How the Titans can snap their losing streak.
Someone, please, take me back to the good ole days.
The days when the Tennessee Titans were one of the NFL’s best teams. And not only that, they were one of the NFL’s most exciting teams. Sure, maybe their defense wasn’t quite as good as it was in 2019, and sure, maybe a few bad teams came down to some last-second, heart attack inducing field goals or overtime touchdowns.
But it didn’t really matter. The Tennessee Titans were 5-0. They had hammered the teams they were supposed to lose to, edged out close wins against the teams they were supposed to beat, and all the while raced out to the team’s best start to a season by a mile in over a decade. With an offense being played at it’s highest level masking the inefficiencies of the team, things were good in Tennessee.
Until, of course, they weren’t.
A Week 7 loss to the still undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers wasn’t the end of the road for the Titans, but it may have opened the floodgates for trouble in the future. Or at the very least, it might have exposed the Titans’ weaknesses to a point where they become too hard to cover up. Take the blowout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals the following week. In a game that a team which fancies itself a Super Bowl contender should handle without question, they were embarrassed in all three phases.
And now, the Tennessee Titans are 5-2. Rather than being the top seed in the AFC like they were a matter of weeks ago, they’re down to fourth. Rather than leading the AFC South by a couple of games, they are now tied with the Indianapolis Colts for the division lead. Worst of all, the Titans now have to take that backward momentum into a meeting with the 5-3 Chicago Bears.
Chicago won’t be the best team that the Titans face over the remaining season, but if last week proved anything, it’s that they don’t need to be. The Titans have clear deficiencies that the Bears are more than capable of exploiting.
But the Titans still have Super Bowl potential. They’re still the same team that looked to be among the league’s best after that 5-0 start. But now, they have to prove it all over again, and that starts with fighting back and handling the Bears. If Tennessee wants to get back on track before this losing streak gets out of hand, they need to do it now. And here’s how they might.