Seven weeks ago, the Tennessee Titans lost to the New York Jets. It was a major upset, and handed the Jets their first win of the season. New York has won only one game since, and the defeat was the low point of the Titans season. The loss to the Jets dropped Tennessee to a 2 and 2 season won/loss record and the prospects of winning a second straight AFC South Division title appeared on shaky ground.
The Titans haven’t lost since.
Included in their six game winning streak are victories over some of the best teams in the National Football League, namely the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams. Three weeks ago, they defeated their primary division challenger, the Indianapolis Colts, for the second time this season.
They followed that win over Carson Wentz and company with their road triumph versus the Los Angeles Rams before collecting their sixth straight victory last week against the New Orleans Saints. The only difference between last week’s triumph over New Orleans and the previous five wins for the Titans is that they didn’t cover the point spread against the Saints.
This week, the Titans host the Houston Texans, who by most accounts are the worst team in the NFL. Their lone win this season came on opening day when they were home underdogs to another struggling NFL franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Can we blame the Titans if they may be looking past this game with the New England Patriots next on their schedule? We already know that New England will come into their showdown against the Titans riding a five game winning streak following their Thursday night victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots have outscored their opponents over the past three weeks by a combined 94-13 margin and have covered the point spread in all five games during their current win streak.
Now that is a challenge that will have the Titans full attention.
The question is, does it already have their attention over the matter at hand … tomorrow’s game against the lowly Texans?
Only a couple teams in NFL history have scored twice as many points as they have allowed in a regular season. Those teams have most often gone on to win the Super Bowl. This season, the only team on pace to accomplish that feat is the Buffalo Bills, who come into this week’s action having scored 280 points while allowing 135. And the Bills, as we previously stated, are one of the teams the Titans beat on their current winning streak.
The Texans are on the other side of that equation, having allowed more than twice as many points as they have scored. This season, the Texans have tallied 128 points while their opponents have scored 258.
So, is there any chance that the pitiful Texans ride into Music City for their Sunday contest with any chance of beating the Titans?
I mean, come on, aren’t these two squads on totally opposite paths?
They are, but they also appear to be on the same track and headed for each other.
This is a collision between talent and motivation, and if the Titans can lose to the Jets they can also lose to the Texans.
No one is expecting this outcome, and that is what will trip up what appears to be a sure thing for the confident Titans.
Qoxhi Picks: Houston Texans (+10) over Tennessee Titans