The Tennessee Titans take on the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend looking secure a first Conference Championships title since 1999 and progress past the NFL Conference Championships stage and book a place in the Pro Bowl stage. The Titans have been the most significant surprise packages this season because they were not considered as a substantial threat in a sport that has been dominated by a dominant New England Patriots in recent times. After claiming massive victories over the Patriots and Ravens on the road to the Conference Championships stage, it is now clear to say the Titans are contenders and perhaps the favorites to win the Super Bowl this season. An appearance in the Super Bowl this season will be the second time in the team’s history. It would also be their first appearance in the Super Bowl since they lost 23-16 to St. Louis Rams in 1999. We take a look at their exploits this season and statistics, which makes them a strong case for their title tilt this season.
Season in Review
After an indifferent preseason that consisted of 2 wins and two defeats, the Titans headed into the new regular season seeking to get off to a winning start in comparison to the previous season where they lost 27-20 at Miami Dolphins. The Titans began this season with an impressive 43-13 win at Cleveland Browns. However, the excellent start ended when they lost both their second and third opening games against Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars. A win over Atlanta Falcons and consecutive defeats at home against Buffalo Bills and on the road against Denver Broncos in the following games meant the Titans had just two wins in their opening six games, one win fewer of the three wins they recorded in their opening six games in the 2018-2019 NFL season.
To some extent, the defeats was an eye-opener for the team and a strong indication of the huge task that lay ahead of the team in their bid to excel in the AFC this season. The team quickly embraced the pressure and put together a consistent streak which saw them lose only once in their next 7 games. The impressive manner in which they won these games highlighted the Titans’ ruthlessness in getting past teams easily without succumbing to any pressure. The wins were also decisive as they ensured that the Titans were at least in the hunt to qualify for at least the Wild Card Round. They finished the regular season on a high note with a 35-14 win at Houston Texans despite losing two consecutive games against the Texans in their reverse fixture and the New Orleans Saints prior to their final game of the regular season. This also ensured that the Titans ended the regular season with a 9-7 win-loss record for the fourth consecutive season. This meant the titans would also finish the regular season as the second best team in the AFC South Division. Up next was perhaps the most significant test they had faced this season in the form of the reigning Super Bowl Champions, New England Patriots who were touted as favorites to advance from the Wild Card Round and move a step closer to securing another Super Bowl. However, this fixture also provided the Titans the most significant opportunity to cause perhaps the biggest NFL shock of the decade and make a statement of intent. The Titans went on to defy the odds and claim a landmark 20-13 win at the Patriots to advance to the Divisional Round in what was their first win at the Gillette Stadium. The Titans went on to overcome another favorite in the shape of Baltimore Ravens 28-12 to advance to the team’s first AFC Championship Game in 18 years.
Their Season in Stats
The Titans’ statistics this season has been a significant reflection of how far they have come as a team since last season. In the regular season, they scored 420 points from their 16 games averaging 25.1 points per game, which represented a sharp increase from the 310 points they recorded in the 2018-2019 season, where they averaged 19.4 points per game. They also recorded 54 touchdowns in the regular season this year, 20 more than the total 34 touchdowns they recorded in the previous season. They also made 3,582 Net Passing Yards, averaging 8.8 yards per pass attempt, and 223.9 net passing yards per game. They also made 455 rushing attempts and 2,233 rushing yards, averaging 5.0 yards per rush attempt and 138.9 rushing yards per game. They also made 949 offensive plays and 21 rushing touchdowns. These figures meant the Titans finished the regular season as a team that could go a long way to Super Bowl glory this season. In addition to their stats in the regular season, is another impressive stat in the postseason which has seen the Titans record 48 points in both the Wild Card and Divisional round, averaging 24.0 points per game and seven touchdowns despite facing the two strongest teams in the NFL in both games.
Key Players Playing Their Part
It will be unfair to talk about the team’s success this season without highlighting the contributions of some of their influential players. Notable impact makers in the team include the likes of Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Running Back Derrick Henry, Wide Receiver Kalif Raymond, and Cornerback Logan Ryan. The quartet top the charts on the various leaderboards of the team. The cohesion between them is clear to see and will be vital in their Conference Championship game this weekend and perhaps the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl should they progress.