The Titans are undefeated and getting a little superstitious.
Since the beginning of the season, Kerry Collins has listened to Good Time, a country music CD by Alan Jackson, every day on the way to work and again back home. Just to be sure, the Titans quarterback isn’t changing his routine.
“Literally, it’s been playing over and over and over in my car,” Collins told The Tennessean. “I have every word of every song memorized. Sometimes I have to turn it down. As much as I like it, I can’t stop.”
When the 17th track ends and his six-disc player moves on to the next selection, Collins switches it back to Jackson.
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“In the past, I’ve tended to pick one CD and listen to it for a while,” Collins said, “but we’re going uncharted territory right now.”
1. NY Giants, 8-1 -- The Giants have outscored opponents 262-160.
2. Tennessee, 9-0 -- The Titans have allowed an NFL-low 117 points.
3. Carolina, 7-2 -- The Panthers are 7-2 for the third time in team history (2003, ’05).
4. Baltimore, 6-3 -- The Ravens have scored at least 27 points in four consecutive games, a team record.
5. Indianapolis, 5-4 -- Peyton Manning has five touchdowns and no interceptions in back-to-back victories.
6. Pittsburgh, 6-3 -- Hines Ward is flirting with his first 1,000-yard season since 2004. He has 561 yards on 43 receptions.
7. NY Jets, 7-3 -- The Jets have won four in a row for the first time since Oct. 10, 2004.
8. Washington, 6-3 -- The Redskins are aiming for a fourth consecutive home victory over Dallas for only the second time (1972-75) in the 49-year history of the rivalry.
9. Tampa Bay, 6-3 -- The Bucs are only 19-31 in the all-time series vs. the Vikings, but they have won 12 of 13 at home in the series. Minnesota hasn’t won in Tampa since 1996.
10. Atlanta, 6-3 -- The Falcons allowed 47 sacks last season. They have allowed only 12 this season.
11. Arizona, 6-3 -- The Cardinals’ six victories are against teams that are a combined 19-26 so far.
12. New England, 6-4 -- Wes Welker entered this week leading the NFL in yards after the catch with 324. Saints running back Reggie Bush (317) is No. 2.
13. Dallas, 5-4 -- The Cowboys have allowed 428 rushing yards on 88 attempts in their past three games.
14. Philadelphia, 5-4 -- In their past 11 games decided by 6 points or less, the Eagles are 1-10.
15. Miami, 5-4 -- The Dolphins have a chance to win four in a row for the first time since Nov. 23, 2006.
16. Buffalo, 5-4 -- The Bills have won three of the past four vs. the Browns.
17. Chicago, 5-4 -- Bears coach Lovie Smith has won four consecutive games at Lambeau Field, becoming the first NFL coach to do so since Hall of Famer Bud Grant won six consecutive with the Vikings.
18. Minnesota, 5-4 -- The Vikings special teams have allowed six touchdowns, tying the 1980 Lions for the NFL record. Four returns have come on punts.
19. Denver, 5-4 -- The Broncos have had one 100-yard rushing game this season.
20. Jacksonville, 4-5 -- Fred Taylor averages 85.5 yards per game in November (2,908 yards in 34 games).
21. New Orleans, 4-5 -- The Saints lead the NFL in total offense with 416.2 yards per game.
22. Green Bay, 4-5 -- Two of the Packers’ three losses last season came against the Bears.
23. San Diego, 4-5 -- The Chargers are 0-12 in Pittsburgh in regular season but 2-0 in Pittsburgh in the postseason.
24. Houston, 3-6 -- Sage Rosenfels, who was 4-1 as a starter last season, is 0-2 this season. He has played in three games and has eight turnovers, including five in the fourth quarter.
25. Cleveland, 3-6 -- The Browns are making their first road appearance on Monday Night Football since Nov. 13, 1995, at Pittsburgh.
