Team 5 – Tenessee Titans (9-7)
The Titans defense will keep this team in the playoff discussion this year. But the team certainly milked the “Cinderella story” angle for all it was worth in 2019, didn’t they? The team relied far too heavily upon the running game of Derrick Henry in the postseason. Can the offense become more well rounded in 2020?
The Tenessee Titans in 2019 are the perfect example of a team getting hot at just the right time. Their miraculous surge to the AFC Championship game can either springboard this team to higher heights, or the team has already missed the chance and will languish in mediocrity. I’ll go with the former. Right or wrong, this team has responded to new QB Ryan Tannehill incredibly well.
The Titans lost QB Marcus Mariota, RB Dion Lewis, and OT Jack Conklin. But all in all, it was not a bad offseason for the team in terms of lost talent. That’s good because the Titans were a 9-7 team in the regular season before catching fire at the season’s end.
The Titans added DE Vic Beasley, CB Jonathan Joseph, OT Ty Sambrallo, and more in free agency. Then the team drafted OT Isaiah Wilson, CB Kristian Fuller, RB Darrynton Evans, and QB Cole McDonald. Is one name noticeably absent? NFL veteran edge rusher Jadaveon Clowney
As soon as the Titans were defeated in the AFC Championship Game, many wondered how the Titans would respond. Will they build upon unexpected success, or wither and blow away from the miraculous run? I think the former here. The Titans began to roll offensively when Ryan Tannehill got on-board, but the strength of the team is the running game and defense. That will propel the Titans into the AFC South title in 2020.