Sitting at 5-5 with six games to play, the Titans road to the playoffs looks grim, to say the very least.
Fresh off of their signature victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Tennessee Titans will be able to rest up on their bye week this week. After that, if they want any chance at making the playoffs, they’ll have to prepare to play their six best games of the season.
According to the interactive playoff picture on the New York Times’ website which gives playoff chance percentages for each team based of of simulations, the Titans currently have an 18 percent chance of making it to the playoffs based off of 324,000 simulations.
It is the lowest of any team currently at .500 or higher. Their chances of winning the AFC South are even worse, currently at nine percent.
If the Titans can find a way to win all of their final six games, their playoff chances would go up to 100 percent, but with four of those games against division opponents (including two against the division-leading Houston Texans), that would be no easy feat.
Much worse, five of their final six games come against opponents that currently have a winning record, while the Jacksonville Jaguars, the only team they face that has a losing record, beat the Titans earlier this season on Thursday Night Football in Week 3.
The Titans face the the Jaguars next Sunday at 3:05 PM CST. They then will travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts in Week 13, followed by a game in Oakland as they visit the Raiders in Week 15, before finishing up with two games against the Texans (Week 15 in Nashville & Week 17 in Houston) and a Week 16 battle with the New Orleans Saints.
The Titans could afford to lose one game and still have a promising chance at the playoffs, but losing two would more than likely hinder their chances. Three losses would all but doom them.
As up and down as this Titans team has been for much of the season, the final six games look to be very hard to predict. All season, they’ve beaten teams that most assumed they would lose to, while losing to teams that they were expected to beat.
There’s no doubt that it will be an interesting final six games of the season, and we can only hope that the Titans will be up to the challenge.