The 16 games the Tennessee Titans will win on their way to the Super Bowl next season have been revealed.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) April 20, 2018
Okay, admittedly, the Titans are unlikely to go 16-0 next season, especially against this schedule. The AFC South has inexplicably become a good division within the past year or so. With the likely return of Andrew Luck for the Colts, the emergence of Deshaun Watson as an elite quarterback in Houston, and the consistently elite Jaguars defense in Jacksonville, none of the six division games will be a cakewalk.
Outside of the division, the Titans get the two teams from last years Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, at home in Nashville. Beyond them, though, the non-division schedule is fairly light, with Miami, Buffalo, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington, and both New York teams rounding out the schedule. All of those last eight mentioned games should be winnable for first year head coach Mike Vrabel and company.
The Titans will have three prime time games in 2018, with trips to Dallas and Houston in weeks 9 and 12 for Monday night games and the annual Thursday night game against Jacksonville that will probably end up being a color rush jersey game. They will also get to go international for only the second time in franchise history, the first time since 1994, when they play the Chargers in London on the morning of October 21st. It should also be noted that their game against Washington does not have a set time yet and is scheduled for the weekend of Christmas, so a Christmas day game for the Titans is not completely out of the question just yet.
All things considered, if the Titans can have a more consistent offense than last year and avoid any substantial growing pains with new head coach Mike Vrabel, they should make the playoffs and contend for their entire division. A mid-season bye in week 8, the two best teams on the schedule at home, and a seemingly accommodating non-division schedule should offset playing in a potentially tough AFC South division.
Like most Tennessee sports teams, though, there is never a dull moment with the Titans. Hopefully, this will be the season they can finally convert hyped potential into palpable results by making a run at a division title, conference title, or Super Bowl appearance.