The Tennessee Titans have a roster capable of making the playoffs.

We know this because the Titans are less than a year removed from a massive playoff win against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Over the first half of the season, however, the Titans haven’t played like a playoff team. At times, they looked downright bad.

But two weeks ago, against the Los Angeles Chargers in London, we saw some life from the Nashville based franchise.

The Chargers are a solid team and the Titans were a two point conversion away from leaving England with a win. It’s not like they looked terrible against LA like they did against the Baltimore Ravens. Tennessee showed everyone they were still trying to gel under new head coach Mike Vrabel and his staff.

On Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys, after a rough start on offense, the Titans finally looked like the team fans were hoping they’d see this season.

Marcus Mariota passed for 240 yards and two touchdowns by spreading the ball around. Nine different Titans caught a pass on Monday night, led by Dion Lewis’ six receptions for 60 yards and Corey Davis’ 6 receptions for 56 yards.

Lewis, who led the Titans with 122 total yards, looked quite elusive on his 18 yard touchdown reception.

That type of catch and run is exactly what the Titans were hoping for when they signed Lewis this past off-season.

The defense also looked solid in the win against the Cowboys, holding stud running back Ezekiel Elliot to only 61 rushing yards.

Tennessee also sacked Dak Prescott five times on Monday night.

What to expect from the Titans moving forward

I felt like the Titans finally looked like a complete football team on Monday night. The offense struggled at first, but they kept their composure and put points on the board. The defense was able to keep Dallas from creating any momentum, allowing zero second half points.

This is the type of win that can give the Titans some confidence moving forward.

It should also give fans some confidence in Vrabel’s vision and Matt LaFleur’s offensive system.

I think we saw on Monday night that LaFleur’s system works (though I also think we saw Derrick Henry isn’t a great fit in the system).

Moving forward, the Titans have a couple of tough games on their schedule. They host the New England Patriots next Sunday, before playing two straight division road games (at Indianapolis and at Houston).

The Titans have three games left on their schedule that I feel confident they should win — at home against the Jets and Jaguars and on the road against the Giants.

Tennessee is capable of winning both games against the Colts. They’ve also already beat the Texans once this season.

The Patriots game is probably a loss, and the Redskins game is a complete toss-up (it’s at home, at least).

Finishing the season on a 6-2 run seems unlikely.

But I could see this team going 5-3 the rest of the way, which would leave them with their third straight 9-7 season.

Considering this is Mike Vrabel’s first season as a head coach, I think a 9-7 season, after all the adversity the team has faced, would be a solid year for the Titans.

If the Titans manage to finish the season with a winning record, I think fans will look back at the win against the Cowboys as the turning point of the season.

Featured image via Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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