Titans in Power Rankings, predictions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans stand 28th in the first ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings of the 2014 season.

There are 76 ballots. Mine is of little influence in the big picture. I think they are going to be an average team and I had them 17th. It clearly didn’t tug them up much, and only the Bills, Browns, Jaguars and Raiders are below them.

I’ve written a lot about the national view of the Titans. They lack star power and flash. They have new systems on both sides of the ball. They have an unproven quarterback.

Even so, they have a far better coaching staff and an easier schedule. I’ve got them going 7-9 again. Here’s my game-by-game assessment (which holds for exactly one week.)

Brace yourself for this next part…

I ran through the game-by-game predictions for the 13 writers who cover the teams the Titans will play this season.

One of them -- one -- picked his or her team to lose to Tennessee.

Have the Titans on your team’s schedule, you are penciling in a win. Unless you are Texans reporter Tania Ganguli, who penciled in a split in the season series pitting Houston and Tennessee.