After a disappointing 3-13 and 2-14 record the previous two seasons, the last thing on the Titans minds were making the 2016-2017 NFL playoffs; they just wanted to win games. So far, the team has accomplished just that with a 6-6 record while having more wins than the last two seasons combined. All hope has shifted into a potential playoffs birth and winning their division.
WHERE DO THE TITANS STAND?
After coming off a win and having a bye this week, the Titans are in the mindset of winning their last four games. They are No. 2 in their division behind the Texans. To tie for first they need the Texans to lose this Sunday, however, if the Colts lose, they will fall one game behind both the Titans and Texans. What about the Jaguars? Well, they are a lowly 2-9, and no one is really worried about them making any noise. So can the Tennessee Titans actually do what was once unthinkable? Can they transform the past two horrible seasons into a season where they advance to the playoffs? As far as head coach Mike Mularkey is concerned, the answer is yes.
To advance to the postseason, the Titans have to continue winning, meanwhile, the Texans and Colts have to continue losing – that’s just the reality of the situation. Overall, the Titans definitely have a shot with a No. 7 ranked offense rated above both Indy and Houston. Defensively they are ranked No. 22 in the league, above Indy but way below Houston (ranked No. 5). Thankfully, general manager John Robinson noticed their secondary struggling and recently made a change after Sundays nail biting win against the Bears. They released veteran CB Perrish Cox and promoted rookie Kalan Reed. Was it a good move? Titans’ fans say yes. Cox led the team in INTs but struggled with covering; which led to him giving up big plays. As for the rookie, he’s going have to step it up.
BYE WEEK, GOOD OR BAD?
After a tough 12 games, everyone is happy to have a BYE week, however, Mularkey doesn’t think his team should slack, especially so late in the season. He told the team to be smart with their time off. Mularkey stated, “We want to make sure that they continue to train like they’ve been training up to this point. I am knocking on wood, but we have been very healthy, and we anticipate going into Denver very healthy, and the only way we can do that, is if they take care of themselves this week.” The whole organization is very alert about the rest of the season.
THE TEAMS CURRENT MINDSET
Every player is in sync and has the same mindset. WR Rishard Matthews said that the mindset is to win the last few games. Mularkey replied with, “It’s not unrealistic, I’ll say that,” Not with this team. This team believes in what we are doing.” Everyone in that locker room believes in the organization, but they know it won’t be easy. TE Delanie Walker said, “Now, this is the fourth quarter (of the season). Ultimately we want to win out, win all four games. That is the mindset we have. But we are going to have to be on point.” With the odds against them, can the Tennessee Titans prove everyone wrong?