Breaking down the second half of the Tennessee Titans schedule

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in a football game at AT&T Stadium on November 5, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in a football game at AT&T Stadium on November 5, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Tennessee Titans remaining games are a mixed bag.

It really doesn’t feel like we should be half way through the Tennessee Titans season, but here we are.

If you would have told me the Titans would be 4-4 at this point I would have been disappointed but not devastated. The Titans have had a moderately tough schedule when you factor in the tough injuries they have had to deal with, but now they are fairly healthy for the 2nd half.

When I was talking to some people before the game yesterday I realized that I could only name about five of the Titans remaining eight games quickly. Being so focused on this second quarter stretch has blinded me from what is coming down the road.

Ultimately I came up with the teams, but now is a good time to list them and talk about what we can expect. So here are the final eight games with some notes and a projection on each.

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Week 10: New England Patriots @ Tennessee Titans

I fully expect to get kicked in the teeth here. Bill Belichick is the best coach in football and the Titans have to catch him as his team finally gets healthy.

Tom Brady and Bill can usually put up 28 points and I don’t know that this offense can outscore that, even against a defense that lacks stars.

Week 11: Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts

Are the Colts a real team? The lost to Philly and New England (good teams), Cincinnati and Houston (alright teams), and got killed by the Jets (bad team).

Sure they beat Derek Anderson and the abomination that is the Oakland Raiders in back to weeks, but do we even care?

They have to play the Jaguars this week which should tell us if that offensive line is fraudulent or not, but even if it isn’t I still think the Titans have the edge here.

Week 12: Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans (MNF)

The Titans have gotten killed the last few years by Will Fuller, but he isn’t playing anymore this season. Demaryius Thomas is fine, but he doesn’t scare anyone like Fuller did.

They should have lost this past weekend if they played a competent coaching staff, and they will be coming off of a week where that awful OL has to block the Redskins front seven. I am going to say this one leans Titans as well.

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Week 13: Tennessee Titans @ New York Jets

The Jets have lost their last three games by an average of 25-11 and they are struggling badly. Could they bounce back, sure but I think it is much more likely that on a road trip to Tennessee they struggle and ultimately lose.

Week 14: Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans (TNF)

I know it seems like I am optimistic, but the Jaguars are in a tailspin and the Titans have owned the Jaguars the last two years. On top of that, home teams on TNF always have an advantage.

With the Jaguars borderline tanking at this point after choosing picks over Teddy Bridgewater in the Dante Fowler trade, I think that locker room is ready to fall apart. This will be competitive, but I think the Titans win this one.

Week 15: Tennessee Titans @ New York Giants

Is there really any reason to have confidence in the Giants right now? Sure, I think Odell Beckham has a huge day, but even if he has a 150 yard game and a TD I think the Titans come out on top.

Week 16: Washington Redskins @ Tennessee Titans (Saturday game)

The Redskins just put two offensive linemen and their most productive receiver on IR, that is huge. Before that happened I was ready to chalk this up as a low scoring loss, but now I am not so sure. The Titans are at home on a short week after the Redskins travel to Jacksonville the week before.

I don’t know, that just seems like a tough task for Washington.

Week 17: Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans

The final game of the season at home, after a long week. I think the Titans may split this series, but if I had to pick one game for them to win I think it is this one with the playoffs likely already out of reach for Indy.

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Alright, so lets say that the Titans lose to New England, splits with the Colts and loses another game in their somewhere. That means that the Titans are a 9-7 team with a potential 5-1 record in the AFC South.

The Titans main competition for a playoff spot is Houston who still has the Titans, at Washington, Indianapolis (who took them to OT earlier in the season), at Eagles, and the Jaguars.

If I had to guess I would say that if both teams play the way they have for most of the year then they will likely head to 9-7 records with the Titans getting the 4th seed because of tiebreakers.

Having said that, I definitely believe this Titans team could let me down and collapse at some point. If not then this will be an exciting playoff race down the stretch.