8-5, 1st AFC South
Is It A Bounce Back Year For Mariota? - Marcus Mariota was progressing nicely on a year-to-year basis, but 2017 was a big step back for him, but the offense entirely. Matt LaFleur is now in town, and a much more advanced offensive mind that should help Mariota and this offense. The weapons are there for Mariota if everyone can stay healthy, and this year Mariota should come in at full health. If injuries occur, Mariota could be slowed down given he needs some mobility to produce. 2018 is a good year to buy low on Mariota, and really the Titans offense in general. They have a good defense that should put them in good spots.
What Does Dion Lewis Bring? - We are all setup for a Derrick Henry heavy workload, and then Dion Lewis came over from New England via free agency. Lewis is going to be used in the receiving game more than what people think, and will be a change of pace back at times. With Matt LaFleur at the helm of the offense, you are likely looking at a tick up in running back usage in the passing game. This bodes well for Lewis. As far as the snaps go, this will be a situation looked at closely, and hopefully we can get some consistency. Although, when dealing with committees it is usually anything but that.
Can This Young WR Core Thrive? - Tennessee opted to go with Eric Decker last season, and it was not successful. The Tennessee core is now a younger one, with Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor acting as main options. Hopefully a healthy Rishard Matthews can come back in and play a role here. This is not a bad core, and with many predicting positive regression for the Titans, you can add that to the wide receivers as well. Do not be surprised to see a Davis or Taylor up in the league in receiving yards, and Delanie Walker is going to be a nice piece to go with this crew.
Can An Underrated Front Seven Make Some Noise? - The Titans are a very good defense coming into the year, and very underrated. They have Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo on the outside, which is a huge advantage. Rashaan Evans was a first round pick, and Jurrell Casey is closing up the middle. The front seven here is very good, and can help a secondary that struggled with consistency last year. This Titans team is going to rely on the defense to keep them in games at times, especially if the offense resorts back to last season’s ways. They have a chance to sneak into the top ten, especially if these AFC South quarterbacks are shaky.
How Will Tennessee Deal With A Tougher South? - The returns of Andrew Luck and Deshaun Watson are going to give an upgrade to the division, and Jacksonville is already looking like a heavy favorite to win the division. The Titans were not convincing in the later games against Houston and both games against Indy which is a concern. They did take care of Jacksonville twice, but a repeat would be tough. The outer division games against Philly, Baltimore, New England, and the Chargers are going to be tough games to overcome if they struggle within the division.