NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Just two years ago, opponents had better than a coin flip chance of converting a third down against the Titans' defense.

The unit was, frankly, a laughingstock, staying on the field a record 51.9 percent of the time – the worst in the league since at least 1999. And offenses weren’t just getting into third-and-short and turning those into a new set of downs. There were third-and-18s in there.

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Jeffery Simmons/ photo by Angie Flatt

Flash forward a season and seven games.

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