Last season, the Tennessee Titans were the NFL's last undefeated team, going all the way to 10-0 and losing only three regular-season games. This season, Jeff Fisher's team stands at 0-4 after losing 37-17 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tennessee's defensive line had played reasonably well up to this point despite the offseason loss of Albert Haynesworth(notes), but against the Jags they gave up 137 rushing yards -- though Jacksonville was missing both of its starting offensive tackles, rookies Eugene Monroe(notes) and Eben Britton(notes). The real problem, as it's been all year, is the pass defense. Going into this game, the Titans were giving up 274.7 passing yards per game, and that total is going up a bit after allowing 323 yards and three touchdowns to Jags quarterback David Garrard(notes).
On the other side of the ball, Kerry Collins(notes) and his receivers were unable to take similar advantage of the Jacksonville pass defense, the worst in the league through three games at 281.7 passing yards per game allowed. Collins threw two picks and managed only 284 yards on 48 attempts. Because they were playing from behind, Tennessee ran the ball only 19 times for 95 yards, which is not this franchise's plan at all.
Because there's so much more talent on this roster than you'll see among most winless teams, and because there's so much respect for Fisher, the Titans were universally given the "best winless team" label through their first three losses (talk about damning with faint praise). But after this old-school butt-kicking, the Titans have every right to be concerned about their future. They're being upended by much more than Mr. Bad Luck.