Garrard, Sims-Walker disappoint in Tennessee 

November, 2, 2009
I don't buy into football home/road splits very much, so when it was pointed out to me that David Garrard of the Jacksonville Jaguars was 0-for-the-season when it came to throwing touchdown passes away from cozy but often half-empty Alltel Stadium, I basically ignored the information. Instead, I foolishly chose to recommend him -- and start him on two fantasy teams -- because he was facing the awful Tennessee Titans defense, one that was coming off a 59-0 pasting in the snow.

Mike Sims-Walker
Fernando Medina/US PresswireMike Sims-Walker didn't take advantage of the cushy matchup quite like we expected.
Score one for the home/road splits, an objective observer might say. Let's take it further, though. Is Garrard even the safest option at home? And what about wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker, who also merited a top-10 staff rank at his position heading into Week 8 and managed a fantasy goose egg? Garrard at least scored three points, enough to pass the Ja-Mendoza line (named after Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who continues to provide awful performances on a weekly basis). But Sims-Walker and Torry Holt totaled one fantasy point.

Garrard has still tossed nary a touchdown pass on the road, and while we should give credit to the Titans, let's just say I won't be sitting opposing quarterbacks against them the rest of the way. Luckily for the Titans, next up is Alex Smith and likely a Buffalo Bills backup to be named later, so it might not have mattered anyway. Sorry, but I don't buy it. I blame this one on the Jaguars' poor passing game and their offensive line's inability to protect its quarterback. They all looked mesmerized by a defense that lacks playmakers and depth.