The Tennessee Titans’ 41-35 loss against the Cleveland Browns this Sunday did some damage to their AFC playoff picture standings.

After this Week 13 blunder, a wild card backup plan is now harder to achieve if the Titans end up losing their lead in the AFC South. Cleveland’s victory this Sunday allowed them to own the tiebreak over the Titans based on head-to-head win percentage. With the undefeated Steelers continuing to maintain a tight grip on the AFC North, the Browns will likely be competing for a wild card spot come December. 

In the AFC South, the Colts remain hot on Tennessee’s trail with their close victory against the Texans. As of this week, however, the Titans still maintain their lead in the South based on divisional win percentage. 

The AFC playoff picture as a whole also experienced a bit of movement because of Tennessee’s loss. The Titans tumbled to fourth place behind the Bills after Week 13, resulting in a lot of last week’s progress to go down the drain. 

AFC Playoff Picture – Titans Move Down

Dec 2, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) breaks up a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown (15) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Pittsburgh Steelers (11-0): 4-0 in the AFC North. 8-0 in conference play. Week 7 head-to-head advantage over the Titans.

No. 2 Kansas City Chiefs (11-1): 4-1 in the AFC West. 9-1 in conference play.

No. 3 Buffalo Bills (8-3): 4-0 in the AFC East. 6-2 in conference play.

No. 4 Tennessee Titans (8-4): 3-1 in AFC South. 6-4 in conference play. Owns tiebreaker over the Colts based on divisional win percentage.

No. 5 Cleveland Browns (9-3): 2-2 in AFC North. 6-3 in conference play. Owns a wild card tiebreaker over the Titans based on head-to-head win percentage.

No. 6 Miami Dolphins (8-4): 2-2 in AFC East. 5-3 in conference play. Owns tiebreaker over the Colts based on best conference game win percentage.

No. 7 Indianapolis Colts (8-4): 2-2 in the AFC South. 4-4 in conference play.

In the Hunt

Dec 6, 2020; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Las Vegas Raiders safety Dallin Leavitt (32) knocks down a pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) in the second half of a NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

No. 8 Las Vegas Raiders (7-5): 3-1 in AFC West. 5-3 in conference play.

No. 9 Baltimore Ravens (6-5): 2-2 in AFC North. 4-5 in conference play.

Moving Forward 

Dec 6, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (27) runs for a short gain during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans’ momentum after their two consecutive conference wins has been absolutely scorched by this week’s heart-crushing loss. “Code Blue” transformed into code red today soon after Derrick Henry’s failed attempt to convert on fourth down early on in the first quarter. Tennessee’s weaknesses were on full display today, making them seem more like pretenders than contenders in this AFC playoff race.

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