The Tennessee Titans have finished with a 9-7 record in four straight seasons.
And if The Athletic’s 2020 prediction is correct, they’ll make it five years in a row this season.
The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia recently predicted the final record of each team in the NFL and he has the Titans finishing at 9-7 and losing in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
From The Athletic:
They know their identity on offense. A heavy dose of Derrick Henry, play-action with Ryan Tannehill, A.J. Brown making defenses look silly with yards after the catch and offensive coordinator Arthur Smith scheming up explosive plays. Defensively, the Titans lost coordinator Dean Pees, but Jadeveon Clowney gives them a big boost up front. Tannehill is not going to be Joe Montana again, but his skill set fits the scheme well, and the Titans are good enough at other spots to withstand his likely regression.
I don’t necessarily agree with the prediction, but I get it. The Titans have yet to prove they can get over the 9-7 hump. So why predict they’ll get to 10 wins until they prove they can?
It’s the reasoning for 9-7 that I don’t follow.
The Titans finished 9-7 last season with an ineffective Marcus Mariota starting the first six games of the season. Even if Tannehill regresses a bit, it would still be logical to assume that Tennessee would be better in 2020 than they were in 2019 with only 10 games of Tannehill.
We’ll see how it all plays out, but I feel like the Titans deserve a bit more respect than this after reaching the AFC Championship game this past season.
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