There are a lot of mattress companies in South Carolina that claim to have the perfect mattress for everyone. At Sleep King, we believe that every person is different and has different needs when it comes to their mattress. That's why our mattress store in Nashville, TN, has a wide variety of beds and brands to choose from. That way, you can find the right mattress for your body and get the very best sleep quality possible.
As a family-owned and operated mattress store with more than 40 years of experience in the sleep industry, we know a thing or two about comfortable mattresses. Nashville residents choose Sleep King because we provide our customers with a personalized shopping experience. When you walk through our showroom doors, we want you to feel comfortable - both on our mattresses and with our store associates. At Sleep King, you won't ever have to worry about pushy salespeople and limited selection. Instead, you will discover that we encourage you to take your time as you search for your next bed. Sleep is incredibly important, and by proxy, finding the right mattress for your body type is too.
When you visit our showroom in Nashville, know that we are a full-service store with mattress experts ready to help. From questions about mattresses and their warranties to financing and mattress delivery, there's no question we haven't heard before.
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At Sleep King, we carry the largest selection of high-quality national brand mattresses in Nashville.
Often considered the best mattress brand in the world, innovation sets MLILY mattresses apart from others. Our customers love MLILY mattresses because they are expertly built through decades of research and rigorous testing. The folks at MLILY are committed to precision, meaning every detail of product detail they push is geared towards the ultimate satisfaction and comfort.
Restonic Mattresses: Restonic line of mattresses are multi-layered beds with cooling foam technology that adds resilience, support, and temperature control. The result is a cool, comfy sleep that leaves you refreshed and ready to attack the day.
Every mattress in the Comfort Sleep lineup has a great combo of support and comfort, making for a restful night's sleep. With heavy-gauge coils and high-performance materials, these mattresses are durable and built to last. Be sure to try one of these mattresses out in our showroom - our customers love the pocketed coils and minimal motion transfer.
The Golden brand is lesser known than some, like Tempurpedic. Still, it is a quality product with many foam and non-foam options that we think you'll love. Choose from standard memory foam, hybrid, and innerspring options while visiting our showroom in Nashville.
There's much more to choosing a good bed than how you think it will look in your bedroom. There's plenty to think about, from innerspring options to memory foam and even hybrid mattresses. At Sleep King, our priority is our customers. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service. We want to do right by you, which why we want to be sure you find the perfect bed when you visit our mattress store in Nashville, TN. To help you get started, here are a few tips on choosing the best bed for your sleep needs.
This tip might seem like a no-brainer to some, but it's important that you visit a showroom so that you can lay on different beds to get a feel for what you like. At Mattress King, you will have the chance to explore different styles, designs, and shapes, and mattress materials. Finding a bed online at a price you can afford is great, but you should lie on the bed first, not just look at it on a screen.
Here's a surprising fact: just because a mattress costs more money, it doesn't mean it's going to be a better bed. Sure, more expensive beds might have newer technologies and materials, but not everyone has the budget to walk into a mattress store in Nashville and spend $3,000. Figure out what price range you're comfortable paying and look at the best options for your bottom line.
Before you swing by our showroom and start trying out beds, it might be a good idea to measure the space where your new mattress will go. If your bedroom is on the small side, a king-sized bed might be too big. Similarly, a small bed in a huge room might make for strange aesthetics. Aim for a reasonable amount of room around your bed - enough where you can walk around comfortably. As mentioned above, get specific measurements of the area you plan to use. That way, you have peace of mind knowing your new mattress will fit in your bedroom.
This tip often comes down to personal preference. It will take a little bit of trial and error to figure out which material works best for your back - innerspring, memory foam, or latex. While your friend's and family's opinions matter, keep in mind that their mattress choice was subjective. What works for them won't necessarily work for you.
Also called coil mattresses, innerspring beds are probably the most well-known on this short list. Innerspring mattresses are often more affordable than their latex and memory foam counterparts. These beds are ideal for people who want a lot of support and a cooler night's sleep.
This material is known for its great cooling properties and overall comfort. With latex, there are no strange off-gassing odors like you sometimes get with memory foam. Latex mattresses are ideal for people who want a responsive, bouncy feel and may have problems sleeping hot.
First developed by NASA in the 70s, memory foam is probably the most popular material in the modern mattress market. Memory foam conforms to every inch of your body, giving you maximum comfort and support. Memory foam is also know for its anti-motion properties. Memory foam can be a great choice if you tend to toss and turn at night and sleep with a partner who wakes up when you do. Memory foam mattresses are ideal for people who need pressure relief, good support, and refreshing comfort.
