No Will Levis vs. CJ Stroud, but Titans could come closer to meeting original expectations

There are multiple storylines to monitor when the Tennessee Titans finally meet the Houston Texans on Sunday. A concussion will prevent us from partaking in the first scheduled chapter of the Will Levis versus CJ Stroud showdown. Stroud is expected to be ruled OUT on Friday afternoon, as the Rancho Cucamonga native has yet to even come close to clearing concussion protocol. The Titans will instead see backup quarterback Davis Mills, who threw for 178 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Malik Willis-led Titans last season.

Stroud's absence takes the oomph out of Sunday's contest. The former Ohio State standout and No. 2 overall selection has been a historically great rookie quarterback while positioning the Texans for a potential postseason berth. Levis has shattered rookie records too, and fans of both franchises were excited to watch their first battle in what could develop into a 10-year rivalry, if all goes according to plan for both franchises. Of course the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars, who boast ascending quarterbacks too, plan on ensuring the Stroud versus Levis battle doesn't dictate the AFC South division for the foreseeable future. Don't look now, but the AFC South carries the potential to be football's most exciting division next season.

Most quarterbacks that get drafted in the same class are inevitably tied to one another. In this case, Stroud and Levis comparisons are expected to be more . . .

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Author: Justin MeloSenior Writer, Interviewer and Podcaster for Broadway Sports covering the Tennessee Titans and NFL draft. For more than five years, Justin Melo has professionally covered all things NFL draft and Titans for The Draft Network, SB Nation and USA Today. Best known for his Interview Series with NFL draft prospects, Justin has interviewed more than 500 NFL players. Co-host of the Music City Audible podcast alongside Justin Graver (@titansfilmroom).