For the purposes of this article, I have a crystal ball and I can see the future. Sometimes very clearly, and other times what I see leaves me confused and scratching my head. Long ago, I decided that using the crystal ball, or The Ball, for personal gain was too dangerous and unpredictable. Now I only use it to make sports related predictions. Here are my predictions for the 2012 Tennessee Titans:
1. Chris Johnson will gain 2,000 yards from scrimmage this year. From all accounts, he is focused and driven this offseason, which seems to be in contrast to last offseason’s contract whine-session. Also, the offensive line should be improved with the addition of Hutchinson and an offseason to fix the weaknesses of last year’s squad. (The Ball says that either Harris or Amano is riding the pine this season.)
2. Kendall Wright will be the second leading receiver on the team in both yards and touchdowns. Who will be number one? I don’t know – The Ball doesn’t tell me everything. I would hope that it’s Kenny Britt, but there is no guarantee he will be 100% to begin the season and that might significantly affect his numbers.
3. Akeem Ayers will lead the team in sacks. More importantly, the team as a whole will improve greatly on the paltry sack numbers they posted in 2011. It’s shocking to me that the Titans had a respectable defense last year considering they only sacked the opposing QB 28 times. That number will go up in 2012. Trust The Ball.
4. Jake Locker will start at least 6 games this season. Honestly, when the crystal ball showed me that, it made a little angry. It’s too vague to be worth much, but I figured I would pass it along. Does this mean he will be the number two QB to start the season and will take over at some point due to injury or bad play? I wish I had an answer for that, but I don’t. The Ball gives and The Ball takes away. And sometimes it just messes with me.
5. The Titans will be in the playoff hunt all season long. The AFC South is wide open even if the “experts” all love the Texans right now. The “experts” have loved the Texans for a long time and now they just want to be able to pat themselves on the back as much as possible while they can. The Texans are taking a step back. The Ball has spoken.
So, there are my predictions for the 2012 season. Have I lost my mind? Don’t answer that. Do you agree, disagree? Or do you feel like punching me? What are your predictions for this season? I would like to hear what other Titans’ fans think is going to happen to our team in 2012. Comment often and with as much passion and swagger as possible.