As of Thursday, the schedules are officially set for all 32 teams across the NFL. And so begins the extreme analysis of each team’s 17-game regular season expedition. As it pertains to the Tennessee Titans, there is much to like about the 2022-23 schedule, but there is one bye week trend that does not bode well for the team’s Super Bowl aspirations.

Bye weeks are every team’s best friend for multiple reasons. Open dates grant teams the opportunity to recover from injuries sustained early in the season, they provide the coaching staff with extra time to prepare for the next opponent, and they serve as a mental and physical reset from the most taxing schedule in all of sports.

The Titans’ bye week falls in Week 6 this season. Tennessee will be rewarded with an extra week of rest and preparation ahead of a pivotal AFC South matchup with the Indianapolis Colts set to take place in Nashville, TN.

After the bye, the Titans will play 12 straight games to close out the regular season. It is likely to be a taxing finish for a team that hasn’t had much injury luck in recent years.

Since 2013, teams with a bye week prior to Week 9 have not been successful in winning football’s ultimate prize – the Lombardi Trophy. Week 9 serves as the halfway point in the regular season as it effectively splits the season into two halves.

In fact, Peyton Manning’s 2015-16 Denver Broncos are the only team to have won a Super Bowl with a premature bye week over the past nine seasons. Just three other teams with an early open date have made it to the Super Bowl, the most recent being the 2018-19 San Francisco 49ers.

Last season Tennessee fell victim to a late bye. The team limped into a bye week in Week 13 as a battered and bruised Titans squad ran out of gas in an ugly defeat at the hands of the New England Patriots.

While having a bye week early in the regular season is not necessarily the kiss of death, there certainly seems to be a concerning trend, especially for a team who will be contending for the Super Bowl.

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