Sure, the Colts had no shot to claim their eighth division title in nine years without Peyton Manning and the Jaguars are starting a rookie quarterback.
But the Houston Texans teams that pundits figured would cake walk to the playoffs is currently 3-3, a half game behind the Titans who had their bye last week.
And so far, Tennessee has won with minimal contributions three-time Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson. But for the Titans to stay in the division hunt, they’ll need to bolster an offensive that took a major hit when wide receiver Kenny Britt was lost for the season to a torn ACL and MCL.
Enter... Terrell Owens?
When Britt went down last month, Titans coach Mike Munchak said the 37-year-old Owens was not on the team’s radar.
But after the Titans missed out Brandon Lloyd — who Denver dealt to St. Louis on Monday — Munchak is reconsidering.
“That’s something that at some point when (Owens’) health is better and he can pass a physical — people thought the midpoint of the season, maybe — he might be a guy that may be able to work out to prove where he’s at,” the first-year coach told the Tennessean. “If he has a way of helping our team win, then for sure you’re going to take a look at him.”
The Titans are 1-1 since losing Britt, but quarterback Matt Hasselbeck’s numbers have taken a considerable hit in his absence — his average yards per game have dropped from 311 to 231.
Tennessee’s leading receivers over that span are tight end Jared Cook (76 yards per game) and veteran Nate Washington (66 ypg) — sufficient proof that the Titans could use another threat in the passing game.
Could T.O. — who’s still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in April — be that guy? He certainly seems to think so — despite recent comments from former GM Charley Casserly to the contrary.
Earlier this month Owens told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that he could return in “a month or less.”
For now, the Titans will roll with what they’ve got, but if Owens can hit his optimistic recovery time table, he may get a call from Tennessee.
“A lot is going to depend for us on how we are producing at that (wide receiver) postion three weeks or two weeks from now, and how we’re doing (overall),” Munchak said. “All those things will factor into it. But I’m sure whenever you’ve got a player that has his capabilities, everyone’s going to know exactly where he’s at. If he has a way of helping our team win, then for sure you’re going to take a look at him.”
(H/T Pro Football Talk)