Probably one of the biggest surprises of the NFL season so far is that the Tennessee Titans are still undefeated. They are 4-0 for the first time in franchise history. That's not just Titans history, that's even through the Houston Oilers history. Who at the beginning of the season would've thought they would have more wins than the Colts, Chargers, Patriots, or the Cowboys. Not many.
What makes it even more surprising is that they are not ranked in the top ten in points per game, passing yards per gmae, or yards per game.
This is because they are relying heavily on the run game. The combination of Chris Johnson and LenDale White is becoming one of the best in football. White is tied for the league lead in rushing TDs with five. And Johnson is 7th in the league in yards with 337. With their quarter backs not scoring many points, the running game will have to be successful for this team to stay undefeated.
You might say "Well Eddie, their schedule has not been that great." This is partially true, they have played the Bengals and the Texans, but they've also played the Jags and the Vikings. The Jags are a playoff contender, and with Adrian Peterson the Vikings are difficult to stop. They also have to play the Colts twice and the Jags one more time. Other tough teams on the Titans schedule include Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, the New York Jets, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Titans defense is the key component to the teams success. Just look at their ranks: 1st in the NFL in points allowed at a meager 11.5 per game, 5th in the league in yards allowed at just 263.5 per game, 8th in pass yard allowed and rush yards allowed with 176.8 and 86.8 per game respectively.
Albert Haynesworth is having a tremendous year. He is the leader of this Tennessee defensive strategy. He has recorded 15 tackles, and is 3rd in the NFL with 5.0 sacks. If he keeps it up, he is a serious Pro Bowl contender.
Cortland Finnegan? Who? That's what most people said when he burst onto the scene with four interceptions so far this year, returning one for a touchdown and averaging 25.0 yards on each pick return. This is a great DB who is on the rise and could be atop the NFL's INT list come January.
With all these things in mind, do you think the Titans are playoff contenders? I certainly do. With that defense, anything is possible. Continual great play from the entire team could produce a Super Bowl appearance, or even a ring. That's right, I said the Titans could get a Super Bowl Ring. There is no doubt that this team is the real deal.