NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In a highly unpredictable league, teams often have a sameness to them.

Through nine games, the Tennessee Titans certainly do.

Yes, their identity has taken form and has been pretty consistent: A run-based offense, with successful play-action, now figuring things out without Derrick Henry; a burgeoning defense keyed around a front four generating regular pressure.

Ryan Tannehill

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But more than that, their resilience and adaptability are the things.

“We’re just a resilient bunch, that’s what we’ve been saying all year,” Kevin Byard said. “Some games, the offense doesn’t play very well and the defense has to hold it down and vice versa. It’s all about being a team. …The only stats that matter are 7-2.”

Mike Vrabel’s teams have shown those qualities before, for sure. But the adversity has reached new heights and the confidence and consistency of the response have been the best yet.

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