A 10-game forecast for the Titans

October, 19, 2009
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Where can Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher and the Titans find a win along the way?

In Week 6, the New England Patriots pounded the winless Tennessee Titans 59-0. In all honesty, watching the game film might be worse for the 0-6 Titans than the loss itself.

When can the Titans win their first game in the 2009 season? Surely Tennessee will not go winless this year, right? Hey, you never know. Anything can happen in this league. Coach Jeff Fisher's mighty Titans, 13-3 overall last season, have fallen.

Let's take a look at the games left on the Titans' schedule and see what their chances are of getting that elusive first win. Mercifully, Tennessee has a bye in Week 7.

Week 8 vs. Jacksonville

Current record: 3-3

Chance of Titans winning: 45 percent

How can the Titans win? They have two weeks to prepare. They are at home. And simply put, Jacksonville isn't a very good football team, especially on defense. But, the Jaguars did throttle the Titans in Jacksonville in Week 4 and they will be coming off a bye themselves.

Week 9 at San Francisco

Current record: 3-2

Chance of Titans winning: 25 percent

How can the Titans win? Eliminating the run is something that Tennessee might be able to accomplish. If they do, the Niners will have a difficult time putting points on the board. On the other hand, this game screams "Michael Crabtree coming out party."

Week 10 vs. Buffalo

Current record: 2-4

Chance of Titans winning: 45 percent

How can the Titans win? Are the Bills really that much better than Tennessee? The Titans' 2008 recipe for winning, controlling the clock and keeping games close, might actually work against the hapless Bills.

Week 11 at Houston

Current record: 3-3

Chance of Titans winning: 25 percent

How can the Titans win? This one doesn't look good at all for the Titans as we stand today. Start Matt Schaub -- and all his potential receivers -- on your fantasy team in Week 11. Chris Johnson would have to absolutely blow up for Tennessee to have any chance.

Week 12 vs. Arizona

Current record: 3-2

Chance of Titans winning: 25 percent

How can the Titans win? They can. But they won't. Arizona doesn't travel well, but the Cardinals really can throw the football. Needless to say, the Titans can't stop anyone's passing attack.

Week 13 at Indianapolis

Current record: 5-0

Chance of Titans winning: 10 percent

How can the Titans win? It is a divisional game, so there is a lot of familiarity here. But Peyton Manning potentially could challenge the numbers that Tom Brady posted this past weekend. Maybe the Colts have the division wrapped up and only play their starters half the game -- that is the only scenario I see for a Tennessee victory. A win isn't happening at Indy.

Week 14 vs. St. Louis

Current record: 0-6

Chance of Titans winning: 55 percent

How can the Titans win? It is hard to speculate that Tennessee will be considered the favorite in any game they play this year, but having the hapless Rams at home could fit that bill. Still, there are actual signs of improvement in St. Louis, which is more than Jeff Fisher's club can say.

Week 15 vs. Miami

Current record: 2-3

Chance of Titans winning: 40 percent

How can the Titans win? This could happen. It is being played in Tennessee and one thing that the Titans do well is stop the run. If Miami can't run, the Dolphins become very vulnerable.

Week 16 vs. San Diego

Current record: 2-2 (entering play Oct. 19 on "Monday Night Football" )

Chance of Titans winning: 25 percent

How can the Titans win? I love the Titans' chances of running the ball down San Diego's throats. But, I love Philip Rivers' chances of lighting up the scoreboard through the air even more.

Week 17 at Seattle

Current record: 2-5

Chance of Titans winning: 25 percent

How can the Titans win? Well, there certainly is a chance that both Tennessee and Seattle are out of playoff contention by Week 17 and frankly, strange things happen during the final week of an NFL season. The Titans' defensive line may just dominate the line of scrimmage against a makeshift Seahawks front.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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