I’m Just Saying: The Vikings have a home game in which the NFL is handing out free tickets so Lions fans can attend.

DETROIT - DECEMBER 12: People enter Ford Field prior to the start of the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 12, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. Ford Field will host the NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings on Monday December 13 after a blizzard dumped more than 20 inches of snow in parts of the Midwest causing the inflatable roof to collapse under the weight of snow at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Mall of America Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. . (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

This is the second installment of my new column: “I’m Just Saying.” Peter King has a column (Monday Morning Quarterback), so it only makes sense that a well-respected sports blogger like myself has a column as well.

What? I’m not well-respected? Who the hell is Anthony Stalter? Peter King is more established?


– So let me get this straight, the NFL moved the Giants-Vikings game to a NFC North city and is handing out free tickets? If I’m the Vikings, I’m pissed. Nice home game for Minnesota – think any Lion fans will get sauced up and attend the game for free just to root against the Vikings?

– Of course, if the roof of the Metrodome weren’t made of paper mache, the Vikings wouldn’t have to worry about playing at Ford Field.

– Does anyone else find it ironic that Sal Alosi’s job as the Jets’ head strength and conditioning coach is to help players get in shape and avoid injuries and he goes out and trips a Dolphins player…who gets injured? You stay classy, Sal Alosi.

– I’m willing to bet that if the Patriots played all of their games in a blizzard, they would be 19-0 and will have beaten their opponents by a combined score of 855-17.

– The Titans’ backdoor cover against the Colts on Thursday night was one of the worst backdoor covers in the history of backdoor covers. First of all, Indy was up 21-0 in the first half. So what should have been a blowout actually turned into a decent game because their defense is made of Charmin extra soft tissue paper. After they allowed Tennessee to crawl back in the second half, Peyton Manning had not one, but two chances to waste the clock and move the ball and he did neither. Then, with the Colts up by 10 in the final minutes of the game (they were favored by 3), Jeff Fisher trots out Rob Bironas for a field goal attempt but calls him back instead. He decides to put his offense back onto the field and Kerry Collins marches the Titans up the field for a touchdown on the final play of the game (a 4th down no less) and covers the spread. If Fisher were actually trying to win the game, he would have kicked the field goal and tried an onsides kick (he needed 10 points, after all). But because he was trying to screw bettors (which is the only logical explanation here), he decided to go for the touchdown and run the clock down to zero in the process. Final score: Colts 30, Titans 28. Thanks, Jeff.

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If they’re not going to use him, why did the Titans put a claim in on Moss?

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Randy Moss shows his frustration as he watches the game from the bench against the Houston Texans in the first half at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on November 28, 2010. The Texans defeated the Titans 20-0.  UPI/Aaron M. Sprecher Photo via Newscom

Want to know how irrelevant Randy Moss has become? It wasn’t until the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game between the Titans and Colts that I realized he wasn’t on the field. And even then, one of the horrendous NFL Network announcers had to mention something for me to notice.

For only the second time in his career, Moss wasn’t targeted in a game as Tennessee fell to Indianapolis, 30-28. In five games with the Titans, he has just five catches for 62 yards, which of course begs the question: Why did the Titans claim him if they weren’t going to use him?

According to coach Jeff Fisher, the reason Moss didn’t see much action last night was because he and Kenny Britt play the same position.

“Well, (Britt and Moss) are playing the same position and so we try our best to rotate them both, but Kenny was feeling good and he made some plays for us,” Fisher said. “… It’s just that Kenny was a starter here and he came back (from a hamstring injury). He fought back. I’m pleased with everything Randy has done. He’s been great with the guys and great in the locker room and he’ll continue to play.”

On the surface, what Fisher said makes sense. Britt had an injury, returned, and earned his starting job back from the newcomer.

But the newcomer isn’t some street free agent that the Titans signed – it’s Randy freaking Moss. And even if Moss is on the downside of his career, it’s up to Fisher and his coaching staff to figure out how to best utilize the talent on their roster.

Are you telling me that it’s not worth having Moss streak towards the end zone and Kerry Collins throwing him a jump ball when the Titans are down two scores at the end of the game? Is that what Fisher is saying? That because Kenny Britt (the same Kenny Britt that has been in and out of Fisher’s doghouse the past two years) plays the same position that Moss is rendered useless? Come on.

I wonder what Bill Belichick or Andy Reid would do if they had both Moss and Britt on the same roster. I highly doubt you would have heard either of them say, “Well, they play the same position so that’s why we left Moss on the bench for four quarters.” They would find ways to get both of them on the field at the same time because that’s what good coaches do.

