Have the Tennessee Titans pushed themselves out of the playoffs?

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel reacts during the fourth quarter at Nissan Stadium Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn.Aab7808
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel reacts during the fourth quarter at Nissan Stadium Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn.Aab7808 /

The Tennessee Titans could be fighting for their postseason lives over the next few weeks as their season could come crashing down.

Just a few weeks ago, it looked like the Tennessee Titans were on their way to another AFC South championship and another opportunity to go to the AFC Championship, and maybe even the Super Bowl.

Since that point, the Titans have fallen apart and have struggled to find a win over the past month. It’s not going to get much easier for the Titans, either. Next week, the Titans play the Baltimore Ravens, and after that, they have another date with the Colts, who now hold the top spot in the AFC South.

The Titans are sitting at 6-3, which isn’t a terrible place to be. They’re tied with the Colts at the top of the division, with the Colts holding the tiebreaker. If the Titans can go at least 1-1 over the next two weeks, then they’ll have a chance to get back on the winning side to finish the season.

The Titans have the Browns, Jaguars, Lions, Packers, and Texans remaining on the schedule. The only game that should be close is the Packers game, and maybe the Browns depending if Baker Mayfield and the offense decide to show up that week.

Assuming the Titans go 1-1 over the next two weeks and win out with the exception of the Packers, that would put the Titans at 11-5 at the end of the season. Not much wiggle room for the Titans, but the AFC is stacked this season, so a 9-7 Titans likely won’t win a bid to the postseason.

Luckily for the Titans, the Colts don’t have it much easier to finish the season. The Colts have Green Bay next week with games against the Texans, Raiders, Texans again, Steelers, and Jaguars to finish the season.

There’s a possibility the Colts can lose three games in that post-Titans game stretch. The Las Vegas Raiders have been inconsistent this season, but the Raiders have shown some great potential, so I can’t rule that game as an easy win for the Colts yet.

The Texans will put up a fight against the Colts and could sneak away with a win in their two games, and the undefeated Steelers are the biggest threat to any other AFC team right now.

If the Titans can win its game against the Colts, they’ll have a slight advantage over the Colts, but if the Titans lose, they’ll almost certainly need to win out or hope that the Colts collapse to win the division.

The Titans don’t have to win the division to make the playoffs, but with the number of teams that are sitting at 6-3 with the Titans or better, it might be their best bet. The Titans currently sit as the No. 9 team in the AFC South, but they’re tied with four teams ahead of them, so things could be completely different in two weeks for the Titans for better or worse.

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Although it’s too early to consider the Titans in or out of the playoffs, every game could be the win or loss that decides their playoff hopes with the number of teams that are trying to get into that Wild Card game.