For quite a few NFL fans, Tennessee Titans fans included, identifying DeForest Buckner is a relatively easy task. NFL fans know him because, since he entered the league in 2016, he’s a former member of the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team (2016). He’s also been named as a First-team All-Pro (2020), a Second-team All-Pro (2019), and a member of the Pro Bowl (2018).
For Titans fans, the relationship is a little more personal. Buckner, after spending his first four seasons in San Francisco with the 49ers, joined the rival Indianapolis Colts on March 18th of 2020.
During their annual two-game series in 2020, Buckner made some noise in the first meeting on November 12th with five tackles and three quarterback hits before sitting out of the November 19th meeting as the Colts had to place him on the COVID-19 list.
As mentioned, Buckner still made the Pro Bowl, and it appears that he has his sights set on two games during the 2021-2022 campaign, the two games in which the Colts stare at the other side of the field and see the Tennessee Titans.
Buckner is looking forward to getting two more cracks at the Tennessee Titans.
If you think these games between the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts aren’t as intense as what you’d see in a Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens tilt, think again. These two squads are probably going to battle for the AFC South’s crown all season.
Buckner is looking forward to it, but to describe the matchup, he used a term that you probably wouldn’t have used as a Titans fan if you were describing the game yourself, fun. Recently, the six-foot-seven, 300-pound nightmare made an appearance on the Rich Eisen Show, and here’s some of what he had to say.
"Going against (the Titans) twice a year is going to be a lot more fun. The bigger the challenge, the more interesting the game gets and I love it. I love going against the best and, you know, to be the best you’ve gotta beat the best and they’re one of the best teams in the league right now."
Enough said. Do yourself a favor. Stop what you’re doing, and go grab the Tennessee Titans’ schedule. You know you have it sitting around somewhere.
Got it? Good! Now, circle a few games. Many of which come towards the middle of the season. Circle Tennessee’s Week 6 and Week 7 games versus the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs. Circle Week 12 versus the New England Patriots, Week 15 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, and then, circle their games versus the Indianapolis Colts on September 26th and on Halloween.
Those games will tell us how good this Titans team is. Those games will go a long way in determining playoff seeding and whether some of these teams play at home or on the road in the playoffs. Oh, and keep this in mind as well. Those games will most certainly determine whether or not the Titans or Colts win the AFC South at the season’s end. Buckle up because DeForest Buckner is right. This ought to be fun.