If you have a bad back, it's crucial that you find a mattress with proper support. Slat and spring beds often offer plenty of support, but latex and memory foam options have come a long way. If you want memory foam or latex but find the support to be subpar, consider an adjustable base instead of a normal platform. That way, you can always sleep in a comfortable position that benefits your back.
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Football! It's here! I've been covering the NFL for a decent period of time -- allegedly I'm old at this point -- and it's easy to get jaded going through the motions of an offseason. But when the kickoff arrives, it hits like a ton of bricks. Summer is over and it's time to spend the next several months doing nothing but watching an oblong, inflated piece of pig butt bounce wildly around a giant piece of grass. There's nothing better.This season, I'll be ...
Football! It's here! I've been covering the NFL for a decent period of time -- allegedly I'm old at this point -- and it's easy to get jaded going through the motions of an offseason. But when the kickoff arrives, it hits like a ton of bricks. Summer is over and it's time to spend the next several months doing nothing but watching an oblong, inflated piece of pig butt bounce wildly around a giant piece of grass. There's nothing better.
This season, I'll be putting my best bets up on SportsLine (use promo code "Pick" and get your first month for $1) so make sure to subscribe. There will be a heater at some point, let's hope it happens out of the gate.
Speaking of which, I love the dogs on this slate. The Falcons could beat the brakes off the Panthers, but it's way more likely that game comes down to a field goal. The Chiefs kickoff game is a total wild card -- I love Kansas City but wait if you do too because the line is plummeting.
Every year we see a bunch of underdogs win outright in Week 1 and there are multiple overreactions across the board before things self correct a bit after a few weeks. I think if you're unsure, this week is the week to take the underdogs.
Most everyone will be fading the Cardinals in the first week. It's a little too obvious? But Washington should be rocking this weekend I like the first half line for the Commanders much better than the full game line, if only because of how fans are reacting to Josh Harris' purchase of this team. Arizona is trotting out Josh Dobbs to start this game and could be short of several skill-position guys. Washington has a legit defense and this is a must-win for Ron Rivera thanks to having a new boss. Sam Howell is a better quarterback than most of the world thinks and he lays it on the line with a surprisingly bruising rushing skillset. Arizona got some preseason hype thanks to an aggressive coaching approach, but this roster just isn't there right now.
The 49ers received exceptionally good news on Wednesday when Nick Bosa signed his record-breaking contract (even if it's just on par with Aaron Donald, that says all you need to know) which makes it ~quite~ odd to see the line move in the opposite direction. Pittsburgh's now just getting two points in this Week 1 matchup. I wouldn't have a problem if this game was a pick 'em; the Steelers have an elite coach, a young would-be franchise quarterback who's flashed this preseason, plenty of weapons, an improved run game and a defense that's trustworthy. Getting points at home to open the season is an easy look, even if the 49ers possess one of the best rosters in the NFL. San Francisco's just 2-3 in Week 1 games the last five years
Unlike the dog above, this sure feels likes a massive coaching mismatch. Mike Vrabel is the most underrated coach in the NFL, a guy who gets the absolute most out of a minimal Tennessee roster. Everyone's been touting the reunion of Dennis Allen and Derek Carr as the logic for New Orleans being the consensus favorite in the NFC South and yet no one's mentioning their 0-4 record together. Vrabel's record as an underdog in the early part of the season is outstanding and the Saints are overvalued thanks ot a decent preseason performance.
I'm very, very high on the Falcons this season but this is too many points for a Frank Reich coached team, largely inflated by the poor performance from the Panthers offensive line this preseason. That unit's a concern for sure with rookie Bryce Young under center and Adam Thielen/D.J. Chark banged up. But Atlanta doesn't have the edge rushers to get after Young in a quick-hitting offensive system that should run the ball better than we saw. Brian Burns should be a go for this game and while Atlanta ultimately might be the better team, this particular matchup might not be the best for Atlanta, especially laying the hook here with a well-coached team sporting a stout defensive front.
