Going into this season, the Tennessee Titans were considered an afterthought in a division which contained the perennially powerful Colts and up-and-coming Jaguars. Although they also made the playoffs last year, losing to the Chargers in the Wild Card Round, people seemed to think Jacksonville was the team primed to make the jump to the next level when Peyton Manning and company began their eventual decline.
The Jags were quickly exposed as an overrated farce of a team while Indianapolis stumbled out of the gate due to injuries to key players. Meanwhile, Tennessee got off to a fast start and never looked back. Throughout the majority of the season, the Titans have consistently been ranked the top team in the AFC. While it was easily justied when they were undefeated, the team has gone 2-2 over the past four games and could even wind up losing the #1 seed in the playoffs if they were to lose this weekend.
While their opponents, the Pittsburgh Steelers, have marched through the toughest schedule in NFL history, a close examination of Tennessee’s year reveals an assortment of creampuffs and pushovers. Rather than just knee-jerk declaring them the best team in the AFC due to their record, it becomes more and more apparent that this is a team whose reputation is built on a lie. In fact, going week by week through their schedule, it becomes more and more clear that this team hasn’t beat anybody at all.
1 – Jacksonville W (17 – 10) Jacksonville (5-9) stinks.
2 – Cincinnati W (24 – 7) Cincinnati (2-11) stinks.
3 – Houston W (31 – 12) Houston (7-7) came on late but stunk early.
4 – Minnesota W (30 – 17) Winning record but Gus Frerotte? Really?
5 – Baltimore W (13 – 10) Rookie QB on a team that we beat twice.
7 – Kansas City W (34 – 10) KC (2-12) stinks.
8 – Indianapolis W (31 – 21) Manning, Harrison, and Sanders were all hurt.
9 – Green Bay W (19 – 16) Green Bay (5-9) stinks yet came thisclose.
10 – Chicago W (21 – 14) Kyle Orton?
11 – Jacksonville W (24 – 14) See above.
12 – NY Jets L (34 – 13) Jets are overrated yet blew them out at home.
13 – Detroit W (47 – 10) Detroit (0-14) really really stinks.
14 – Cleveland W (28 – 9) Cleveland (4-10) stinks.
15 – Houston L (13-12) Another loss, this to a non-playoff team.
From what I’m seeing, they have two quality wins (Baltimore and Indianapolis). The games against the NFC North teams don’t count because that division is the NFL’s version of a Cripple Fight. Two of them don’t have quarterbacks, the one that does has no defense, and the fourth is the Pittsburgh Pirates of football. Every other game is either against a bottom 5 team or a loss. Color me unimpressed.
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