The Tennessee Titans kick off their 2021 season in less than 48 hours. We made it! The expectations are as high around this team as they have been since the early 2000s. They have the talent on their roster to make a deep run in the playoffs. Will that come together? Time will tell.
One thing we know for sure is that the NFL season is full of surprises. There is at least one team that everyone is predicting will be good that will end up being bad. There is at least one team that no one is predicting to make the playoffs that will end up there. It happens every single season.
Let’s take a look at the best and worst-case scenarios for the 2021 Titans:
You may call me a homer here, but the best-case scenario for the Titans is that they win the Super Bowl. Ryan Tannehill continues the efficient play that he has shown since taking over as the Titans starting quarterback. Derrick Henry wins his 3rd straight rushing title. Julio Jones and A.J. Brown are the best wide receiver duo in the NFL. Todd Downing is getting interviews for head coaching openings. The defense takes enough of a step forward to keep the Titans in games even on the rare occasion that the offense struggles.
Now step back and tell me which part of that is unrealistic.
The worst-case scenario really involves a bunch of injuries. Julio Jones misses time with nagging soft tissues issues. Derrick Henry suffers an injury that causes him to miss time. Tannehill isn’t able to reach the same level of efficiency without the threat of Henry on the field. Defenses are able to shut down A.J Brown without a major threat on the other side of the field. The defense, even with all of the new personnel, isn’t any better than it was last season.
We know that the most likely result is somewhere in the middle. Everything won’t got completely right or wrong. This team looks to have enough depth that they should still be able to have a really good year even if things don’t break 100% in their favor.