Jacksonville Jaguars loss should renew Tennessee Titans hope

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 24: Derrick Henry /

All is not lost for the Tennessee Titans.

The Tennessee Titans just had their worst showing ever, and I even include the New England Patriots game.

However, if Marcus Mariota is relatively healthy (which is a theory based on how he wasn’t wrapped up, limping, on crutches, etc.) then the future looks pretty nice for the Titans.

The Jacksonville Jaguars did a huge favor for the Titans by losing a road game to the New York Jets today. That means this is what the standings look like before tonight’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks:

T-1 Titans: 2-2 (1-1 division)

T-1 Houston Texans: 2-2 (1-1)

T-1 Jacksonville Jaguars: 2-2 (1-1)

4th Indianapolis Colts: 1-2 (0-0)

Alright, so the Titans are tied at the top so what? Well, this is what the next three games look like for the AFC South:

Houston Texans: vs Kansas City, vs Cleveland Browns, @Seattle Seahawks

That is a tough bookend there with playing the best team in the NFL and then ending with a road trip to one of the toughest venues in sports.

Jacksonville Jaguars: @Pittsburgh Steelers, vs LA Rams, @Colts

The last game is easy, but the Jaguars have to go to Pittsburgh where the Steelers are at their best and then face a red-hot Rams team? That is a tough stretch back to back considering they just lost to the Jets.

Titans:  @Miami Dolphins, vs Colts, @Browns

I am not going to take any game for granted with the Titans this year, but the Dolphins did just get shut out by the New Orleans Saints. Then they get the Colts at home (which will probably suck) and get to go to Cleveland which hasn’t been a big home field advantage.

The Texans end up playing two playoff teams in those three games while the Titans play just one each in that stretch.

This isn’t going to make today better, but hopefully Mike Mularkey proves his worth as a veteran player’s coach and finds a way to get them back in form sooner rather than later.

The Titans just got out of the hardest stretch of their year and they made it 2-2 and split division games. It isn’t ideal but it is as good or better than what we probably hoped coming into this season.

Now it is time to get back to the identity of the Titans and run against