The Titans head into the 2nd Quarter of the season hot on the offensive side of the ball and look to produce points on other facets of the team.
Week 5: @Miami Dolphins
Previous Opponent: New Orleans Saints
Titans Previous Opponent: Houston Texans
October 8, 2017 – The Titans head to Hard Rock Stadium to face the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins will have faced Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints the previous week. The Saints defense will have been worn down against the Dolphins – after having faced the Patriots and Panthers in back to back weeks.
The Titans offense will continue to produce points and the defense will wear down Ryan Tannehill and keep Jay Ajayi contained. I think there will be some big-time plays coming from Special Teams in this game. Adoree’ Jackson has his breakout game showing his electric return skills, and the Titans win by double digits.
Final: TEN 35 – MIA 17 (TEN 5-1)
Week 6: Indianapolis Colts
Previous Opponent: San Francisco 49ers
Titans Previous Opponent: Miami Dolphins
October 16, 2017 – The Titans face off against division rivals on Prime Time. This game will have season defining implications. If the Titans can pull off a win and end the Colts winning streak on national television, this will be a huge surge of confidence.
The Colts enter the game sitting at 2-4. Luck is beat up after having given everything he had to scrape by the 49ers defense the previous week. I anticipate he’ll be bruised up by Reuben Foster, Solomon Thomas, and the rest of the 1st round defensive selections for 4 quarters.
The Titans smell blood and are in attack mode. I anticipate the home field will be amplified and Predator-esque. Mariota and company realize that now is their chance to convince the fan base they can finally get the monkey that is the Colts off their back.
Every unit will be instrumental in helping the Titans earn the win. Solid special teams contributions, constant defensive pressure, and an offense producing points on the ground and in the air will lead to the end of the streak.
Final: TEN 28-IND 25 (TEN 6-1)
Week 8: @Cleveland Browns
Previous Opponent: Houston Texans
Titans Previous Opponent: Indianapolis Colts
October 22, 2017 – Tennessee travels to Cleveland following an emotional win on a short week. Cleveland is fresh off of playing another AFC South team in the Texans.
Mariota is 1-1 against the Browns – who have a knack for getting to him. This game will be a physical challenge. The Browns defense is playing tough at this point in the year – which is a surprise to the league.
Turnovers giving the Browns good field position lead to a pair of late field goals. The upset of the week, as the Browns capitalize on a physically and emotionally drained Titans team. The loss to Cleveland leaves some questioning if the Titans are for real.
The question won’t linger long. The Titans are for real, and will recoup during the break.
The Titans head into the Bye midway through their season. They’ll utilize the off time to recover, regain focus, and prepare to keep control of the AFC South for the second half of the season.
Final: TEN 21-CLE 23 (TEN 6-2)
Week 8: BYE
Previous Opponent: None
Titans Previous Opponent: Cleveland Browns
October 29, 2017 – The Titans keep an eye on divisional games. Although Tennessee will see what Houston does against Seattle and how Indy fares against Cincinnati, they’ll also spend time studying the Baltimore Ravens and Miami.
The Titans spend the Week game planning for Flacco and company. The Titans will need a balanced attack offensively to defeat Harbaugh’s Ravens.
The Titans avoid complacency despite sitting comfortably on top of the AFC South halfway through the season. They know they must keep their edge and hunger over the next 8 weeks.
The BYE hits at the perfect time following some tough games – physically and emotionally. A refocused Titans team now considered one of the league’s top offensive units looks to maintain that title and prove they aren’t a flash in the pan.
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