The Jaguars won’t likely catch up with the Titans in 2021.
You need to give credit to the Tennesse Titans. Instead of hitting the panic button when they found out running back Derrick Henry will be missing the 2021 season, they looked for ways to cover the void his absence left on their offense.
Not long after they found out Henry was done for the year, they went on to sign Adrian Peterson. The addition would have sent shockwaves in the NFL if it had happened in 2012, back when the Future Hall of Famer was in his prime. However, father time has done its thing and he no longer has the explosiveness and power he had early in his career. Still, he showed Sunday he’s still got gas in the tank.
The Jaguars weren’t the only team to pull off an upset in Week 9. The Titans also beat one of the best teams in the NFC in the Los Angeles Rams. Although Tennesse had trouble running the ball, Peterson scored a touchdown.
Also, the Titans’ defense showed out, sacking Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford five times. Jeffery Simmons played like a first-round pick and logged three of them. Earlier this year, Tennesse’s defense was a liability but has improved considerably in recent weeks and is helping them win games in spite of not having Derrick Henry.
Good teams adjust, and that’s precisely what the 2021 Titans have done.