It's safe to say that the Tennessee Titans have entered the rough patch of their 2013 season, and how long that will last is the real question heading into the bye week.
The bye week couldn't have came at a better time for the Titans. This team is coming out of a challenging stretch of games that showed that they're still not near the elite level of NFL teams.
In the Titans' three-straight losses, their opponents' combined record is 18-3. The Titans had every opportunity to sneak out with wins over two of those teams, the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks.
The Titans' Week 4 win over the New York Jets looks a little bit more impressive now as well.
With the Houston Texans struggling so badly at this point, the door is wide open for the Titans to make a move in the AFC South after the bye week. They still have two meetings with the 1st-place Indianapolis Colts.
However, these five players have to show some considerable improvement for that second half surge to happen for the Titans.