Training camp is just around the corner, which means we’re not far from seeing the Tennessee Titans take the field for their 2019 season opener against the Cleveland Browns.
This upcoming season is a pivotal one for the Titans for a lot of reasons.
It’s Mike Vrabel’s second season as the team’s head coach, which means the honeymoon period is officially over. From this point forward, fans will expect the team to reach the playoffs or the season will be failure.
Tennessee also has a major quarterback decision to make. Marcus Mariota is entering the final season of his contract. Will the Titans extend him? Franchise him? Or let him walk? It all depends on how Mariota performs in 2019. And whether or not he stays healthy.
Potential for a special season
We’ve seen a lot of coaches make a big splash in their second season. After compiling a 9-7 record in Vrabel’s first season, which was full of adversity, the sky is truly the limit in 2019 for Tennessee. It would be foolish to predict a Super Bowl trip for the Titans, but it’s certainly a possibility if everything clicks just right for the Nashville based franchise.
For now, before the start of training camp, here’s how I see the 2019 regular season playing out for the Titans.
Week 1 @ Browns: Win (1-0)
Week 2 vs Colts: Win (2-0)
Week 3 @ Jaguars: Win (3-0)
Week 4 @ Falcons: Loss (3-1)
Week 5 vs Bills: Win (4-1)
Week 6 @ Broncos: Win (5-1)
Week 7 vs Chargers: Win (6-1)
Week 8 vs Buccaneers: Win (7-1)
Week 9 @ Panthers: Loss (7-2)
Week 10 vs Chiefs: Loss (7-3)
Week 12 vs Jaguars: Win (8-3)
Week 13 @ Colts: Loss (8-4)
Week 14 @ Raiders: Win (9-4)
Week 15 vs Texans: Win (10-4)
Week 16 vs Saints: Loss (10-5)
Week 17 @ Texans: Loss (10-6)
The Titans’ schedule isn’t exactly easy. But then again, there’s no such thing as an easy schedule in the NFL.
Winning 10 games should be good enough to get the Titans in playoffs. And it might be good enough to win the AFC South. I could see these teams beating up on each other.
Reaching the playoffs and figuring out if Mariota is the guy is the goal for the Titans. If they can win 10 games, I think it means Mariota did his job and stayed healthy.
And that would make it a successful season for Tennessee.
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