Titans move closer to goal of storming the South with late win over Bengals

Wesley Woodyard’s response when told Tennessee now has its first four-game winning streak since 2009?

“Wow!” the Titans linebacker said with a disbelieving laugh.

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Such a fact speaks volumes about Tennessee’s failures in the previous seven seasons.

It also shows that the 2017 Titans may be primed to end a nine-year drought without a playoff appearance.

Another step in that direction was taken in Sunday’s 24-20 home win over Cincinnati.

This wasn’t a particularly pretty performance. The Titans enjoyed a 40:09 to 19:51 advantage in time of possession and allowed Cincinnati to convert only one of 10 third-down conversion attempts. Yet it took a seven-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Marcus Mariota to running back DeMarco Murray — his third score of the day — with 36 seconds remaining for Tennessee to secure the victory.

Counting wins against Cleveland (12-9 in overtime) and Baltimore (23-20), the Titans have now triumphed in three straight games decided by four points or less against opponents with a combined record of 7-20. Woodyard, though, isn’t complaining about the lack of blowouts – nor should he considering those squeakers have allowed Tennessee to keep pace with Jacksonville (6-3) atop the AFC South.

“We’re winning those close games that in the past we would lose because we weren’t playing sound football,” Woodyard told Sporting News in

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