With the Titans’ regular season less than three months away, I figured now would be a good time to take a look at a few of the more intriguing games heading into 2019. For this write up, I’m choosing three in particular, so let’s get things started.
Week 1 at Cleveland
Right off the bat the Titans play a familiar foe on the road. From 2014-2017 the Titans and Browns faced each other four times, with the Browns winning in 2014 and 2015 while the Titans won in 2016 and 2017. Both teams are tasked with a test from the other opponent.
The Browns have been busy in the offseason, giving QB Baker Mayfield a fantastic display of weapons including Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb, David Njoku, Rishard Higgins, and Antonio Callaway. The defense added pass rushers Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon in free agency while also upgrading the secondary with LSU corner Greedy Williams, a potential half of a one-two punch in the secondary with Denzel Ward.
One potential weak point for Cleveland is in its offensive line. J.C. Tretter and Joel Bitonio are clearly excellent, but the right guard situation could be exploited by the Titans pass rush thanks to the trade of Kevin Zeitler to New York for Vernon.
Week 10 vs Kansas City
Sound familiar? The Chiefs’ (apparent) kryptonite hosts the team at home, and this time reigning MVP and sophomore sensation Patrick Mahomes will face Tennessee for the first time in his career. Alex Smith’s limited skill set as a quarterback no doubt played a part in the Chiefs losing twice to the Mike Mularkey led Titans in 2016 and 2017, and Mahomes is an entirely different animal himself.
The defense has undergone a complete makeover, save for the excellent Chris Jones on the front. Who knows what happens to Tyreek Hill, and the Madden Curse could very well be in play for Mahomes this season.
Week 16 vs. New Orleans
The last time these two teams met, Mariota was a rookie, and Tennessee won on the road in overtime.
The Saints feature a high profile offense but are away from the SuperDome in this game. Depending on where both teams are at this point of the season, this could be a playoff/playoff seed deciding game.
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