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.

Cover Image Credit: Michael Nacnac

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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NBA 2K18 Is TRASH, 2K Needs To Improve 2K19

Trash Mechanics. Trash MyLeague. Microtransactions. Check, check, check (and no, that isn't a reference to the money they make).


2k games has developed a monopoly in regards to a few of their games. The most obvious and culturally relevant game they make? "NBA 2k." It has developed an immense and passionate fanbase, dedicated to either rebuilding teams, staking a claim on the title of "GOAT," or playing competitively against other players online. However, monopolies have obvious cons; with no obvious alternative that is a great competitor, the quality of these games has declined precipitously. "2K18" has come to vex and perplex just about every 2K fan, and Ronnie 2K needs to improve this trash game.

First, let's talk about how essential microtransactions are to improving your game. For MyCareer, for you to level up your player, you have to grind for essentially days on end to avoid purchasing VC (the game currency) and to procure a high level of success with your game, especially if you are to use your character against fellow players online. There is also essentially a requirement to purchase currency to play against the well-established teams (hint, those teams have Steph Curry and others). It is 100% a broken system that serves as a money-making venture for 2K.

Next, the MECHANICS. Are you telling me I cannot make a layup in the post, just because I am being chased? That an open look 3, just because I released too early, won't go in? I also hate the fact that you are somehow able to step out of bounds, BUT, Giannis shook me by stepping out of bounds. Twice. Also, their passing is... perplexing. somehow, the center possesses the reflexes to snatch my pass out of midair, but I cannot get steals like that to save my life? I can't steal passes when they come up through the lane? OK then. The shooting feels broken sometimes, especially when players like Marcus Smart start draining three. Or Ben Simmons taking a shot outside of the key.

MyLeague is also annoying. It could be SO fun. It really could be an enjoyable experience. BUT there is so much wrong. One, the lottery odds shift on you constantly, and the teams that SHOULD be getting top picks do NOT end up procuring the picks (thanks for ruining my Bulls rebuild). Next, the trades are broken. Rudy Gobert is not coming to the Bulls for a top 10 protected pick and Kris Dunn. The Charlotte Hornets are not going to hedge their bets on Mo Bamba and trade away a franchise player like Kemba and get only that pick in return.

Development is also broken, and the good teams you build somehow can never score enough despite possessing the ability to (The Warriors, Thunder, and Cavaliers all provide examples of teams in real life of teams possessing three stars OR MORE that could average consistently high point totals). Also, tanking teams make the finals, and win, with the best scorer scoring 15 points per game? That is it? Really? Nah.

I am not some big fan of NBALive. EA is also a monopoly capitalizing on the market not providing a worthy competitor, and Live has been subpar for years now. However, 2K is going the way of Madden in that the game is declining in quality while still being the only option. For some consumers, this is the major purchase they make over the course of the year. No other games end up on their shelves, and they have the opportunity to lose their fanbase if it continues to decline as it has. Ronnie2K, PLEASE fix your game.

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