Ranking the 4 possible opponents the Tennessee Titans could play in the divisional round

Ryan Tannehill #17, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Ryan Tannehill #17, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /
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Bill Belichick
Bill Belichick (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

Possible Tennessee Titans Playoff Opponent No. 3: New England Patriots

Key players: 

  • Mac Jones: 3,801 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, 67.6 completion percentage
  • Jakobi Meyers: 866 receiving yards, 83 catches, 2 touchdowns
  • Damien Harris: 929 rushing yards, 15 rushing touchdowns

A few wacky things have to happen in order for the Titans to nab a matchup against the New England Patriots. But in actuality, it isn’t completely out of the realm of possibility that it can happen.

In order for the Patriots to solidify a date against the Titans, they’ll have to take care of business against the Buffalo Bills. That’s the hard part. The next step will be for the Kansas City Chiefs to show the Pittsburgh Steelers the door, a likely scenario.

Week 12 gave us a small glimpse of what a showdown between the Patriots could look like. But in the grand scheme of things, their late-season matchup was pretty inconsequential. The Patriots and Titans fought on pretty even terms, finishing the first half against the Patriots by holding onto a small three-point lead. In the second half, it was all Patriots. They scored 20 unanswered points and won the game by more than three scores.

Even without Derrick Henry in the lineup, the Titans still rushed for 270 yards. Tannehill, on the other hand, was pretty pathetic. He finished the game with 93 passing yards on 21 attempts.

If the Titans line up against the Patriots again, they’ll need to be a bit more audacious in the passing game. Especially since the Patriots have been extremely conservative during the second half of the season with rookie QB Mac Jones.