Where do the Tennessee Titans rank in strength of schedule for the 2020 season?
One season after the Tennessee Titans faced a pretty tough schedule during the 2019 campaign, things might be getting a bit easier for head coach Mike Vrabel’s squad in 2020.
While we don’t know exactly when the Titans will face each of their 2020 opponents, we do know which teams Tennessee will meet at home and on the road.
Home opponents: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns
Away opponents: Texans, Colts, Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos
According to Devon Clements of SI.com, who took a look at every NFL team’s strength of schedule for 2020 based on 2019 records, the Titans rank No. 20 in strength of schedule, with their 2020 opponents having a combined record of 127-128-1 in 2019.
Coming in at No. 1 is the New England Patriots (137-118-1), while the Baltimore Ravens (112-144) are bringing up the rear at No. 32 with the easiest projected schedule.
While these numbers are certainly fun to look at, there is a big flaw in them.
For starters, the records from the prior season aren’t always indicative of how good a team will be the following year. Just ask the San Francisco 49ers, a team that went from 4-12 in 2018 all the way to the Super Bowl in 2019.
A lot can happen between the end of one season and the start of the next.
Teams can make significant moves in the draft and/or in free agency to improve their roster, or in the case of a team like the Pittsburgh Steelers, a franchise player like Ben Roethlisberger, who was out nearly all of 2019, can return to elevate a team.
Adding to that, teams can improve late in the season and carry that momentum into the following campaign, much like the Denver Broncos are going to be doing after inserting quarterback Drew Lock into the starting lineup late last season.
By the way, the Titans play both the Broncos and Steelers in 2020.
When you take a closer look at who the Titans will face, this schedule is a bit harder than this formula for figuring out strength of schedule would dictate.