Turmoil in Tennessee
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There were plenty of moments of panic at NFL stadia this past Sunday. But when the dust settles, and teams file into film rooms to take sober, analytical looks at the first two games, there's only one good team that needs to worry: the Tennessee Titans.
First, nobody standing at 1-1 needs to wig out yet. An NFL season has too many twists and shifts in momentum to get stuck on one loss.
Among the 0-2 teams, the Lions, Rams, Chiefs and Browns have all achieved down to lowly expectations, so they don't count. Neither do the Bucs, the Panthers and the Jaguars, who thought they might be decent but have found out they just aren't any good.
That leaves Tennessee.
The Titans lost two heartbreakers, in overtime to the Steelers in the NFL's Thursday night season opener, and then Sunday in a 34-31 shootout with the Texans. (Incidentally, isn't it curious that both of the teams with three extra days to prepare for Week 2 lost?) On their own, those losses are little to worry about. Even together, two defeats aren't much of a trend.
And then you look ahead.
Tennessee travels to play the 2-0 Jets and Jags, comes home to play the 1-0 Colts, then goes back on the road to play New England. It's easy to imagine Jeff Fisher's 16th Titans squad 1-5 heading into a Week 7 bye.
Last year, Tennessee battered and squeaked its way to the NFL's best start at 10-0, before falling to earth and bowing out of the playoffs in the divisional round. The 2009 season may turn out to be the other side of that coin in Nashville, except there is no playoff redemption for star-crossed NFL teams.
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