There’s no way to spin it — the Tennessee Titans’ week five loss the Buffalo Bills was horrendous.
It was the type of loss that makes you question whether or not Tennessee’s 3-1 start was fool’s gold.
Did the Titans get lucky the first few games of the season? Or were they the victims of a classic “trap game”?
Immediately after the loss to the Bills, I felt like the Titans were pretenders. There was absolutely zero reason they should’ve lost to Buffalo.
But nearly a week after the Titans’ second defeat of the season, I’m starting to think I was wrong to get down on the Nashville based franchise so quickly.
A common way to look at a team’s football season is to break it down into four four-game stretches. The Titans went 3-1 in the first four-game stretch of the season, which started with a tough road loss to a Miami Dolphins team they should’ve beat.
The Titans responded incredibly well after losing to Miami, winning three straight games that most folks expected them to lose.
Heading into week six against the Baltimore Ravens, I’d bet that most analysts aren’t expecting the Titans to walk away with a win.
But this is a very winnable game for the Titans — especially at home.
The Ravens managed only nine points last week against the Cleveland Browns. Essentially, the Ravens are coming off a similar lackluster effort.
Based on how the Titans have responded to adversity this season, I’d give the advantage to the Titans.
If the Titans can get a win on Sunday, then they have two more winnable games on deck. They play the Los Angeles Chargers in London, before taking on the struggling Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.
That would leave the team with a 6-2 record after the first eight games of the season. I don’t think there’s a Titans fan in the country that wouldn’t be ecstatic with that first-half result.
Tennessee starts the second half of the season with a tough game against the New England Patriots (in Nashville), but the rest of the slate features very winnable games. The Titans play the woeful Colts twice, the dreadful Giants and the young Jets. They also get the Jaguars at home on a Thursday night.
The Titans can still have a special season in Mike Vrabel’s first year at the helm. The loss to Buffalo didn’t ruin the season.
In the NFL, you have to bring your A game every week, or you’ll go home with a loss.
Perhaps the loss to the Bills will be a massive wake-up call for the Titans.
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