Four Down, Six to Go: Can the Tennessee Titans Run the Table?

Dave StanleyCorrespondent INovember 26, 2009

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans looks for a receiver at Reliant Stadium on November 23, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Initially, Chris Johnson's prediction that he and his Tennessee Titans would win the remainder of their games seemed like a pipe dream.  

The prevailing sentiment from players and fans alike was that he was simply overexcited from his team grabbing their long-awaited first victory of the season.  

But then the victory at San Francisco happened.  

Next, they dispatched the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The following week, the Houston Texans followed suit.  

Could Johnson be on to something?  

Perhaps. But a good chunk of the Titans' remaining games are against solid opponents with winning records.  

"One game at a time" is a tired cliché in the sports world, but it is essentially the best philosophy for Tennessee right now.  

So far, it has served them well.  

One piece of information that has repeatedly surfaced in the media as of late is that no team has won four straight games after losing their first six.  

In fact, no team had won three.  

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Suddenly, all of those "if anybody can keep the team together, it's Jeff Fisher" quotes don't seem so foolishly quixotic anymore.  

Heck, it proved this sportswriter wrong.

As long as the offense keeps clicking the way it does, their chances are good. Strange as it may be, the old college-style option offense that the Titans occasionally run seems to be giving opposing defenses fits.

Granted, in the NFL, a team can't run it all the time, but it's proven to be a nice twist in the gameplan—a perfect utilization of Chris Johnson and Vince Young's respective talents.

On the other side of the ball, Tennessee's "bend, don't break" style of defense seems to be working no matter who the opponent.  

In a sense, this Sunday's game against the high-flying Arizona Cardinals offense should be a good test for their later rematch against the Indianapolis Colts.  

However, the Titans can ill afford to find themselves in a shootout. They'll need to force more turnovers on defense in order to pull out a win.   

As the last quarter of the season approaches, there is much that stands in the way of Tennessee's playoff hopes. (Gasp! The word "playoffs" used in a Titans article!)

They would presumably need help from the Jaguars and the Texans.

But if they take care of business in the same fun-loving yet efficient way that they have the past four games, they just might have a shot at their second 10-game winning streak in as many years.

The poetic truth would be stranger than fiction indeed.


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