It’s ridiculous the way Fisher and the Titans have handled Moss and I wonder if this isn’t Fisher’s way of sticking it to the front office. As in, “Hey, you want me to use this guy? I’ll show you…Randy, sit your ass on the bench.”

If that’s the case, then maybe it’s time for the longest-tenured head coach to move on. I’m not saying that the mess in Tennessee is all Fisher’s fault, but sometimes change is for the best.

Kenny Britt to miss 6-8 weeks?

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt (18) reaches out to try and catch a pass, as San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver (27) watches, in the first half of their NFL football game in San Diego, California October 31, 2010.   REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Pundits thought that one of the reasons why the Titans put a claim in for Randy Moss was because Kenny Britt’s hamstring injury would sideline him for a good chunk of the season.

Apparently they were right.

Citing a league source, Terry McCormick of Titans Insider is reporting that Britt could miss the next 6-8 weeks. Jeff Fisher sounded optimistic recently about Britt’s hamstring injury but if McCormick’s report is true, the Titans will be without their top wideout for most of the second half.

The Titans better get Randy Moss up to speed quickly because if he can’t make an impact out of the gates next week (the team has a bye this Sunday), defenses will continue to load up the box to stop Chris Johnson. It remains to be seen how motivated Moss will be to play for Tennessee, which is a serious playoff contender but certainly not in the same realm as the Patriots.

Titans claim Randy Moss off waivers

Minnesota Vikings Randy Moss raises his hand during warm-ups before the game against the New York Jets in week 5 of the NFL season at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on October 11, 2010.   UPI /John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

The Titans have claimed Randy Moss off waivers from the Vikings according to Jim Wyatt via his Twitter page. They were also the only team to put in a claim on the troublemaker.

The only thing that remains to be seen is if the Titans are good enough to acquire Moss’ services. Earlier in the day, Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reported that the receiver would be willing to sit out the remainder of the season if he dislikes the team that claims him. He apparently wants a ring and won’t allow a little thing like self respect get in the way of what he wants most in life.

If you haven’t picked up on my distaste for Moss (it’s more of his attitude than him as a player) in the first two paragraphs, let me lay it on a little thicker for you: I hope he doesn’t want to play for Tennessee and he winds up sitting out the rest of the year. Then, in protest of his attitude, none of the 32 teams pick up the phone and call him this offseason.

But that’s not going to happen. Even at his age, he’s too talented for teams to stay away, although I find it interesting that the Titans were the only ones to put a claim in.

If does he report, he’ll make Chris Johnson even more lethal because teams won’t be able to stack the box and leave their corners on an island with Tennessee’s receivers. Moss is too good not to at least have a safety shading to his side, so CJ might see some open running lanes.

This of course doesn’t bode well for Kenny Britt’s hamstring injury. He won’t play in Week 10 when the Titans come back from their bye and if the team thought he could return shortly thereafter, there would be no sense in claiming Moss. They’re 30th in pass attempts per game and obviously their commitment is to getting Johnson the ball, so if Britt was healthy I imagine they would have taken a pass on Moss.

We’ll see how this all turns out. But given that it’s Randy Moss, it probably won’t be pretty.

Kenny Britt has a decent day vs. Eagles

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 3: Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball in warmups against the Green Bay Packers during a preseason NFL game at LP Field on September 3, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans beat the Packers 27-13. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

If Kenny Britt plays as well every week as he did on Sunday against the Eagles, then maybe Jeff Fisher won’t mind if the young lad got into more bar fights.

Just two days after he was accused of striking a man in a brawl, Britt hauled in seven catches for 225 yards and three touchdowns in the Titans’ 37-19 win over the Eagles. He abused Ellis Hobbs and the rest of Philly’s secondary, which had looked so good last week against the Falcons.

Britt clearly has the talent to be a star in this league, but he needs to stay out of Fisher’s doghouse so that he can stay on the field and receive opportunities. He wasn’t charged or arrested in the fight on Friday morning, but that doesn’t mean he’ll face further punishment (he was benched at the start of the game on Sunday). Maybe his effort today will motivate him to stay out of trouble and focus his attention to football and football only.

As for the rest of the Titans, this was an impressive win coming off a dominating effort over the Jaguars on Monday night. If they can pick up a win next Sunday at San Diego, then they can head into their bye week with a 6-2 record. That wouldn’t be a bad start.

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