A lot of analysts/reporters seem to be down on the Tennessee Titans entering the 2022 season — mainly because of the loss of star wide receiver AJ Brown.

The Athletic’s Dan Pompei, however, isn’t one of those folks.

Pompei, a senior NFL writer for the national sports media outlet, said this week that he feels like the Titans are getting underestimated this offseason.

“The Titans are getting underestimated,” said Pompei. “They were the best team in the NFL for most of last season even though their most valuable player, Derrick Henry, missed nine games. They were disappointing in the playoffs, but many teams have used similar failures for motivation.”

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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

It might not be a bad thing for the Titans to enter the 2022 season with a chip on their shoulder — even though on paper they should be the favorites to win the AFC South for the third straight season.

Tennessee had a lot of shade thrown their way late last season, with numerous outlets describing the franchise as the worst No. 1 seed ever.

Unfortunately for the Titans, they didn’t do much to disprove that notion. Tennessee lost their opening divisional round playoff game to the Cincinnati Bengals, essentially confirming the national media’s view of the Titans.

Mike Vrabel’s squad will look to change those views in 2022. And they have at least one believer in the nation media in Pompei from The Athletic.

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