The Tennessee Titans outdid themselves this week…and that’s not a good thing.
After loosing on a walk-off field goal to the woeful Buffalo Bills last week, the Titans turned in their most dreadful performance in quite a while…shutout 21-0 by the Baltimore Ravens in a game that wasn’t as close as the score.
Tennessee’s offensive line allowed 11 sacks while mustering just over 100 yards of total offense. Not to be outdone, the defense couldn’t get off the field on third down and were routinely burned in the passing game.
The Titans failed to score a touchdown for the second week in a row, and for the third time this season. Judging by that alone, you would think Tennessee’s season was already in the tank.
But, even after the worst two-game stretch of the last three seasons, everything the Titans wish to accomplish is still right in front of them. And they have an unlikely source to thank for that….
The Jacksonville Jaguars.
If the Titans are kicking themselves for failing to build a cushion in the division, then the Jags have to be kicking themselves for failing to seize control of it.
Jacksonville also dropped their last two in unspectacular fashion, being outscored 70-21 in those contests. Their vaunted defense gave up 40 points to an anemic Dallas offense that came into today’s game ranked 30th in scoring.
For a team widely projected to represent the AFC in this year’s Super Bowl, Jacksonville’s 3-3 looks nothing like Tennessee’s….who would have taken that record and subsequent place in the division after six games if you gave them the choice before the season started.
“That place” is atop the AFC South with tie-breaking victories over the Jaguars and Houston Texans…who are also 3-3. And not to be overlooked, the Jags and Texans still have to play each other twice.
So as it stands…the Titans, Texans, and Jaguars are all on equal footing with 10 games left in the regular season. Something that shouldn’t be the case given Tennessee’s last two performances.
With the absurdly high number of injuries to key players thus far, being right in the thick of the division race after the last two games is all you can ask for if you’re the Tennessee Titans.
And the Jacksonville Jaguars, of all people, are largely to thank.