Where do the Tennessee Titans stand in their own division and the AFC playoff picture as a whole after Week 11?
After the Tennessee Titans had their bye in Week 11, it’s time to take a look at their current standing in the AFC South, and the conference’s playoff picture as a whole.
As far as their division rivals go, the Titans watched the Houston Texans get embarrassed by the Baltimore Ravens, 41-7, while the Indianapolis Colts easily handled the Jacksonville Jaguars, 33-13. Those respective results have the Colts now atop the AFC South.
Here’s how the division looks now.
1. Colts (6-4)
2. Texans (6-4)
3. Titans (5-5)
4. Jaguars (4-6)
The AFC South is about as much of a cluster you know what as we thought it would be.
Thanks to a win over the Texans earlier in the season, the Colts now own sole possession of first place. The good news for Tennessee is that it’s right there and could conceivably steal this division in the weeks to come.
Tennessee remains out of the cellar for another week, but that would change if the Jaguars beat the Titans in Week 12, which would even up the records of both teams and give Jacksonville two wins over the Titans this season.
A win for the Titans would officially leave the Jags in the rear view mirror.
The two teams ahead of Tennessee in this division, the Colts and Texans, meet in Week 12 to decide first place once again.
Even if the Titans beat the Jags, they won’t be jumping into second place this week regardless of the outcome of the Colts-Texans game. Tennessee will still have a worse divisional record than the Texans should they lose, and the Titans lost the head-to-head with Indy earlier in the season, giving them an advantage over Tennessee in a tie situation.
Tennessee winning or losing their remaining divisional games will undoubtedly make-or-break their 2019 season.
The Titans still have two meetings left with the Texans and one with the Colts, so there will be opportunities for the Titans to take care of business in the weeks to come. However, the first order of business is getting revenge on the Jags.
1. Patriots (9-1)
2. Ravens (8-2)
3. Colts (6-4)
4. Chiefs (6-4)
5. Bills (7-3)
6. Texans (6-4)
7. Raiders (6-4)
8. Steelers (5-5)
9. Titans (5-5)
Of course, the top four teams here are all the division leaders, with the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds being Wild Card teams.
Last week, the Titans were looking up at a different divisional foe in the Colts for a Wild Card spot, but now it’s the Texans. Even before getting to that spot, the Titans have some work to do, as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders are also ahead of them.
As we mentioned already, Tennessee still has two games in the last three weeks of the season against Houston remaining, and also have a Week 14 showdown with the Raiders on their schedule.
Tennessee is going to need some help here, but it’s important to note that the Raiders have the New York Jets next week, while the Steelers will meet the Cincinnati Bengals. Even with a win, Tennessee will likely have to sit in the No. 9 spot at best for another week.
While there isn’t much opportunity to move up in the division or playoff picture in Week 12, the Titans can start the process of putting themselves in a position to do so with a win over the Jags in Nashville.