According to Pro Football Talk’s new power rankings, the Tennessee Titans are slotted at #20 at this point of the preseason. While a Titans fan myself, it is difficult to argue any different.
Tennessee faces a torturous schedule for the upcoming 2012 season. The first four opponents include New England, San Diego, Detroit, and Houston. All of which can very easily be losses. Before their bye week in week 10, the Titans also have games against Pittsburgh and Chicago. Again, both of these games will be extremely difficult.
The Titans face five playoff teams from last year and must find some way of winning the majority of those. The Titans close the season with tough games against the Texans, Jets, and Packers. To say the least, the Titans have been dealt very few lucky breaks.
Tennessee will have to escape their division with at least four wins and then pull of upsets of at least four heavyweights. While it’s not quite David v Goliath, the Titans definitely have their work cut out for them.
One of the few bright spots in Tennessee’s schedule is that they play both Jacksonville and Indianapolis twice; which should equal four wins. A wild card spot in the playoffs seems out of the picture unless the receiving corps and the defense steps up in a big way. Matt Hasselbeck and Chris Johnson will without a doubt have to carry the team again this year. However, the possible introduction of Jake Locker into the starting lineup could perhaps throw a few lucky curveballs into Tennessee’s fortunes.
At the end of the day I predict Tennessee will survive the 2012 season with 9 or 10 wins. If the Houston Texans falter this season due to injuries or regress to their previous hapless form, then Tennessee could very well sneak into the playoffs. A link to Tennessee’s schedule below.