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Whitworth an obstacle to better Titans' rush

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans aren’t doing a great job getting to the passer, with an average of less than two sacks a game.

In their last two losses, they have totalled one.

Sunday at LP Field they’ll be going against a big Cincinnati line that’s given up only a dozen sacks this season, keyed by left tackle Andrew Whitworth, an underrated guy who’s becoming premier.

“They’re group up front, they’re huge, they are all working well together, the ball is coming out quick, the quarterback (Andy Dalton) doing a good job of that for a young guy,” said Titans coach Mike Munchak, a Hall of Fame offensive lineman. “He’s a good football player, hard to get around, heavy with his hands.”

The Titans will send defensive end Dave Ball at Whitworth, supplementing him with William Hayes if he’s recovered from back issues and earns his way back into action, or Malcolm Sheppard.

Whitworth vs. Ball will be a size versus speed matchup -- Whitworth is 6-foot-7 and 335 pounds, while Ball is 6-5, 255.

“Whitworth might be the best left tackle in the league right now, or at least is playing that way,” Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. said.

He’s heavier than Titans left tackle Michael Roos.

“I like the way he plays, he’s kind of under-the-radar, quiet,” Roos said. “He does his job, he does it well. I don’t think he gets enough credit.”

He’s a fan too, of Whitworth’s look.

“We both have shaved heads,” he said, with a laugh.