The Tennessee Titans are staring right down the barrel of of season redemption. The question is, do they have what it takes to pull the trigger or is it time to chalk up this season as another year of rebuilding?
Locker will be seeing the field for the first time in about five weeks. He could bring a momentum swing to an offense that has seemed dazed and confused the past few weeks as the Titans fell to two teams that seemed otherwise beatable. Locker’s return provides this offense somebody to rally around and turn this season back around. The Titans seem to have a history of starting out the season murkily and then rallying to a strong finish.
With a cloudy playoff picture right now, the Titans still have the chance to make the playoffs. In order to do so though, they have to finish strong, as in, not losing more than one more game. It’s also vital that if they do lose another game, it doesn’t come at the hands of another AFC team.
The Titans have lost to the Colts (despite the fact they shouldn’t have), Texans, Patriots, and Chargers. Their two AFC wins have come against the Bills and Steelers. Six of their last seven games come against AFC opponents, three of which are in the AFC South. The only one outside of the AFC? The Green Bay Packers.
We’ll see. This second half of the season could be Locker and the Titans chance to define themselves as a team, as well as set the bar for what to expect from Locker for the next decade.
It all starts with Miami.
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