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By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 13:22

The Tennessee Titans had four straight home games earlier this season — and lost them all.

Sunday, they play the first of two straight at home when they host the Oakland Raiders (noon, CBS).

Both teams are 4-6, but the Raiders — after a fast start — have lost three in a row and have scored just 27 points combined the last two weeks. If ever the Titans (2-8) are going to win one in front of their fans this season, it best happen now.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 12:25

Derek Mason certainly embraces the rivalry.

Throughout history, Vanderbilt football coaches have adopted a wide range of attitudes toward the annual matchup with Tennessee. Mason, in his second season, does not run from it. He does not try to downplay the importance of it to his program or the fan base.

If nothing else, that should add some energy to things when the Commodores (4-7, 2-5 in the SEC) and the Volunteers (7-4, 4-3) meet once again Saturday at Neyland Stadium (3 p.m., SEC Network).

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 11:11

Less than two years into his NFL career, Avery Williamson has become an every-down linebacker. Literally.

The fifth-round pick in 2014 has been on the field for every Tennessee Titans’ defensive snap in each of the last three games and four of the last five. He was the only member of the defense who played all 76 snaps at New Orleans, one of two used on all 68 against Carolina and one of four (but the only linebacker) who played all 60 last Thursday at Jacksonville.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 09:35

His team’s success has made Keenan Reynolds a candidate for college football’s top individual honor in the eyes of the United States Naval Academy.

Navy officially kicked off a Heisman Trophy campaign for Reynolds, the record-setting quarterback and Goodpasture Christian School graduate, this week with a release titled “Why Keenan Reynolds?”

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 09:20

For many, Thanksgiving week is an opportunity for a family reunion.

In Philadelphia there is a Fly Boys reunion.

The Philadelphia Eagles promoted former Vanderbilt wide receiver Jonathan Krause from its practice squad on Tuesday and put him on the active roster with former college teammate Jordan Matthews.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 09:08

Five stories to read today...

From On The Forecheck: "The Makings of A Frustrating and Scoreless Slump"

The Nashville Predators have been shutout in three straight games, the first time in franchise history. The scoreless streak is now the seventh-longest in the NHL since 1985. Jonathan Garcia points to a combination of a little slump from Pekka Rinne, some line juggling from Peter Laviolette and a bushels of bad luck.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 07:38

Tuesday’s game was about Kansas connections.

Now Kevin Stallings comes face-to-face with the source.

Stallings, a one-time assistant coach at Kansas, led his Vanderbilt team to an 86-64 romp over Wake Forest, coached by former Jayhawks great Danny Manning, on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

That put the 19th-ranked Commodores in the championship game against No. 5 Kansas on Wednesday (9 p.m., ESPN).

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 07:17

For the second straight year, former Tennessee Titans center Kevin Mawae is among 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The eight-time Pro Bowler is one of six offensive linemen among this year’s semifinalists, released Tuesday night. Four of the other five are tackles.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 06:58

The Metro Nashville Football Coaches Association announced its All-Nashville team on Tuesday.

Those selected will be honored at a Dec. 3 banquet at the State Fairgrounds, where a Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year will be named. The latest Metro Football Hall of Fame inductees also will be revealed at that time.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 14:23

The general impression is that Mike Mularkey has made a difference as Tennessee Titans head coach.

In the three games since Ken Whisenhunt was fired there have been personnel and scheme adjustments. They even one won game and came from behind in the fourth quarter to do it.