Turning It Around In 2020
But 2020 can be different. For 2019’s playoff run and subsequent offseason to mean anything at all, 2020 has to be different.
The Tennessee Titans took a long look at their roster after that AFC Championship appearance, and for better or worse, they decided that this was the group they needed to reach their ultimate destination. They gave Ryan Tannehill the money needed for him to stay, the same story for Derrick Henry.
For this all-in mentality to pay-off, it starts with Week 6. A 4-0 start, coming off of a signature win, all leading to a meeting against a lowly division rival– one that you have no excuse to lose to if you want to call yourself a Super Bowl contender. Tannehill, Henry, along with the rest of the Titans players and staff, are here for this reason. To make up for the faults of Titans teams before them.
Tennessee has proven that they can beat teams at the level of Houston, as well as teams well above their level. But whether or not they can translate that previous success into a win in Week 6 remains to be seen.
If they can pull it off, their coming-out party against the Bills will be proven legit. They can beat the teams they should beat, as well as the teams they shouldn’t beat. And at that point, with a 5-0 record and an unblemished 2-0 start in the division, who’s stopping this team? The talent is obviously there, but a win against the Houston Texans will show that this 2020 Titans team is as mentally tough as they are physical.
And if they can’t pull it off… questions start to pop up. Maybe this team isn’t any different after all. Maybe all that money they gave away in the offseason was a mistake. Maybe 9-7 and an AFC Championship appearance is the ceiling for this core group.
But it starts in Week 6. Show us what you can do, Titans.