Projected record: 10–6
It’s been nine years since Kerry Collins and Cortland Finnegan led the 13–3 Titans to the playoffs, and this season will be the closest the team has come to returning to the postseason. Just like Carr, this prediction hinges on Marcus Mariota returning to full health from his broken leg. The Titans have a top-three offensive line protecting their franchise quarterback.
Pivotal game: Week 12 at Colts. The Titans haven’t won in Indianapolis in the past 11 tries, but that should come to an end this year. Tennessee will be coming off a tough Thursday night game in Pittsburgh, but the extra days of rest will help in Week 12 in Indy. A road win against the Colts will prove this team is finally ready to take the next step.