NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans, so far, have broken out of their nasty little habit of not just playing down to the level of poor competition, but losing to it.

Through seven games, they’ve taken care of the teams they should beat, stacking up consecutive wins against the Raiders, at the Colts, at the Commanders, against the Colts and at Houston.

The biggest victory in that stretch has been by 9-points, but that's been about the Titans' shortcomings, not their failures against lesser opponents.

Kevin Byard and Darren Waller

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The opening-day loss felt like it might fall into the category of losing to a bad team, but the Giants have turned out to be a quality team, and the Bills are the AFC’s best.

But in the Mike Vrabel era -- when the Titans have dropped games to bad teams like the 2021 Jets and Texans and the 2020 Bengals – the Titans also rise to the occasion against premier teams, particularly Buffalo and Kansas City.

That certainly wasn’t the case in Week Two on Monday night in Buffalo, when Tennessee was blown out, 41-7.

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