The Tennessee Titans finished the 2012 season with a very disappointing 6-10 record, finishing third in the AFC South. Jake Locker had an injury plagued season, and Chris Johnson had to create his own holes all season long. Both of these things had to do with poor offensive line play for a majority of the year.
This season should be different for the Titans; expect a lot of improvement. Tennessee has an improved offensive line, running game and passing defense, but with their fairly tough schedule how will the Titans finish the 2013 season?
At first glance, 8-8 seems to be a good guess at where the Titans will end up. They play rather weak teams in the Jacksonville Jaguars (twice), San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals. They also should have a good opportunity against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the opener.
However, the Titans are better than most people realize. Their pass defense has improved drastically with the additions of George Wilson and Bernard Pollard. Because of this, I believe they have a chance to split the series with the Indianapolis Colts. They also match up really well against the Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks and could steal a win from some of these expected playoff bound teams.
The Titans will finish somewhere between 10-6 and 6-10 in 2013. Their offensive line, Johnson and Locker will be keys to whether they end up in the playoffs or on the outside looking in once again. Expect either a 9-7 or an 8-8 season for Tennessee.