Tennessee Titans: 2014 NFL Nation season predictions

Tennessee Titans game predictions

September, 2, 2014

ESPN.com Tennessee Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky makes his game-by-game picks for the 2014 season.

Week 1: at Kansas City Chiefs

Tempting to pick a surprise win. But the combination of rowdy, unfriendly Arrowhead Stadium and the defensive concerns through the preseason prevent it. Prediction: Loss

Week 2: Dallas Cowboys

The Titans have a quality offensive line and quality weapons. Both will rule the day against a Cowboys defense that could be horrifically bad. Prediction: Win

Week 3: at Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are a totally different defensive challenge than the Cowboys, even minus Mike Zimmer. I see Cincy giving the Titans headaches on both sides of the ball. Prediction: Loss

Week 4: at Indianapolis Colts

No Robert Mathis will help the Titans keep it close. But this doesn't wind up being the game against the Colts that the Titans win. Prediction: Loss

Week 5: Cleveland Browns

Could this be Johnny Manziel's first game as the Browns' starter? They'll be coming off their bye week. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton should be able to confuse his old team. Prediction: Win

Week 6: Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars are better than people are willing to believe. Will it be showing up six weeks into the season? I think so. Prediction: Loss

Week 7: at Washington Redskins

Ken Whisenhunt wins the battle with Jay Gruden, another coach at the helm of his team for the first year. Prediction: Win

Week 8: Houston Texans

The Titans watched Ryan Fitzpatrick throw untimely interceptions for them in 2013. In the first matchup of 2014, they collect those from him to their benefit. Prediction: Win

Week 10: at Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens haven't replenished so much that they match the Super Bowl team of two years ago. But they are better overall than the Titans and should beat them in Baltimore. Prediction: Loss

Week 11: Pittsburgh Steelers

As the Steelers' offensive line coach, Mike Munchak returns to face the team he coached the past three seasons. A big draw at LP Field brings disappointment for the home fans. Prediction: Loss

Week 12: at Philadelphia Eagles

I am completely on board with what Chip Kelly and the Eagles are doing. The Titans fall to one of the NFL's best teams in their worst game of the season. Prediction: Loss

Week 13: at Houston Texans

J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney cause the Titans fits up front and terrorize Jake Locker (or his fill-in), and Fitzpatrick plays a better game than in the first matchup, with a couple of key scrambles. Prediction: Loss

Week 14: New York Giants

At this stage of the season, the Giants have found their footing. The offense dinks and dunks a lot, but does it effectively and consistently. Prediction: Loss

Week 15: New York Jets

Chris Johnson's homecoming. The Titans will be hell-bent on stopping him; he will be hell-bent on having a big day. He may find yards, but the Titans should find a way in this one. Prediction: Win

Week 16: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Tennessee avenges the earlier home loss to the Jaguars by beating them on the road. Prediction: Win

Week 17: Indianapolis Colts

The game doesn't mean much to the Colts, who have already clinched the AFC South and don't have any room to gain or lose playoff positioning. The Titans are overdue to beat Indy and finally do. Three victories in a row create an upbeat lead-in to the offseason. Prediction: Win

Predicted Record: 7-9