TITANS SEASON PREVIEW: WEEKS 9-12

Titans struggle in November

Week 9: Baltimore Ravens

Previous Opponent: Miami Dolphins

Titans Previous Opponent: Cleveland Browns

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November 5, 2017 – The Titans return from the BYE week refreshed and refocused. They face a tough Ravens team that – as history shows – has always given them problems.

The two have alternated wins/losses since 2005. The last meeting resulted in a 21-7 Baltimore victory – so the Titans are due for a win. Tennessee will show no signs of rust and the BYE week will prove to be effective.

Tennessee wins another close game.

Final: TEN 24 – BAL 21 (TEN 7-2)

Week 10: Cincinnati Bengals

Previous Opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars

Titans Previous Opponent: Baltimore Ravens

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November 12, 2017 – The Titans will keep the momentum from the previous week, while Cincinnati will continue to struggle.

The Bengals will turn the ball over, and the Titans will make them pay. The Titans offense will be too much for the Bengals to handle, and Tennessee will send make the hometown fans happy. Mariota will have another 4 touchdown game. Casey will get to Dalton multiple times. Logan Ryan will record his 1st interception in two-tone blue.

Titans win big against Cincy.

Final: TEN 38-CIN 13 (TEN 8-2)

Week 11: @Pittsburgh Steelers

Previous Opponent: Indianapolis Colts

Titans Previous Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals

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November 16, 2017 –  Tennessee is on Prime Time this week, but face the toughest task of the season. Likewise, the Steelers will face their toughest opponent yet.

The Steelers enter the game 9-1 – with their only loss coming to the natural split they have with Baltimore nearly every season. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant prove to be a little too much for the secondary to handle. Le’Veon Bell has a big game and enters as a top 3 rusher in the league.

The Titans rally to put themselves in position to win the game, but give Big Ben the ball with too much time left on the clock. He moves the offense and finds one of his big time receivers in the endzone to finish this one in style.

Titans lose thanks to Big Ben’s late game heroics.

Final: TEN 21-CLE 27 (TEN 8-3)

Week 12: @Indianapolis Colts

Previous Opponent: BYE

Titans Previous Opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers

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November 26, 2017 – The Titans travel to Lucas Oil Stadium somewhat rested after a 10 day stretch. The problem is, the Colts will be rested fresh off a BYE week and will look to get some revenge.

The Colts secondary will be smothering and – for some odd reason – Titans receivers drop passes and fail to convert. Malik Hooker records his third pick of the season and takes it to the house. Luck and company cool down the Titans and split the season series here.

Titans head back to Nashville to regain confidence and put this loss behind them. They remain on top of the division, but face a tenacious Texans team that are hot on their heels.

Colts win with a double-digit upset.

Final: TEN 10-IND 27 (TEN 8-4)

Conclusion

The Titans win two-lose two in the third quarter of the season. The losses come at the hands of a top AFC team and a nagging division rival. However, splitting with the Colts this season is more than the team has done since Luck was drafted to the team.

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Tennessee heads into the final month of the season suffering back to back losses. Fortunately for them, this is the easiest chunk of their schedule. Expect the Titans to heat up in December and begin to peak heading into the post season.

Perfect timing.

***I do not claim credit for any photograph featured in this post. All credit goes to the respective author(s). All season predictions are the opinions of this author***

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