Dec 30, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; The Tennessee Titans defensive unit enters the field before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at LP Field. The Titans beat the Jaguars 38-20. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
Ever since the NFL schedules were released, fans have been trying to figure out what games they must attend, televised games they can’t miss, and analysts making their predictions on how NFL teams are going to fare this season.
When I look at the Tennessee Titans schedule, there are some really good games and matchups. Those include the six AFC South battles against the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans. There are some tough out-of-division games that will test our team’s will.
I will refrain from publicizing the two authors names who I would like to stomp on like our old buddy Albert Haynesworth did to that Dallas Cowboys player (Andre Gurode), but the early predictions are disrespectful.
The first prediction I came across showed the Titans at 4-12. I was baffled. It had the Titans going 1-5 in the division, squeaking away with a win against the Jaguars as our only win. Maybe I shouldn’t butcher the guy. I mean, he gave us a two-game win streak versus the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars. The only two other wins this guy is giving us in his prediction is “stealing” wins from the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens.
If you were as baffled at the first prediction as I was, I can do you one better – the most recent prediction of 2-14.
This guy has the audacity to only gives us the back-to-back wins that the first guy gave us against the Browns and Jaguars. It is a slap in the face. How we can’t even be awarded with a win against the Texans is mind-boggling. One thing that really hurt former coach Mike Munchak was his inability to win within the division. Although we didn’t win nearly as many matchups as we should’ve within our division, we were competitive and only a play or two away from having four divisional wins.
Time to exhale for a moment though – these are only predictions from people who are obviously not in favor of the Titans.
We still have a draft to look forward to next week. A lot of things could happen between now and September. These two writers who have gotten big enough of a rise out of me to write an article about them try to “encourage” Titans’ fans that at least we will get out of the trend of mediocrity and get atop-three draft spot to land a top-tier quarterback. We must get out of Mediocre-ville but taking a huge leap backwards isn’t the change we are going for this year.
Next time, I will share my early-season predictions and give our team a fair shake.