The Tennessee Titans have now won 6 straight games have have a record of 8-2, good for sole possession of first place in the AFC.
In their 6-games win streak, they have beaten the Bills, the Chiefs (27-3 I’d add), the Colts, the Rams on the road in blowout fashion, and now the Saints.
Much of the credit belongs with their much-improved defense, highlighted by standouts Kevin Byard, Harold Landry and Jeffery Simmons.
But a ton of credit must also go to Ryan Tannehill, who has led the team through a considerable bit of adversity. We all know Derrick Henry is out for an extended amount of time, possibly the rest of the season. But Julio Jones has been in and out of the lineup, AJ Brown hasn’t been healthy all year, plus the Titans lost TE Jonnu Smith to the Patriots in free agency.
Against the Saints yesterday, Tannehill’s offensive weapons consisted of AJ Brown, Chester Rodgers and Marcus Johnson at WR. He had Geoff Swaim and Anthony Firkser at TE. And at running back, Jeremy McNichols and 36-year-old Adrian Peterson.
On top of all that, they lost offensive coordinator Arthur Smith in the offseason, who took the Falcons head coaching job. Many including myself expected the Titans offense to regress quite a bit in Smith’s absence.
But the Titans are now looking better than ever.
Tannehill has been spectacular:
Their offensive line hasn’t done a great job of protecting him, and yet still he finds ways to win games.
As far as injuries go, I know every team has to deal with them, but the Titans have had to deal with them more so than any other team, and they’ve been just fine: