This Is Why The Tennessee Titans Will Take You By Surprise In NFL 2017

This Is Why The Tennessee Titans Will Take You By Surprise In NFL 2017

Every year there is a team that shocks football fans everywhere. Who will that be in 2017?

Every year in the NFL, there is always one team called the "sleeper" team. It's usually a team that, whether it's because their stalwart defense or their blazing offense, will burst onto the scene, rise up into relevancy and rain on the parade of the historical elites of the league. Two years ago, it was the Raiders and the Panthers, and last year, it was the Cowboys and the Falcons. This year, I believe that it will be the Tennessee Titans. The Tennessee Titans had been struggling for a long time, with quarterback and defensive woes plaguing the team. However, their young and very talented quarterback Marcus Mariota, Mike Mularkey and his "exotic Smashmouth" style of run-heavy offense have been slowly pushing the Titans up in the NFL rankings. The Tennessee Titans can make a deep run into the playoffs this year, and here are the four main reasons why.

1. Their rushing attack is one of the best.

In the 2016-2017 season, the Tennessee Titans' offense was great. They ranked third in rushing in the league. Their "Exotic Smashmouth" running style, composed of the dynamic runner DeMarco Murray and bulldozer Derrick Henry, performed very well, gaining about 2,100 rushing yards and scoring 16 touchdowns on the ground. Expect their dominance to continue. DeMarco Murray rushed for about 1300 yards and scored nine touchdowns last season, and he shows no sign of slowing down at the age of 29. Derrick Henry, who rushed for about 500 yards and scored five touchdowns, seems to have progressed in his development. Look for him to get more carries this year, and score more touchdowns. And if that wasn't scary enough for opposing teams, Marcus Mariota is one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the league.

2. Their passing game has improved.

Their aerial attack was also proficient in 2017. Under Marcus Mariota, one of the best red-zone scorers in the league, their passing game has also flourished. The Titans also have one of the most reliable tight ends in the league: Delanie Walker. They also made smart moves to improve their passing game as well. The Titans signed one of the best red-zone receiving threats, Eric Decker, and they drafted Corey Davis, a young and very talented receiver out of Western Michigan. With their improved passing attack and already-phenomenal running game, the Titans can grow to become one of the elite offenses in the league.

3. Their defense has improved.

The Titans' defense is, well, average. The Titans averaged about 317 yards given up per-game, which put them at about 20th in the league. Their main weakness was their pass defense. They gave up about 269.2 passing yards per game and had 12 interceptions last year. That's an average number, and if the Titans were aiming for mediocrity, they did it. However, this is a team that is aiming to make a deep run into the playoffs, and that simply won't do it. To improve their pass defense, they drafted Adoree Jackson out of USC. He had a very productive career at the University of South Carolina, with five interceptions in his final year in college. He is a great asset on defense and can contribute on special teams and even help on offense. With this draft pick, as well as drafting a linebacker in Jayon Brown, the Titans are primed to make big strides in their defense.

4. They are in a weak division.

It is no secret that nowadays, the AFC south is one of the weakest divisions in the league. This year, the Titans can take advantage of that. The Jaguars have been consistently bad under Blake Bortles, and don't seem to be getting any better. The Colts have one of the best quarterbacks in the league, Andrew Luck, but the rest of their team (especially their defense) is very weak. And for the Houston Texans, it seems to be the complete opposite. Their defense is strong, but their offense is weaker, and their quarterback situation doesn't seem to be doing them any favors. Because all the other teams have substantial problems, the Titans seem like the most complete team in the AFC South. The Titans can easily win this division and go to the playoffs.

At one point in time, the Titans were thought of as the worst team in the NFL. However, through smart drafting, trading and management changes, they have since become one of the rising powers in the NFL. By drafting a franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota, and adding weapons around him, the Titans seem to have made a great offense. They have also started to shore up their defense. By doing all those things, the Titans have become a dark horse in the upcoming NFL season, and I believe that they have the potential to surprise many people in 2017.

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7 Lies From F*ckboys That We've All Fallen For At Least Once

They might've had you goin' for a hot second, but you know better now.

There’s no use in even frontin’; we’ve all been there. You know he’s a f*ckboy from the beginning, but you’re interested in pursuing him anyway. Ain't no thang; I fully support you.

