chris Carr</a>, the NFL's fourth-leading kickoff return man, will get some chances against the Ravens.</p>

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