The Tennessee Titans 2018 schedule was released on Thursday and we can finally make predictions that will inevitably be wrong. There will be no shortage of interesting contests and storylines in the 2018 season, as there are three prime-time games for Mike Vrabel’s squad (four if you count an 8:30 am CT start in London). As well as both of the teams in Super Bowl 52 traveling to Nissan Stadium. Here is a look at the top three games of the 2018 season and our way-too-early predictions for this season.
Top three games
- Philadelphia Eagles at Tennessee Titans
Sunday, Sept. 20, 12:00 pm CT (CBS)
The reigning Super Bowl champions will take a trip to Nashville in Week 4 in what will be the first major test of the Mike Vrabel era. The Eagles have one of the best defenses in the league and they have only gotten better with the likes of newly signed defensive tackle Michael Bennett. On the offensive side of the ball, Carson Wentz was the front-runner for league MVP last season before tearing his ACL late in the year and Jay Ajayi is one of the top running backs in the NFC. Defeating the Eagles early in the season would go a long way towards showing the rest of the league that the Titans are contenders in 2018.
2. Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys
Monday, Nov. 5, 7:15 pm CT (ESPN)
The Titans will make their first of two appearances on Monday Night Football when they travel to the “Lone Star state” to take on the Dallas Cowboys. Last year, the Titans folded under pressure against big-name opponents in prime-time (Pittsburgh and New England, anyone?). They’ll have the chance to change that against “America’s Team.” The Cowboys were average last year, going 9-7. They also released Dez Bryant this offseason, but they still have Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, and one of the best offensive lines in the league. This is a game the Titans should win, but they have been known to lose those types of games.
3. New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans
Sunday, Nov. 11, 12:00 pm CT (CBS)
This one is for obvious reasons. The Patriots are a dynasty. They are who every other sports franchise strives to be like. These teams faced off in Foxboro in the AFC Divisional Round last season with the Patriots dominating a young team. This game has so many storylines. From the Titans wanting revenge, to Dion Lewis, Malcolm Butler, and Logan Ryan each playing their former team. There will be no shortage of motivation for the Titans entering this game. Even with all that motivation, the Patriots still have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, which means the Patriots will be favored. The Titans will have the opportunity to knock off the perennial favorites, but it won’t be easy. Nissan Stadium is ready for this one.
Way-Too-Early Record Prediction: 11-5, AFC South Champions
Losses: Houston, Philadelphia, New England, Jacksonville, Indianapolis
There is a lot of uncertainty behind the 2018 Titans. Mike Vrabel has never been a head coach in the NFL, Matt LaFleur has never called plays in the NFL and the Titans do not have a history of getting head coaching hires right.
Call me optimistic, but I believe this is the season that Marcus Mariota makes a case for being one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. In an offense designed for him to thrive, I believe he will give headaches to defenses’ across the league. Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry will be one of the most formidable one-two punches in the league, and Corey Davis will become a true number one wide receiver after a full, healthy, offseason. On defense, the secondary led by Kevin Byard and Malcolm Butler will enter elite company.
If everything goes right, Atlanta isn’t a far drive from Nashville.