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A look at why these past few weeks have hurt worse than normal.

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

I know Tennessee Titans fans, that one hurt. Again, the team found a way to lose a game and there is nothing anyone can say to change that. For some reason though it seems like this one hurt more than the ones last year, and it probably did. In fact, if it did there is a good reason for it and it is one that should ultimately be a good thing: the Titans are getting closer.

Every week the Titans are getting closer and closer to winning these games that last year they weren't even close in. Check out the stats from Jim Wyatt:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">FWIW: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Titans?src=hash">#Titans</a>&#39; first 3 losses this yr have come by avg. of 5.7 pts. First 3 losses last yr by avg. of 18.7 pts.</p>&mdash; John Glennon (@glennonsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/glennonsports/status/653332054768271360">October 11, 2015</a></blockquote>
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It is easy to zone out of games when your team is down by close to three touchdowns. However when you are watching until the last second and you have a quarterback that is keeping you in the game until the very and a defense that is consistently getting to the quarterback, it hurts when you lose.

Again, this is another game where a 3rd & 20+ play killed the Titans as Tyrod Taylor ran for a huge gain to keep a drive alive that was eventually the difference in the game. However, they are getting better and have improved every week.

With Chance Warmack on his way back soon, the running game should open more and more of the play action passing game. And for the record, even Kendall Wright should be happy with how this offense is going. Check out some of these stats:

-This offense is on pace for 408 points which would have been 9th in the NFL last year. They have done that without playing the Jaguars (twice), Indianapolis (again), Houston (twice), Miami, New Orleans, and Atlanta. Those seven games will all have the Titans facing teams in the bottom 10 defenses in the league.

-Kendall Wright is still on pace for nearly 900 yards and 8 touchdowns which would be his second best season for yards and his career best year for touchdowns. While I get that he is frustrated that Mariota seems to be favoring Harry Douglas, Wright's catches will come one he stops drawing the best cover man on the opposing defense.

-This offense is finally figuring out how to do little things like screens and quarterback runs correctly, and you can tell that they are very close from exploding and becoming much more consistently high scoring.