Bleacher Report asked eight of their NFL experts to pick who would win each division, and shockingly (not) nobody picked the Tennessee Titans.
I know, I know, you read the headline and you were shocked. Nobody on Bleacher Report believes the Tennessee Titans can win the AFC South.
Of course, we all know by now that basically the entire planet outside of the state of Tennessee doesn’t think the Titans can win the division, let alone make the playoffs at all.
At this point, being disrespected has become a way of life if you’re a Titans fan.
Bleacher Report’s experts believe, almost unanimously, that the Indianapolis Colts will win the division, with the Titans’ AFC South rival getting seven of eight votes. The Houston Texans received the other.
The silver lining? Nobody picked the Jacksonville Jaguars.
All jokes aside, there is a ton of hype around the Colts this season after their 9-1 finish to 2018—along with the injury to Marcus Mariota, forcing Blaine Gabbert behind center in Week 17—allowed them to squeak into the playoffs following a 1-5 start.
To make matters worse for the Titans’ chances of ever being picked ahead of the Colts to win the division, Andrew Luck is 11-0 lifetime against Tennessee. The Titans must exercise that demon at least once in 2019.
There’s always one, and that one lonely voter who picked the Texans in this B/R article was perhaps our opening to wedge the Titans into this.
After all, the Titans are a better all-around team than Houston when you compare all facets on both sides of the ball. And to a larger point, I’d also argue the Titans are the most complete team in the division altogether.
Don’t @ me.
I guess that still isn’t good enough for that one lonely guy, or any of the others, eh?
As we noted in our article about Sports Illustrated predicting the Titans to go 6-10 and finish in last place, so many times this offseason we’ve seen people place the Jags ahead of the Titans.
Why? Jacksonville is very similar to last season when it completely tanked under the pressure of being a Super Bowl favorite.
Sure, Nick Foles was added to help stabilize things behind center, but is he really that much of an impact player? To take it a step further, can he really make that big of an impact with a lackluster receiving corps. around him?
We can live with a lot of other things, but picking the Jags to do better than the Tennessee Titans in 2019 isn’t one of them. There’s simply no justification for it.
While all the outsiders in the national media continue to be down on the Titans, we see them as a playoff team at worst this season. Say what you want, but this roster has more than enough talent to do damage in the AFC, whether that leads to a division title or a wildcard berth.