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Titans wideout Rishard Matthews confident he’ll return this Sunday

Rishard Matthews

The Tennessee Titans managed to get their revenge with a win over the Houston Texans in Week 13 after the latter had destroyed them earlier in the 2017 NFL season. They now get ready to hit the road for their West Coast trip starting with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Titans could also welcome the return of wide receiver Rishard Matthews. According to Jason Wolf of the Tennessean, Matthews is optimistic he will play this Sunday:

Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews said there’s a “high chance” he’s able to play against the Cardinals on Sunday after missing the previous two games with a hamstring injury.

Needless to say, Matthews’ presence in the passing game has been missed by quarterback Marcus Mariota.

“He’s a vital part of this team, a vital part of this offense,” Mariota said. “He’s a big-time weapon that can do a lot of different things and can score at any point in time.”

The passing game has been virtually non-existent in Matthews’ absence. Fortunately, the Titans have managed to win the past two games on the back of their strong run game. That said, the problems with Tennessee’s aerial attack goes far beyond any single receiver.

Prior to the hamstring injury, Matthews was having somewhat of a down year compared to his debut season with the Titans where he nearly reached the 1,000-yard mark. He is currently the second-leading receiver on the team so far with 41 catches for 626 yards and three touchdowns. Tennessee will need every weapon at their disposal down the stretch in order to maintain the top spot in the AFC South.