November 5th, 2018
How does a team that has scored over 100 points less then the other top 4 teams in the AFC end up in 2nd place in the conference? That is what many people in Tennessee are asking themselves, as the Titans sit with an 8-3 record and our in first place in the AFC South.
This Titans team made A LOT of moves since the end of last season. After being eliminated in the wild card by eventual AFC runner-up Pittsburgh, Tennessees GM Steve McNair and Head Coach Drew Johnson made a collective decision “win now”. The Titans realized that the draft class was weak and set out and made 3 trades in the off-season, leveraging the future for the present. Additions on Defense such as Tahir Whitehead and Tyeler Davison have vaunted this Titans D to one of the best in the NFL.
Then, the big one happened. With the Titans sitting at 3-2 after winning their first 3 games and losing the following 2, Tennessee made their move. Many people thought it was crazy when it happened but the Titans shipped their young stud CB Adoree Jackson to Pittsburgh for RB LeVeon Bell and a 2nd round draft pick. Since Leveons arrival in Tennessee, the Titans are 5-1. His stats don’t jump off the page every week but he has won the AFC OPTW and has changed the way the offense works. Taking pressure off of Mariota and letting Tennessee win games by pounding the rock, play actions and playing great Defense.
The Titans defense has 21 interceptions on the year and have forced 10 fumbles. The Defense is leading the NFL in Defensive PPG only surrendering an average of 14. This has led the Titans to many tight wins. 7 of their 8 wins have came by only 7 points or less and the other win was a 12-0 shutout of the Chargers. On top of that, all this has happened on the Road. Despite losing their latest game in New Orleans, the Titans are 6-1 on the road. 4 of their last 5 games are at home and Coach Johnson said he is confident in a strong finish for the squad.
Expectations are high in Tennessee and with only 1 loss coming to an AFC opponent so far and although most won’t say it, fans and players alike are starting to envision a trip to that game that starts with an S!