Re-ranking Houston Texans and AFC South after the 2021 preseason

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35. . . Previous: 2-1nd. Tennessee Titans. 1. team

It’s another banner year for the Tennessee Titans, but their throne is a fragile one.

When your team acquires Julio Jones to pair with A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry the offense will be hard to stop. Add in a revived Ryan Tannehill at quarterback and the Titans will defend their AFC South division championship. There’s just one thing that could hold this team back, and it’s COVID-19.

First-round draft pick Caleb Farley will be asked to perform, but his back injury and subsequent surgery may be an issue. As for the pass rush, bringing in Bud Dupree from Pittsburgh helped a little bit- but the Titans pass rush has a long way to go.

The news breaking of Tannehill going on the COVID-19 list earlier this week adds to the outbreak within the Titans organization. As of Thursday, the count was standing at 9 players. Hopefully, all recover and don’t get hit too hard from it. Unfortunately, this is another opponent everyone is fighting, and Tenessee hasn’t been able to shake it off from last season it seems.

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When it comes to projecting their record, a 12-5 mark will be enough to capture the AFC South title once again. If Tannehill can perform without Arthur Smith (who is now the head coach of the Falcons), then they won’t miss too much of a beat. They’ll just have to keep COVID at bay as much as possible.