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Titans Standing Their Ground After 4 Games?

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Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass over DeMario Davis of the New York Jets. Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images.
Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass over DeMario Davis of the New York Jets. Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images.

The Tennessee Titans have been one of the bigger surprises in the NFL, but has anyone really given them a real shot to continue to play as well as they have throughout the entire season? Well, let’s do the math and figure out what would happen if they did.

In other words…

Where do the Tennessee Titans stand in the AFC South after week four?

Good question.

First things first, let’s take a look at where the Tennessee Titans are individually as a team.

MIRROR MIRROR

The Titans are 3-1, tied for first in the division. They haven’t committed a turnover, still, which is really impressive. Since entering the Super Bowl era (1966-present), the Titans are the second NFL team to have zero interceptions and zero lost fumbles through the first four games.

Again, impressive.

There’s a big “but” going forward, though. No pun intended. During the Titans 38-13 win over the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon, they lost Jake Locker to what appeared to be a severe hip injury. There are various reports and speculation, but it’s better to just leave it at just that. Logic says that he’ll be out for a few weeks (at the very least), so we have to definitely take that into consideration.

WHO GOT NEXT

The rest of the AFC South has, in a way, changed since the start of the season. First of all, the Houston Texans aren’t who we thought they would be – at least not yet. They could very well end up winning this division, but right now they don’t look like the complete team we expected them to be.

At 2-2, the Texans are as shaky as a .500 team as you’re going to see. The quarterback play has been lackluster and Arian Foster isn’t up to speed yet. If the Texans don’t be careful, they could end up on the outside looking in.

Advantage, Titans.

The king of the crop in this division is definitely the Indianapolis Colts. Andrew Luck is definitely, head and shoulders, the best quarterback from the group. At this point, at 3-1, the Colts should be favored to come out as the AFC South Champs.

Again, all of this is based on what’s happened so far in the first four games. This is not predicting what will happen when it’s all said and done, it’s if the season ended based on each teams performances so far.

The bottom feeder in the South is, of course, the Jacksonville Jaguars. The only thing that needs to be said about them is that they would be at the bottom of every division at this point. They may even be at the bottom of the SEC (just kidding).

OUTLOOK

I think we can all agree that the key(s) going forward for the Titans is going to be, A, what is the extent of Jake Locker’s injury and, B, how long will he be out. Before anything else, that has to be answered.

However, if he is out for, let’s say about six weeks, can the Titans survive without him? Can Ryan Fitzpatrick protect the ball as well as Locker has while running the offense? We just don’t know.

With Locker healthy and commanding this offense, we still didn’t know how good this Titans team was. Without him, it just raises more questions and doubt.

One thing we do know, based on the first four games, is that the Titans have potential. Everyone predicted the Titans to finish third in this division, but now the over/under can be shifted up a bit. A second place finish is very much in reach.

Right now, based on what they’ve done, you can’t count out that type of finish. Maybe, if all the chips fall into the right places for Tennessee, there may be a world where they steal a division title. But we’ll cross that road if we ever need to.

The Titans couldn’t have drawn up a better start to the season, phase one is done. It’s now time for phase two, and it starts off with adversity.

Injuries.