Titans will emerge from Colts’ shadow.
The Indianapolis Colts haven’t been the model of a dominant franchise over the last five seasons– but that hasn’t stopped them from regularly dominating the Tennessee Titans.
In fact, it could probably be argued that since the Colts’ last AFC South title in 2014, the Titans have actually been the better franchise. Four winning seasons in that time compared to one for Indianapolis. Two playoff appearances for the Titans, one for the Colts. And an appearance in the AFC Championship for Tennessee, where the Colts haven’t made it past the divisional round in that time.
But, once again, none of that team success or those playoff runs have helped the Titans make it past the Indianapolis Colts. Seven of their last ten meetings have gone to Indianapolis, 15 of the last 18 have been Colts wins, and after that point, I became too depressed to keep searching for the next Titans victory.
The string of bad luck hasn’t just been frustrating, it’s been detrimental. More than once, two losses to the Colts in a single year have kept the Titans from taking the AFC South crown or even making the postseason, all because Tennessee hasn’t been able to take the next step and get the best of their division rivals twice (or sometimes even once) in the same season.
But that can change in 2020. Not only can it change, but with some of the moves the Titans have made compared to some of what the Colts have done in the offseason, the time should finally be now for the Tennessee Titans to get the better of the Colts– overcoming their biggest obstacle to winning the AFC South.