USA Today halfheartedly projects Tennessee Titans 2020 record
By Will Lomas
The Tennessee Titans have a habit of going 9-7, but you shouldn’t just pencil them in for that.
I’m not the first person to be very skeptical of USA Today’s predictions for a team, but the Tennessee Titans have a legit bone to pick.
These projections were wild, these stood out to me as just outlandish takes.
-Chicago Bears with the 2nd worst record in the NFL.
-The Indianapolis Colts as one of only 5 teams with 11+ wins despite them having a bad roster.
-Pittsburgh Steelers with 11 wins when we don’t have any idea how the QB situation is going to turn out.
-The New York Giants with the worst record in the NFL at 2-14, in a world where the Jacksonville Jaguars exist.
Anyway, before I shift my focus to the Titans, I want to remind everyone that this isn’t a hot take or anything. These predictions have been panned so much that Crazy Fan Takes actually tweeted about it:
I should say, I am not even that upset about the actually win-loss prediction. I am more thrown by the lack of effort that seems to be put into the record and how it seems like it was reverse-engineered basically as a joke.
"*Tennessee Titans (9-7): They’ve finished 9-7 each of the past four seasons – a first in league history – so why expect anything different now? The first six weeks bring three dates with 2019 playoff teams – not including a visit from Pittsburgh and a Week 1 trip to the Mile High City – before the Titans hit the road for five of their final seven games to conclude the season."
“Why expect anything different now?”
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I mean, the Titans did have a quarterback change and had one of the best offenses in the NFL after Ryan Tannehill took over. Not just for a week or two, but constantly competing with the likes of the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs for the number one spot in most important categories.
The Titans brought back 10 or 11 starters on that side of the ball and also used a 1st round pick to replace the one starter they lost, while also adding a very talented Darrynton Evans to improve the RB2 role.
On top of that, the defense has gotten younger and more athletic at every level and while they don’t have the same names, the performance as a whole should be better.
Add in one of the easiest schedules in the NFL and I don’t know how the Titans fail to break double-digit wins this season.