You tell yourself you won’t fall for his games or lies because you’ve been through it all so many times before. Yet, time and time again, you find yourself slippin’ for a hot second, wanting to give him the benefit of the doubt until he inevitably disappoints you. Here are the top seven lies you’ve heard from f*ckboys that get you heated every time.

1. You’re the only girl I’m talking to/sleeping with

HAHAHA. OK, first, I don't actually care what (or who) you're doing in your spare time because you're definitely not the only guy I'm seeing either. I'm just asking so I know you're clean, OK? I don't need more stress in my life.

2. I know how to treat girls right

Isn't it super ironic how the WORST f*ckboys are the ones to toss this line?

3. I’ll text you

This statement is so unbelievable that on the off chance that they do actually text you, you basically fall out of your chair in shock.

4. I’m gonna give it to you good

I cry/cringe/die of laughter every time I hear this one because it's always the mediocre ones that throw this line. None of my most memorable hookups have ever said this because their actions clearly speak for them. Mediocre boys, TAKE NOTE.

5. Damn, I wanted to see you though

Well, you were supposed to, but then you clearly had other plans in mind. So the desire wasn’t all that intense, obviously.

6. Yeah, she and I broke up

CLASSIC LIE. CLASSIC. Sure, I believed it the first couple of times, but don’t even try that sh*t with me after I see she’s still blowin’ up your line.

7. *No response for hours after making plans* Damn, sorry I fell asleep

Honestly, how many times are you gonna throw that line when you’re literally viewable on Snap Map. BOY, I see you at someone else’s house. Stop frontin’, there’s no point.

Again, don't ask me why we put up with this sh*t because the mystery remains. I guess in our own sick, twisted ways, we crave the dramatics and thrills that come from their f*ckery. Whatever the reason, though, at least we've got some ~fun~ stories to tell.

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“All-inclusive” Sports Do More Harm Than Good

The real world requires skill sets and diligence, not a degree in complaining about “fairness.”

Our school years have an enormous impact on the way we grow as we get older. Who we turn out to be depends greatly (although not entirely) on how we are brought up and what we experience between the ages of 4 and 18. Without realizing it everything we face affects our futures; getting us ready to thrive on our own. One of the most significant things we experience growing is the possibility of failure and the need to improve. High school sports and interactive clubs are coincidentally the primary source of experience for this necessary life lesson.

High school extracurriculars such as clubs and club sports are all-inclusive, a way to enjoy a hobby without being “cut” and to experience and delve into different ideas. Clubs are important in that they help shape our values and thought processes without the “tough love” aspect but instead as an equal group of members.

High school sports and teams are not the same thing nor should they be. Most high school sports involve tryouts and result in some participants to get cut from consideration, or in some cases are placed between “A” and “B” teams based on talent and ability. High school sports in this way teach us the necessity to improve and the need to exceed, traits imperative to success in careers in the real world. Sports that have room for a certain number of teammates cause players and athletes to have to show their worth, prove their strength and exercise dedication. Not taking a team sport seriously and lacking to show any steadfast traits ultimately results in failure to make the team. This should show athletes that wanting something does not get you anywhere, rather working for it and putting the effort in is what will get you there. The failure to make a team and the threat of less playing time as a consequence for deficient effort makes a determined individual work harder and focus on improving the skills necessary to succeed.

The real world requires effort and determination. To succeed and excel in careers you need to work hard, prove your worth and exemplify strength and diligence in your field. You will not get anywhere without hard work and constantly improving your skills and abilities. Success in reality is like success on a team sport: if you show little desire and hardly any rigor you will not get anywhere nor will you climb further in success in your career. Knowing how to fix what you do wrong or are not excellent in, not whining and complaining about the basis for success “not being fair” is how you will get places in life, whether in sports or in careers.

High school teams becoming “all-inclusive” is more harmful than it is good to society. To eliminate the expectations of a team sport, to not require hard work and effort and a skill set is to teach teens laziness and to expect what you want instead of working for it. Giving in to every single participant does not reflect the necessary prerequisites for success in the workforce. High school sports have more importance to our development than just exercise and athleticism. Allowing every participant to be on a team or get a trophy fails to mold students into successful, driven adults. If you do not want to face being cut from a team or not playing as much, join a club sport instead of a team sport.

The real world requires improvement for us to be successful. Participation trophies and “all-inclusive” sports teams teach us otherwise.

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