The Rams are considered has-beens by just about everyone covering the NFL this year. The Cooper Kupp injury situation -- he's already ruled out for Week 1 -- does not help. But Sean McVay has a pretty outstanding record against Pete Carroll since taking over this franchise, going 7-5 with only a single loss by more than the spread for this Week 1 matchup. Matthew Stafford is healthy, Cam Akers is ready to roll and Aaron Donald -- in my opinion -- comes out of the gates scorching. Seattle has done wonders with its roster post Russell Wilson; Pete Carroll and John Schneider deserve all the credit in the world, but the first week of the season very rarely indicates a full year. Seattle will be good but the Rams may catch them here.
NASHVILLE – The Titans returned to the practice field on Friday to continue preparations for Sunday's regular season opener at the New Orleans Saints.Here's a look at the developments of the day, in quick-hitting fashion …-Undrafted rookie Kearis Jackson not only made the team after roster cuts – he earned a role for Week One.Jackson, who played at Georgia, will return punts for the Titans on Sunday, and he's also in line for kickoff duties, along with rookie Tyjae Spears."...
NASHVILLE – The Titans returned to the practice field on Friday to continue preparations for Sunday's regular season opener at the New Orleans Saints.
Here's a look at the developments of the day, in quick-hitting fashion …
-Undrafted rookie Kearis Jackson not only made the team after roster cuts – he earned a role for Week One.
Jackson, who played at Georgia, will return punts for the Titans on Sunday, and he's also in line for kickoff duties, along with rookie Tyjae Spears.
"I'm very much excited about the opportunity coming up this weekend, my first real NFL game after going through the preseason, when I got a feel for things," Jackson said on Friday. "Now it's an opportunity to represent my team, represent my family, represent everyone back home but most of all putting on a good show for the Titans and making sure I am putting the team in the right position back there as a returner.
"I have to make the most of my opportunity and also trust the guys around me."
Jackson returned two punts for 24 yards in the preseason, and he returned three kicks for 77 yards, with a long of 33.
Jackson, who returned 18 kickoffs for 391 yards a year ago at Georgia, said returning punts and kicks takes a certain mentality.
"You definitely have to have a dog mentality," Jackson said. "I feel like I am a fearless player. And being back there as a rookie, I don't think that too much scares me at all – I feel like I have been on the big stage a couple of times. I feel like I am a confident person in myself and I don't feel nervous about the situation.
"I am excited to go out there and play football."
-Titans Coach Mike Vrabel was asked if he'd decided who will be his No.2 QB for Sunday – Malik Willis or Will Levis?
Vrabel didn't provide any clues.
"Well, we'll have the gameday (report) 90 minutes before the situation," Vrabel said.
-Receiver Treylon Burks is a go for Sunday after working his way back from last month's knee injury.
Burks practiced again on Friday, and he doesn't even have an injury designation for the contest, which means he's good to go.
-The Titans released their final Injury Report on Friday, and it looked like this: CB Tre Avery (hamstring) is OUT. OLB Harold Landry (abdomen) and OL Dillon Radunz (knee) were full participants on Friday, and listed as QUESTIONABLE.
Meanwhile, OLB Arden Key (calf) and quarterback Will Levis (quad) were again full participants, along with Burks, and they're good to go.
Tight end Trevon Wesco and receiver DeAndre Hopkins both practiced in full on Friday after being listed as limited participants on Thursday, but only because they were given some rest a day earlier. Both Wesco and Hopkins are good to go.
-The Saints ruled out WR Tre'Quan Smith (groin) and S J.T. Gray (shoulder) on their final Injury Report on Friday.
-I did a separate story on DeAndre Hopkins on Friday. CLICK HERE to read it.
Veteran WR @DeAndreHopkins looking forward to making his #Titans debut."I am a competitor, so all other 31 teams, I am trying my best to go out there and beat them – that's my job."READ https://t.co/7w2Z4bMcdH pic.twitter.com/ejCdLxBQNP— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 8, 2023
-I also did a story on Tim Shaw and Steve Gleason serving as honorary captains for Sunday's game. CLICK HERE to ready that piece.
Tim Shaw, @SteveGleason to serve as honorary team captains for @Titans-@Saints season opener. @TShawsTruth: “I think that Steve and I don't try to inspire, we just try to live. And that's what is inspiring.”STORY https://t.co/Hmtq5aBqoK pic.twitter.com/J4AMoaBAes— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 8, 2023
-The Titans are scheduled to travel to New Orleans on Saturday for Sunday's game at Caesars Superdome.
