CBS Sports recently made their predictions for which teams will make the NFL playoffs this year.

And they don’t think the Tennessee Titans will repeat as AFC South champions for the third straight year.

CBS Sports has the Indianapolis Colts winning the AFC South this upcoming season.

So a wild card spot for the Titans then, right?

Not according to CBS. They have the Titans missing the playoffs in 2022.

Cincinnati Bengals nose tackle D.J. Reader (98) tackles Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) in the first quarter during an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
Cincinnati Bengals At Tennessee Titans Jan 22 Afc Divisional Playoffs

From CBS Sports:

This wasn’t particularly tough for me, either. Matt Ryan will be a QB upgrade and while it’s not enough for me to view them as a Super Bowl contender, it cements then atop the division for me. The Titans are quasi-rebuilding on the fly and seem have plateaued with Ryan Tannehill under center. The Colts can run the ball damn well and the defense is plenty solid. They play in a weak division and will capitalize after collapsing down the stretch a year ago.

This is such an absurd take that I don’t know where to start.

Are folks forgetting that Tennessee was the No. 1 seed in the AFC last year despite not having their best offensive player in running back Derrick Henry for a large chunk of the season?

Look, I get that the Titans lost star wide receiver AJ Brown this offseason. And that certainly hurts. But the bulk of the playoff team from a year ago is back. The Titans kept edge rusher Harold Landry in town. And they made an incredibly underrated addition in wide receiver Robert Woods (acquired via trade from the Los Angeles Rams). There’s nothing to suggest that Tennessee has “plateaued”.

I think CBS Sports is putting too much stock into Ryan Tannehill’s bad decision at the end of the Titans’ loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the playoffs. If Tannehill checks down on that last play, Tennessee likely reaches the AFC Championship game. And who knows what happens from there.

CBS is also likely giving the Colts too much credit for landing quarterback Matt Ryan.

Ryan is good. But he turns 37 in a few days. And he’s coming off his worst season since 2010. He’ll make Indianapolis better, but I don’t think he suddenly turns the Colts into the division favorites.

It’s certainly possible that Tennessee misses the playoffs in 2022. The NFL can be unpredictable at times. But there’s nothing that’s happened this offseason that should make anyone assume that the Titans are going to suddenly fade in the AFC. The Titans are still the team to beat in the AFC South.

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