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Titans: Contender Or Pretender?

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Ryan Fitzpatrick and Chris Johnson are the offensive leaders heading into the home stretch of the season. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.
Ryan Fitzpatrick and Chris Johnson are the offensive leaders heading into the home stretch of the season. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.

The Titans survived a nail biter in the Black Hole and emerged as the six seed in the AFC after the win. It was a perfect storm of events that started with the Dolphins and Jets losing to the Panthers and Ravens, respectively.  It was around the 5 P.M. mark when Marv Albert made the announcement that the winner of the game would be the six seed, at least for this week.

I literally laughed out loud.

The Titans, for all their shortcomings, are the team to beat in the AFC, for the moment. This team is benefiting from the early season success that it had found against current contenders such as the Steelers, Chargers and Jets. These teams, amongst others, are the teams that find themselves at 5-6 with five games to play. 

I am not going to stand here and tell you that the Titans should consider themselves the favorite to win the six seed, but they do control their own destiny. Looking at the schedule, I would say the team needs to go 4-1 or 3-2 with some help to have a chance.  A win against the struggling Colts would go a long way to proving this team is capable of big time success. 

Beating the Broncos is not going to happen in our wildest dreams. Now Arizona is a tough one due to the fact that both teams can be inconsistent at times and this game could very well be an elimination game for both teams. Lets just call it a win for arguments sake. 

The final two games are as soft as they get, but of course with the Titan divisional woes I can’t guarantee two wins in the form of the Texans and Jaguars.

Knowing these Titans, I have to say 3-2 or even 2-3 is the most likely scenario for this team.  They looked great on offense this past weekend and showed some flashes that they can be resilient and contend. With it being playoffs or bust for Munchak and company, the team needs to rally off this recent win and carry the momentum into Indianapolis. A win against the Colts would be huge.  Then and only then would I truly believe this team has any chance of playoffs, but for now it’s nice to be “in”.