26. San Francisco, 2-7 -- Shaun Hill is 2-1 in his career as a starter.
27. Kansas City, 1-8 -- The Chiefs have lost five in a row and 17 of their past 18.
28. Seattle, 2-7 -- Matt Hasselbeck and Deion Branch both return this week against the Cardinals. Both have missed five weeks.
29. Oakland, 2-7 -- JaMarcus Russell has passed for 1,513 yards with seven touchdowns, five interceptions and a 71.8 passer rating.
30. St. Louis, 2-7 -- The Rams were 56-36 under Mike Martz. They are 17-35 since he last coached a game for St. Louis.
31. Cincinnati, 1-8 -- The Bengals have been outscored 125-236.
32. Detroit, 0-9 -- The Lions are an NFL-worst 31-90 since 2001.
The Redskins are beat up. Running back Clinton Portis, an MVP candidate, strongside linebacker Marcus Washington and cornerback Shawn Springs are injured. Backup running back Ladell Betts returned to practice after a month out with a sprained left knee, but former league MVP Shaun Alexander, who had only 10 carries in his first three games as a Redskin, figures to get plenty of work. The Cowboys, meanwhile, are healthy for the first time in four weeks.
Cowboys 17, REDSKINS 14
Charean’s season record: 6-3
JACKSONVILLE (+3) over Tennessee -- The Titans beat the Jags only 17- 10 in the season opener, and David Garrard has been good at home this season. Garrard has four touchdowns, one interception and an 88.0 passer rating in home games this season. This is a must-win for the Jags if they are to remain in the playoff hunt. “Goliath is coming to town,” Jags coach Jack Del Rio told Jacksonville reporters. “We’ll see if we can’t find a few nice-sized pebbles and load up our slingshots.”
JAGS 16, Titans 10
Charean’s season record: 2-7
INDIANAPOLIS (-8) over Houston -- The Colts are 12-1 all time against the Texans. That includes a 6-0 record in Indianapolis, where the Colts have beaten Houston by an average of 19 points. The Colts won’t take Houston lightly, though, after having to rally from a 27-10 fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Texans last month. “If we were in any stages of complacency, I think our players looking at that game should take that out of us,” Colts coach Tony Dungy said. The Colts continue their roll.
COLTS 30, Texans 14
Charean’s season record straight up: 8-1
Charean’s season record against spread: 7-1-1
-- Home team in caps.
1. The Bills have managed only 90 yards rushing in the past two games. The Bills’ run game, which ranked 15th last year, now is down to 28th. They’re 29th in yards per carry.
2. The Bucs have allowed only one individual 100-yard rushing performance this season (to Jamaal Charles). But Adrian Peterson has four consecutive 100-yard games.
3. The Bears have beaten the Packers four consecutive times in Wisconsin. The Bears’ Cover 2 defense has been the common denominator. Brett Favre’s passer ratings against the Bears at Lambeau Field the past four years were: 62.8 in 2004 (21-10), 44.3 in 2005 (24-17), 40.9 in 2006 (26-0) and 83.5 in 2007 (27-20).
4. Eli Manning hasn’t thrown for 200 yards or more in five games. That ties a career-long drought for him.
5. Even though Brian Westbrook admits to not being 100 percent, his backup, Correll Buckhalter, has only 11 touches in the past three games. Buckhalter had 178 yards from scrimmage in the Eagles’ Week 7 victory over San Francisco when Westbrook sat out with fractured ribs.
6. Santana Moss has 41 catches for 747 yards and four touchdowns in seven games against Dallas. Redskins tight end Chris Cooley has 34 catches for 391 yards and five touchdowns in nine games against the Cowboys.
7. Anquan Boldin has at least one touchdown in six consecutive games, establishing a new franchise record.
8. Kurt Warner now has at least one touchdown pass in 17 consecutive games, two games shy of the franchise record of 19 established by Neil Lomax over 108 games in his nine seasons (1981-89).