2020 Tennessee Titans Review
The Tennessee Titans finished the 2020 regular season with a record of 11-5 and that was good enough to win the AFC South Division. Tennessee had high expectations after reaching the AFC Championship Game in 2019, but the Titans were not able to find the same level of success.
Tennessee suffered a 20-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in their first playoff game in 2020, ending what was a great year. Derrick Henry carried the offense a season ago, rushing for over 2,000 yards.
2021 Titans Offseason Additions
Tennessee made a big splash this offseason in acquiring wide receiver Julio Jones from the Atlanta Falcons. The passing attack for Tennessee has not been great in recent years, but adding Jones could pay big dividends.
Linebacker Bud Dupree was also brought in via free agency and he should have a big impact on the defensive side of the ball. This team needed to get better, and bringing in those two players achieved that goal.
2021 Titans Offseason Departures
Wide receiver Corey Davis signed a deal with the New York Jets this offseason, and that prompted the move for Julio Jones. Davis was productive for the Titans, and he will be missed.
Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney both left this team this offseason, and those are big pieces not returning on the defense.
3 Key Factors to a Winning Season
Utilizing Julio Jones
Now that Julio Jones is on the roster, it will be up to the Titans coaching staff to find a way to use the star-wide receiver. Tennessee does not usually throw the ball a ton, but they simply can’t add Jones without doing all that they can to get him the ball.
Henry Leads the Way
Derrick Henry is arguably the best running back in football, and he makes the game easy for his Titans teammates. Henry is going to start to wear down at some point, but the Titans need to keep feeding him until that occurs.
Defense Must Dominate
Head coach Mike Vrabel wants to be aggressive with his defense, and that unit needs to take over games for the Titans. Getting stops was a challenge at times for the Titans, even though the numbers were pretty solid.
Rating Their Schedule
The Tennessee Titans have a fairly easy schedule in 2021, and playing in a week AFC South Division certainly helps. The two games against the Indianapolis Colts will be a challenge, but the Titans should go 4-0 against the other divisional opponents.
Tennessee visits Seattle in Week 2, and that will be an early-season test against the Seahawks. Weeks 6 and 7 will prove to be the toughest stretch of the season as Tennessee takes on two of the best teams in the AFC.
The Titans will host the Bills in Week 6 and then the Chiefs in Week 7, and having those games in Nashville is a huge bonus.
Expectations in 2021
Tennessee should be the pick to win the AFC South this season, especially after adding Julio Jones to the mix. Indianapolis is going to be solid as well, but the Titans should be good enough offensively to win that division.
Tennessee has plenty of playoff experience in recent seasons, and that should help them make a deep run in the postseason. They still aren’t as good as the Bills or Chiefs, but they will make some noise.