The Tennessee Titans, despite being division leaders, have a lot of issues.
Well, this isn’t how things were supposed to go. Raise your hand if football isn’t a whole lot of fun these days. If you didn’t know better and all you had to go on was the long faces that you see every time you bring up the Tennessee Titans, you’d think that this team, the AFC South’s division leaders, by the way, had transformed into Nashville’s version of the Detroit Lions.
Tennessee is probably going to wind up winning their division. They’re clearly head and shoulders above the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans (at least that’s what we thought before they were taken to task after imploding versus the New York Jets), but what do we make of this team?
Are they the team that we saw in the second half and overtime of Week 2? Are they the team that didn’t put up any fight versus the Arizona Cardinals? Might they be the team that stumbled their way to a win but did everything in their power to try and give the game away versus the rival Indianapolis Colts?
The Titans are dealing with something that they haven’t had to deal with in a while, expectations, and so far, things just aren’t going their way with any real consistency. If the season would have ended after four games, they would be a playoff team, but there’s nothing to suggest that they’re on par with the AFC’s elite, and that’s unfortunate because there’s no real reason, other than the eyeball test, to suggest that they shouldn’t be.
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