The Tennessee Titans put together an unbelievable 2019 season, and while they came up short of the Super Bowl, it was a stunning turnaround. The Titans opened the season 2-3, at which point they decided to make a switch at the quarterback position. Ryan Tannehill replaced Marcus Mariota, and it was like a switch was flipped. Cast off by the Dolphins, Tannehill emerged as a presence for the Titans and the team went 7-4 the rest of the regular season to secure a Wild Card berth.
Tannehill was key, but Derrick Henry’s second half emergence was otherworldly. For the ten games from Week 10 through the AFC Championship game, Henry rushed for 1,410 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 141 yards per game and 6.4 yards per carry. Riding him into the playoffs, the Titans stunned the Patriots and Ravens in the first two rounds. They gave the Chiefs a scare in the AFC Championship Game, but came up short.
The end of the Marcus Mariota era in Tennessee is imminent, as Ryan Tannehill emerged as the better quarterback for the Titans this past season. Tannehill is a free agent, so the team could elect to use the franchise tag if the two sides can’t come to an agreement. Tannehill turns 32 this offseason, and even if they tag him, they might still look for a QB of the future after day one of the draft.
In the meantime, Tennessee can still upgrade its offense in other ways. Wide reciever A.J. Brown is developing into the team’s go-to wide receiver, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a need for depth. The 2019 second-round pick is dangerous in the open field and ranked among the league leaders in yards per catch this year. But he also didn’t even rank among the top 50 when it came to receptions. Tennessee will need more than three catches a game from its most dynamic receiver, and it will have a chance to add more threats via the draft and free agency.
The 2019 NFL season is coming to a close and while the playoffs are just arriving, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2020. We won’t know the full regular season schedule until April, but even with the 2019 season not finished, we know each team’s list of opponents. The NFL has a formula they use to determine opponents, with divisions and conferences rotating each year.
The Titans face their divisional opponents a total of six times. The AFC South faces the AFC North, which adds four more opponents. The AFC South faces the NFC North, which adds four more opponents. The final two opponents are the teams that finish in the same standing position in the AFC East and AFC West.