Nashville, Tenn. (September 7, 2023) – The Nashville Predators organization has announced their theme nights for all 41 home games during the 2023-24 season.This season, which is highlighted by the Preds’ 25th Anniversary, will feature key theme nights to celebrate the historic season. The 25th Anniversary nights include Opening Night celebrations, Inaugural Team Night with the return of fan favorites, as well as Captain’s Night featuring previous Preds Captains throughout the t...
Nashville, Tenn. (September 7, 2023) – The Nashville Predators organization has announced their theme nights for all 41 home games during the 2023-24 season.
This season, which is highlighted by the Preds’ 25th Anniversary, will feature key theme nights to celebrate the historic season. The 25th Anniversary nights include Opening Night celebrations, Inaugural Team Night with the return of fan favorites, as well as Captain’s Night featuring previous Preds Captains throughout the team’s history.
Nashville Predators Theme Nights
Hispanic Heritage Night - Oct. 5 vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Opening Night – Oct. 12 vs. Seattle Kraken
Halloween Night – Oct. 28 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Veterans Day presented by MTSU – Nov. 11 vs. Arizona Coyotes
Hockey Fights Cancer in partnership with Vanderbilt Health – Nov. 18 vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Star Wars Night – Dec. 7 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Hockey Holidays – Dec. 23 vs. Dallas Stars
Throwback Thursday – Jan. 4 vs. Calgary Flames
Inaugural Team Night – Jan. 22 vs. Florida Panthers
Celebrating Black History – Jan. 31 vs. Los Angeles Kings
API Night – Feb. 10 vs. Arizona Coyotes
Captain’s Night presented by Hunt Brothers Pizza – Feb. 13 vs. New Jersey Devils
Leap Year – Feb 29 vs. Minnesota Wild
Kids Day – March 2 vs. Colorado Avalanche
Ford Military Salute Week – March 19 vs. San Jose Sharks
Ford Military Salute Week – March 23 vs. Detroit Red Wings
Ford Military Salute Week – March 26 vs. Vegas Golden Knights
Hockey Fights Cancer in partnership with Vanderbilt Health – April 4 vs. St. Louis Blues
Pride Night – April 9 vs. Winnipeg Jets
Fan Appreciation Night presented by Bridgestone – April 13 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Theme Ticket Packs
Theme ticket packs are a great opportunity to attend a game with others who have shared special interests and a way to get access to exclusive promotional items! For groups of 10+, please call 615-770-7800 or email email@example.com. Inventory is subject to availability. Exclusively priced tickets and/or passes are not eligible for resale. Any unauthorized use of purchased tickets shall be reviewed at the sole discretion of Nashville Predators Hockey Club, LP.
Hispanic Heritage Night – Oct. 5 vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night with the Preds! Purchase a special ticket package and receive an exclusive t-shirt designed by a local artist accompanied by your Predators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning ticket.
Oktoberfest - Oct. 17 vs. Edmonton Oilers
Celebrate Oktoberfest with the Preds! Purchase a special theme ticket for this night and receive a Preds branded stein.
First Responders Night - Oct. 21 vs. San Jose Sharks
Celebrate our Hometown Heroes! Purchase a special theme ticket for this night and receive a Preds branded First Responders themed t-shirt.
Daddy Daughter Night – Oct 24 vs. Vancouver Canucks
Dads and Daughters are invited to join the Preds on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Receive a Preds branded scrunchie with purchase of a ticket package as well as $10 Gnash Cash for Dad.
Pickleball Night – Nov 26 vs. Winnipeg Jets
Let's play (Pickle)Ball! Purchase the special PickleBall Ticket Pack to receive an exclusive Preds Paddle Bag along with your game ticket.
Star Wars Night - Dec. 7 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Purchase a special theme ticket for Star Wars Night and receive a limited edition Preds Star Wars Jersey. Star Wars characters will be on hand in SMASHVILLE as well!
Teachers Night - Jan. 13 vs. New York Islanders
Celebrate our Hometown Heroes! Purchase a special theme ticket for this night and receive a Preds branded teachers-themed t-shirt.
Black History Night – Jan. 31 vs. Los Angeles Kings
Celebrate Black History Night with the Preds! Purchase a special ticket package and receive an exclusive T-Shirt designed by a local artist accompanied by your Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings ticket.
API Night – Feb. 10 vs. Arizona Coyotes
Celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Night with the Preds! Purchase a special ticket package and receive an exclusive t-shirt designed by a local artist accompanied by your Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes ticket.
Healthcare Industry Appreciation Night - Feb. 15 vs. Dallas Stars
To celebrate the men and women in healthcare and those that work on the frontline, join us for our Healthcare Industry Appreciation Night on Dec. 15. Purchase a special theme ticket for this night and receive a Preds branded Healthcare t-shirt.
Women In Business - Feb. 29 vs. Minnesota Wild
Join the Preds in Smashville on Feb. 29, for the Preds second annual Women in Business Night. With the purchase of a ticket, you will have access to our pregame speaker series and enjoy $10 Gnash Cash to use toward your first drink at the game.
Pride Night - April 9 vs. Winnipeg Jets
Join us for the ninth annual Predators Pride Night on April 9 vs. the Winnipeg Jets! Purchase a special theme ticket for this night and receive a limited-edition Pride Night t-shirt.
For more information on Nashville Predators Theme Nights, please visit NashvillePredators.com/Themes.
Ticket inventory is extremely limited for the 2023-24 season. The best way to secure seats and maximize benefits is by joining the Loyal Legion with a season ticket plan. Fans can secure Full, Half and Quarter Season Ticket locations TODAY by visiting NashvillePredators.com or calling 615-770-7800. To view the full schedule for the upcoming season, please visit NashvillePredators.com/Schedule.
The Nashville Predators announced today their roster for the 2023 Southeast Rookie Showcase, held from Sept. 15-18 at Hertz Arena in Estero, Fla., home of the Florida Panthers ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades.There will be plenty of familiar faces on Nashville’s roster, including eight players who suited up for the Predators and/or the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals in 2022-23. However, the roster will also feature 15 prospects, draft picks and invitees who are not as well known – at least not yet.Four players...
The Nashville Predators announced today their roster for the 2023 Southeast Rookie Showcase, held from Sept. 15-18 at Hertz Arena in Estero, Fla., home of the Florida Panthers ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades.
There will be plenty of familiar faces on Nashville’s roster, including eight players who suited up for the Predators and/or the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals in 2022-23. However, the roster will also feature 15 prospects, draft picks and invitees who are not as well known – at least not yet.
Four players on Nashville’s rookie roster – forwards Luke Evangelista and Egor Afanasyev, defenseman Spencer Stastney and goaltender Yaroslav Askarov – suited up for the Preds last season and have at least one game of NHL experience. Meanwhile, five players – forwards Kalan Lind, Joey Willis and Austin Roest, and defensemen Tanner Molendyk and Dylan MacKinnon – were selected by the Preds in the 2023 NHL Draft in June and will be first-time participants in the Southeast Rookie Showcase.
Showcase “veterans” Evangelista and Afanasyev will lead the forward group on this year’s roster, along with returning participants Navrin Mutter, Zachary L’Heureux and Jachym Kondelik. They will be joined by Joakim Kemell, Nashville’s first-round pick (17th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft, who will be making his first appearance at the Southeast Rookie Showcase after leading both the Admirals and all AHL rookies with eight goals in his first Calder Cup Playoffs in 2022-23.
Another forward prospect making his highly anticipated Rookie Showcase debut is Fedor Svechkov, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Nashville on May 5. Originally drafted by Nashville in the first round (19th overall) of the 2021 NHL Draft, Svechkov split the 2022-23 season between three leagues in Russia and had been training with the Predators AHL affiliate in Milwaukee for several weeks before arriving in Nashville this summer.
Another newcomer to Preds rookie camp is left winger Reid Schaefer, whom the Predators acquired from the Edmonton Oilers at the 2023 NHL deadline along with defenseman Tyson Barrie, a first-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft – which Nashville used to select Molendyk – and a fourth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.
Rounding out the forward group is Kevin Wall, a Penn State product who signed a two-year AHL contract with Milwaukee on August 18, and Jack O’Brien, a non-roster invitee who put up 59 points (12g-47a) last season for the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks.
This year’s roster includes a number of familiar faces on the blue line, with Stastney, Jack Matier, Adam Wilsby, Graham Sward and Luke Prokop returning this year. Wilsby skated in his first full season with Milwaukee in 2022-23, while Matier, Sward and Prokop were assigned to their respective junior teams following last year’s rookie camp.
Between the pipes, Askarov is joined by Gustavs Grigals, a former collegiate goaltender who played for both UMass Lowell and Alaska-Fairbanks and recently signed his first professional contract with Milwaukee through the 2023-24 season. Rounding out the goaltending group is Austin Elliott, a non-roster invitee from the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades.
