Sports, Thrill of Victory

Titans objective against Jacksonville is very clear

This is it. The game you’ve all been waiting for.

Yes, it’s the Tennessee Titans vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars, part two. If CBS doesn’t break television ratings record with this game, it’ll never do it.

Marcus Mariota and the Titans will look to break the 11-game losing streak against the team they last beat at home. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

In all seriousness, this game will not be pretty. These two teams played just a few short weeks ago, and it was nothing to write home about.

Well, except for the hideous Color Rush jerseys. Luckily, the Titans were the winners in that category thanks to Jacksonville’s mustard-stained monstrosities.

But the problem is that the Titans weren’t winners in the actual game.

That’s nothing new. The Titans haven’t won a home game seemingly since the Clinton administration and are on pace to go back-to-back seasons with only two wins.

But hey, it’s not lonely at the bottom right now. The Cleveland Browns also have a stellar 2-9 record, putting them in a tie for the worst record in the league along with the Titans.

Except that the Browns beat the Titans in Week 2. Doh.

Yes, the Titans are indeed the worst team in the NFL. That’s not an opinion. That’s stating the facts as they currently stand.

If you love getting No. 1 draft picks, you’re probably fine with that. Because if things keep going in the direction they have been, there is little doubt that the Titans might as well already be on the clock.

If you love being better than 2-14 every season, you’re probably not fine with this. Winning only two games in one season isn’t good. Winning only two games in back-to-back seasons pretty much makes you the worst franchise in the league.

That’s tough to swallow. The Titans have talent. Certainly not enough, but they have talent. It’s hard to believe that they are this bad. No team should be this bad.

Which brings us to Titans vs. Jaguars round two. This is the chance to go from two to three. And quite frankly, it might be the only chance.

Mike Mularkey is looking to earn his second win at Titans coach on Sunday. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

Mike Mularkey is looking to earn his second win at Titans coach on Sunday. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

After Jacksonville comes to town, Tennessee’s remaining schedule is difficult. Very difficult.

The Titans go on the road to play the New York Jets, take another road trip to New England, come home for an improving Houston team, and then finish the year in Indianapolis.

There is no way that the Titans will be favored in any of those games. Not a chance.

Yet here they are, favored in game for the first time in ages. The oddsmakers have made it pretty clear: although you haven’t won a home game in over 400 days, we believe this is your chance.

And it is. Winning is the only option here. Forget tanking to grab the No. 1 pick. Three wins doesn’t mean a whole lot more than two at this stage, but at least give fans some sort of measurable progress.

The Titans have already hit rock bottom. There’s no reason to keep hitting the ground to see if there is any room to go even further down.

Next season will be a fresh start for the Titans and their fans. But we aren’t there yet.

A loss to Jacksonville would likely ensure another winless season at home. You don’t want that. No one wants that.

So for all the talk of losing out and being first on the draft stage, the objective remains the same as it has all season long.

Win. Just win.