Should New England be scared of the Tennessee Titans

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 20: Tom Brady /

The Tennessee Titans a potential speed bump for the New England Patriots.

The Tennessee Titans are not supposed to go to the Super Bowl this year, they just aren’t quite there yet.

However, they are a playoff caliber team and more and more people are starting to see this roster as a top-10 team (at worst) in the NFL.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the New England Patriots SBNation site (Pats Pulpit) listed the Tennessee Titans as a top-5 AFC threat to the Pats.

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Michael McDermott laid out a pretty compelling argument on why the Titans should be viewed that way, I encourage you to check that out at the link above.

For time’s sake, here are some of the quotes that I found most interesting:

On the Titans offense:

“Not only do the Titans possess a potential franchise QB, they also have a decent surrounding cast, built over the last 3 years. 2016 first round pick Jack Conklin was a huge success after leveraging the 1st pick of the draft in a trade that would make Bill Belichick proud. The Titans have two quality bookends on their offensive line with Taylor Lewan and Conklin.”

“In the offseason, they drafted Corey Davis 5th overall and added Eric Decker to be their outside receivers. In the middle of the field, they have Delanie Walker, whose been one of the game’s most underrated players the last 5 years and their backs can catch the football pretty well. Their passing game could become more formidable as Mariota gains experience and the Titans develop outside targets.”

I think that he has a great point on the Tennessee Titans young talent, mentioning stars like Taylor Lewan, Jack Conklin and Corey Davis along with vets like Delanie Walker and Eric Decker.

I think the Titans will use Eric Decker in the slot and find a way to get he, Matthews and Davis all there at the same time but he could play some outside too.

On the Titans recent success and a potential matchup:

“The Titans are a team that’s trending up, winning 9 games in 2016 including a couple solid wins against the Packers, Broncos, and Chiefs. It’s possible the team takes the next step, but with a head to head match-up I don’t think the Titans will match up very well. The one element they would have is the element of surprise, but at the same time in a playoff matchup, the Titans would have to travel to Foxborough in January.”

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  • Noting the wins against Green Bay, Denver and Kansas City makes me realize that he did his homework on the Titans schedule last year and their tough wins.

    While I think this team takes the next step, he has a great point that going into Foxborough in January for a playoff game would be a nightmare. However, this team is built for that sort of game with the offensive line and running game.

    This is a sign of respect from those around the league looking forward and noting that the Titans could be a tough out for any team. Even more impressive is that the Titans are on the Pats radar even though the only way we would play them is in the playoffs, meaning that we aren’t even on their regular season schedule.

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    With a lot of hype brewing all fans can hope for is that the team takes a step forward. No one is looking for a ring this year, but making a statement and taking that step would be huge for this team.