It’s 68 days until the new NFL season begins but for a football mad guy like me that’s just too long so I’ve taken it upon myself to go over each NFL schedule and try and predict for all of you what may happen once the season rolls around.
This week our previews focus on the AFC South with today’s team being the Tennessee Titans who went 9-7 in 2011. Here’s how I think their season will go:
- Week 1 vs New England Patriots – Loss
- Week 2 at San Diego Chargers – Win
- Week 3 vs Detroit Lions – Loss
- Week 4 at Houston Texans – Loss
- Week 5 at Minnesota Vikings – Loss
- Week 6 vs Pittsburgh Steelers – Loss
- Week 7 at Buffalo Bills – Loss
- Week 8 vs Indianapolis Colts – Win
- Week 9 vs Chicago Bears – Loss
- Week 10 at Miami Dolphins – Win
- Week 11 BYE
- Week 12 at Jacksonville Jaguars – Win
- Week 13 vs Houston Texans – Loss
- Week 14 at Indianapolis Colts – Loss
- Week 15 vs New York Jets – Loss
- Week 16 at Green Bay Packers – Loss
- Week 17 vs Jacksonville Jaguars – Win
Overall Record for the Tennessee Titans in 2012 – 5-11
The Titans find themselves with one of the more difficult schedules this season and they will be hard pressed to get to .500 without considerable improvement. The Titans are one of those teams that appear to have most of the pieces required to be competitive but when they come up against really tough teams that are genuine contenders this team will likely fold unless players like Chris Johnson and the oft-injured Kenny Britt step up and be counted.
When you look at the outcome of this schedule it’s pretty easy to see that at some point this season we will see Jake Locker on the field. There are teams with truly ferocious pass rushers on the schedule and particularly in the first half so I have a feeling that either Hasselbeck won’t be at his best as he runs for his life or he’ll inevitably get hurt and Locker will find the starter’s job thrust upon him. If Hasselbeck is still the starting quarterback when week 12 rolls around I will be very surprised.
Tomorrow our look at the AFC South moves on to the Jacksonville Jaguars.