As teams headed to preseason finale they showed some of their primary goals, for the Tennessee Titans has been to get through the games without serious injuries as they went through a lot of effort to remake an offense that underwhelmed last season. The team traded for DeMarco Murray, spent yet another first round pick on an offensive lineman and drafted Derrick Henry in the second round. New head coach Mike Mularkey has let it known that he wants to get back to smash mouth football.
The future looks bright in Music City, as Marcus Mariota could be the best starting quarterback the Titans have fielded since Steve McNair. However, he is still completely void of a credible receiver to throw the ball to and has a tendency to run because of it. Him and most of the starters will play only one series so don’t expect to draw too many conclusions. Still, there are some issues to be addressed as the Titans try to gain momentum heading into the season opener.
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They have the pieces to make a splash this season, as their defense is good enough to get by and the offense should make strides this season. Tennessee’s defense finished in the top half in yards allowed last season but allowed 26.4 points per game, which means the offense gave up way too many turnovers.
That turnover number is likely to decrease this season with Mariota growing and sure-handed rushers in the backfield with Murray and Henry.
The Titans have not won the AFC South since 2008 – a squad that featured Kerry Collins at quarterback and a running back duo of Chris Johnson and Lendale White. That year also happens to be the last time Tennessee posted a winning record within the division, as the team has gone 12-30 against AFC South opponents since.
The Titans are not exactly built to win immediately. Marcus Mariota is the franchise cornerstone, but will still need a year or two to fully realize his potential. The line is young and will likely suffer through some growing pains too. Add to that the growth the other teams in the division will likely see and an AFC South championship is not likely for Tennessee.
It may be hard to remember, but the Titans were a solid and respectable team just a few years ago. The team finished with six or more wins in eight consecutive seasons from 2006 to 2013.
In order to ensure at least six wins this season, the Titans will need to reclaim some semblance of a home field advantage. The Titans have posted a losing record at Nissan Stadium in each of their past four seasons with a collective 10-22 mark in that span. Lines on scores are currently averaging: Over/Under win total 5.5. Your best bet for online gaming! Sign up now at heritagesports.eu