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NFL Week 14 Preview: Titans at Cardinals

By PFF Analysis Team
Dec 7, 2017

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Dec 3, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) celebrates with fans after rushing 75 yards for a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans visit the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.

PFFELO Ranking: 15

Coverage by: Sam McGaw

Matchup: Tennessee Titans offense vs. Arizona Cardinals defense

Derrick Henry, running back, Tennessee Titans

PFFELO Ranking: 24

Coverage by: Mark Chichester

Matchup: Arizona Cardinals offense vs. Tennessee Titans defense

  • RB Kerwynn Williams vs. LB Avery Williamson – With starting running back Adrian Peterson still struggling with a neck injury, fifth-year back Kerwynn Williams is set to start his second-straight game for the team. Williams filled in admirably during his team’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 13, where he carried the ball 16 times for 97 yards, forced one missed tackle and averaged an impressive 2.81 yards after contact per attempt, the 14th-best mark among backs. This week, Williams will be hoping to continue his success, but it won’t come easy against Avery Williamson, who has tallied a run stop percentage of 8.8 percent so far this season, good for 19th among inside linebackers, while his run-defense grade of 87.4 currently sits eighth among players at the position.
  • T Jared Veldheer vs. Edge Brian Orakpo –With D.J. Humphries out for the year with a knee injury, the Cardinals opted to move Veldheer from right tackle back over to left tackle, and the veteran has responded magnificently. In his last three games protecting the blind side, the veteran has allowed just three pressures on 122 pass-block snaps for a pass-blocking efficiency of 98.0, good for sixth among all tackles in that span. In his latest contest, he’ll be looking to keep Brian Orakpo at bay, but that’s easier said than done. Through 13 weeks, the veteran edge-rusher has racked up 50 total pressures, the fifth-most among 3-4 outside linebackers, while his pass-rush productivity of 11.9 currently ranks ninth among players at the position.
  • TE Ricky Seals-Jones vs. LB Wesley Woodyard – Three weeks ago, head coach Bruce Arians decided to give the former Texas A&M wideout a shot, and the rookie has repaid him in a huge way. In his last three games, Seals-Jones has caught 9-of-10 catchable targets for three touchdowns and 170 receiving yards at an average of 5.67 yards per route run, which ranks first among tight ends in that span by quite a considerable margin. This week, he’s in for a tough matchup against Wesley Woodyard, who has performed well when covering tight ends this season. Through 13 weeks, Woodyard has allowed just 12 receptions from 20 targets for 161 yards and a passer rating of just 46.0 when covering tight ends.

Ricky Seals-Jones, tight end, Arizona Cardinals

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