Short fuses and long memories
The last thing that emphasizes just how difficult the opener against the Titans should be is that the Denver Broncos game was the low point of the season for Tennessee.
Marcus Mariota was benched as Tennessee was shut out on the road to fall to 2-4. With a 1-3 record in the AFC and a 0-2 record in the AFC South, it looked like the Titans were going to be more focused on Joe Burrow than the postseason.
I’m sure the Broncos have this circled as a game where they can try to prove themselves, but the Titans have this circled as a revenge game. As much as Jurrell Casey may want to show the Titans that they made a mistake, Tennessee wants to use this game as a measuring stick to see just how much better they are compared to the team that lost 16-0 in their last match up.
With months to use this to motivate Titans players, Mike Vrabel will have the chance to go in and make up for one of his lowest moments as a coach or player and he gets to do that in the same game that he is taking over defensive play-calling duties from his former coach and Titans former DC Dean Pees.
Whether Denver knows it or not, the Titans are coming with bad intentions and while Mile High generally has an outstanding home-field advantage in September, that probably isn’t as helpful when your own players haven’t played a game in the thin air either.