Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
Yes, you read that title correctly. The Titans have been predicted by at least one person to win the AFC South. Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus makes that prediction.
Here is some of his reasoning behind that bold prediction: "When healthy, Jake Locker hasn’t looked terrible, and I think he has some really nice weapons to work with this year."
He also points to how the Titans will use Dexter McCluster in this new offense. We haven't seen any signs in the preseason of how he might be used.
If there's a reason to have faith in the Titans making a run for a division crown, it's definitely because of their receiving corps. It's young but ultratalented. Justin Hunter could be primed for a breakout year, and Kendall Wright will continue to get better as a reliable slot receiver.
My big reservation that keeps me from pushing the Titans ahead of the Colts in the division is if this transition to a 3-4 defense is going to go as smooth as everyone hopes for. It's still very much a work in progress judging by four preseason games.
The Titans will win some shootouts this season, and 9-7 is the most I can see this team managing. That won't be enough to overtake the Colts, whom I see as a dark-horse candidate to challenge the Broncos and Patriots.