The first puck drops in Florida on Friday, Sept. 15. Click here for the full rookie camp roster, and see below for the 2023 Southeast Rookie Showcase schedule:
Friday, Sept. 15 @ 3 p.m. CT - Predators vs. Lightning, Hertz Arena (Estero, Fla.)
Saturday, Sept. 16 @ 5 p.m. CT - Predators vs. Panthers, Hertz Arena (Estero, Fla.)
Sunday, Sept. 17 - Day Off
Monday, Sept. 18 @ 9 a.m. CT - Predators vs. Hurricanes, Hertz Arena (Estero, Fla.)
The Tennessee Titans will enter Sunday's regular-season opener against the New Orleans Saints in the Caesars Superdome with a sledgehammer, the same one they've successfully used since 2018.That'd be an apt – but not complete – description of Derrick Henry, Tennessee's 6-foot-3, 247-pound runner who can pound away at a concrete defensive wall until he punches a hole through, can get to the edge and unleash a stiff arm that the late Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton could appreciate, and can glide through a seam and o...
The Tennessee Titans will enter Sunday's regular-season opener against the New Orleans Saints in the Caesars Superdome with a sledgehammer, the same one they've successfully used since 2018.
That'd be an apt – but not complete – description of Derrick Henry, Tennessee's 6-foot-3, 247-pound runner who can pound away at a concrete defensive wall until he punches a hole through, can get to the edge and unleash a stiff arm that the late Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton could appreciate, and can glide through a seam and outrun an opposing secondary for 60 to 70 yards.
"He's a dynamic back and he's one of the better backs in our league," Saints Coach Dennis Allen said.
And the Titans, undoubtedly, will lean on him Sunday.
Since '18, in 71 games Henry has rushed for 7,101 yards and 68 touchdowns on 1,464 carries, 4.9 yards per carry. Three times, he has led the league in rushing attempts and in back-to-back seasons, 2019-20, he led NFL rushers in yards (1,540 and 2,027), attempts (303 and 378) and touchdowns (16 and 17). In 2021 he played in eight games of the 17 games and ran for 937 yards and 10 touchdowns on 219 carries.
"I would say you've got to get 11 guys around the ball," Allen said. "Because I think they led the league in terms of yards after contact in the run game. He's a really good back. Strong, physical, has great speed, is able to break the long ones and then, they use him in the screen game, too. I think that's important. They do a really good job on a lot of their play-action screen game.
"I just think that this is a team that if you don't fit the run up properly and you're not where you're supposed to be, they create space in your defense and they've got home run hitters running the ball.
"So that's why it's critical that everybody remains disciplined in terms of where they're supposed to be within the defense, because the guys that are playing behind you – whether it be linebackers behind the defensive line or secondary players behind the linebackers – everybody is expecting each player to be at a certain position so that they know exactly where to fit. If a guy's not there, it creates stress on the defense."
The Saints experienced that kind of stress last season, when they ranked 24th in the league against the run, allowing 130.5 yards per game, and 20th in yards per carry allowed at 4.5.
That was a significant dip from previous seasons for New Orleans, which, between 2018 and 2021, never allowed more than 93.9 rushing yards per game in a season and in three of the four years, gave up 3.8 yards per carry or less.
Tennessee, meanwhile, hasn't averaged less than 125.4 yards per game in a season since '18.
And the Titans added rookie running back Tyjae Spears to the equation. At 5-10, 201 pounds, the former Tulane standout has added an agility and speed wrinkle to Tennessee's ground game.
"I don't think there's any question that this team runs a lot of their offense through the running game, particularly Derrick Henry," Allen said. "Obviously, with Tyjae Spears being there now they've got a couple of different runners that they can utilize. But you have to be able to stop the run and play-action game and hopefully get them into some longer yardage situations."
That would mean getting to Henry before he gets downhill, which is only part of the equation.
"Even if you do everything right – play the right gap, get off your block – you still have to tackle him," Saints defensive coordinator Joe Woods said.
"He was hurt last year and he still finished top five rushing yards," said defensive end Cam Jordan. "I think that with this gameplan, we're going to have to come in, play things tightly and know that there's going to be a heavy emphasis on tackling, everybody ganging up on Derrick Henry in the backfield type of game."
In other words, get to the hammer before he can inflict damage.