Those of you who are Tennessee Titans fans and a little younger may not remember the Houston Oilers days and a three-year span of playoff losses that ripped the hearts from fans over and over again. There was January of 1992 when John Elway did John Elway things and snatched away a game at Mile High that the Oilers should have won. That was ugly, but things got worse.
January of 1993 was that year the Oilers blew that 32-point second-half lead to the Buffalo Bills. One year later, Joe Montana and Marcus Allen walked into the Astrodome as members of the Kansas City Chiefs and walked out with a win of their own.
What does that have to do with the present-day you ask? Well, nine of that really matters in the grand scheme of things. Nothing that happened in the nineties affects this team now, but if you’ve been watching this team since the Houston days, you’re probably pretty starved for Super Bowl glory and a Vince Lombardi Trophy.
NFL.com believes if you’re a Tennessee Titans fan, that a Super Bowl is possible.
12 NFL franchises have never won a Super Bowl: the Carolina Panthers, the Atlanta Falcons, the Arizona Cardinals, the Detroit Lions, the Minnesota Vikings, the Buffalo Bills, the Los Angeles Chargers, the Cleveland Browns, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Houston Texans, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and yes, your beloved Oilers/Titans franchise.
Life hasn’t been awful as a Titans fan. There are peaks and valleys as there are with every team, but at least you aren’t a Lions fan. They have to be wondering if the dream will ever happen, but Tennessee has a shot. Actually, they have a shot this season.
Recently, NFL.com contributing columnist Adam Schein offered his opinion on teams who had never won football’s biggest game and ranked their chances of winning football’s biggest game at the end of the 2021-2022 season. He sees the Titans as having the third-best best shot at raising the Lombardi at the season’s end. That puts them right behind the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns. Here’s some of what he had to say on the subject.
"Julio Jones changes everything. Jones and A.J. Brown are now the best receiving tandem in the NFL. Ryan Tannehill, who has been an absolute stud since taking the reins in Tennessee, could go up another level, and this will open up boxes for the pulse of this team, running back Derrick Henry. Back-to-back 2,000-yard seasons? It’s more than possible, given how much opponents will have to respect Tennessee’s dynamic duo out wide. The defense added three starters in free agency (DE Denico Autry, LB Bud Dupree, and CB Janoris Jenkins) and drafted athletic freak Caleb Farley, a high-upside cornerback who would’ve been long gone by the Titans’ number 22 pick if not for some injury concerns."
If you’re a fan of the two-tone blue, you have to like what you’re reading. That ought to put a smile on your face.
The Tennessee Titans, as you know, fought their way to a 9-7finish two seasons ago and then surprised everyone by winning two road games to land in the AFC Championship game. There, they lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Last season, they finished 11-5 and captured the AFC South but were bounced in the postseason after playing a single game in the Wild Card Round. This season is a little different as, for the second year in a row, Titans fans are dealing with something new, championship expectations.
"Mike Vrabel is a fantastic head coach who has yet to log a non-winning season. He’ll continue that trend this year. In fact, while I rank Buffalo and Cleveland ahead on this list, there isn’t much separating these three teams. They’re definitely the cream of this crop."
Rounding out the top five on Schein’s list are the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Chargers. If you’re a Tennessee Titans fan, you have to believe the two-tone blue could best the Chargers in a playoff game or the Cards in a Super Bowl.
Nothing else needs to be said. This is the year this team puts it all together. Cross your fingers, and get ready for a fun ride. This season can truly be magical. The Tennessee Titans going to put a lot of guys in the Pro Bowl, but because the game in Los Angeles comes one week later, hopefully, they won’t have to play in it.