The Tennessee Titans’ 2020 NFL playoff race has certainly been a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

Hopes for a Titans playoff appearance have drastically improved since their loss against the Colts last week. This massive Week 11 victory was arguably a must-win for the Titans, and they can now clinch a wild card spot over the Ravens in a tie-break situation.

This win also allowed the Titans to keep their position in the AFC South consistent. Indianapolis’s last-minute victory over the Packers sent them to 7-3, and the Titans were able to stay on the Colts’ heels after their backdoor win against the Ravens. While the divisional race between Tennessee and Indianapolis is still neck and neck, the Titans can breathe a sigh of relief for the time being.

If you’re a Tennessee Titans fan, you’ll definitely still want to keep a watchful eye on Baltimore and Cleveland in the weeks to come. The undefeated Steelers currently have a tight grip on the AFC North, so the Browns and the Ravens will most likely be gunning for AFC wild card slots come December. 

The fate of the Raiders and the Dolphins will also be relevant towards Tennessee’s playoff journey. As of this week, Sunday Night Football’s outcome took the Raiders out of reach of beating the Titans in the wild card race in the event of a tiebreaker. 

The next two weeks against Indianapolis and Cleveland will be critical matchups for the Titans in this year’s playoff picture. A win against the Colts will allow the Titans to grab the lead in the division, and a win against the Browns will help to secure a wild card safety net if Tennessee ends up losing the AFC South.

AFC Playoff Picture – Titans Move Up

Nov 22, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Kamalei Correa (55) chases Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell (24) during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0): 3-0 in the AFC North. 7-0 in conference play. Week 7 head-to-head advantage over the Titans.

No. 2 Kansas City Chiefs (9-1): 3-1 in the AFC West. 8-1 in conference play.

No. 3 Buffalo Bills (7-3): 4-0 in the AFC East. 5-2 in conference play. Own tiebreaker over the Colts based on conference game win percentage.

No. 4 Indianapolis Colts (7-3): 1-1 in the AFC South. 3-3 in conference play. Own head-to-head win percentage against the Titans.

No. 5 Tennessee Titans (7-3): 2-1 in AFC South. 5-3 in conference play. Own tiebreaker over the Browns based on win percentage in conference games.

No. 6 Cleveland Browns (7-3): 2-2 in AFC North. 4-3 in conference play.

No. 7 Las Vegas Raiders (6-4): 3-1 in AFC West. 4-3 in conference play. Owns tiebreaker based on the best win percentage in conference games over the Ravens and the Dolphins.

In The Hunt

Nov 22, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) runs for yards after his fourth quarter catch defended by Baltimore Ravens safety DeShon Elliott (32) and cornerback Marlon Humphey (44) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

No. 8 Baltimore Ravens (6-4): 2-1 in AFC North. 4-4 in conference play. Owns tie-break over Dolphins based on win strength.

No. 9 Miami Dolphins (6-4): 1-2 in AFC East. 3-3 in conference play.

While the playoffs seemed to be slipping away from Tennessee’s grasp after their divisional loss on TNF, the Titans could finally be awakening from a midseason nightmare after this important victory. Bigtime plays such as AJ Brown dodging tackles for six and Derrick Henry’s game-winning touchdown proved that an injury-plagued roster simply cannot stifle this team’s will to win. Things are certainly looking up for the Titans, and this week’s win could end up being the spark that they needed to get back on track.

Featured Image: Mitch Stinger – USA Today Sports.
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