Updated look at Titans’ chances to win AFC South, No. 1 seed after Week 15

A look at the Titans’ updated chances to win the division and No. 1 seed after their Week 15 loss to the Steelers.

The Tennessee Titans (9-5) squandered an opportunity to re-take the No. 1 seed in the AFC thanks to their 19-13 Week 15 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday.

The Titans now sit in the No. 3 seed in the conference behind the New England Patriots (9-5, No. 2) and Kansas City Chiefs (10-4, No. 1).

Tennessee owns the head-to-head tie-breaker over the Chiefs, which means they can jump Kansas City if they finish with the same record.

However, the Pats own the head-to-head tie-breaker over the Titans, so Tennessee will have to finish one game better to surpass New England in the playoff picture.

The Chiefs draw the a home matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 16, while the Patriots will face the the Buffalo Bills in Foxborough.

Thanks to the Pats’ Week 15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts (8-6), Indy is now one game closer to Tennessee in the AFC South but must finish with a better record thanks to the Titans owning the head-to-head tie-breaker.

The Titans can clinch their division in Week 16 with a win over the San Francisco 49ers and an Indianapolis loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

According to the New York Times, the Titans still have a 97-percent chance to make the playoffs, a 90-percent chance to win the division, and a 13-percent chance to take home a first-round bye via the No. 1 seed.

The Chiefs now have the best chance in the AFC to win the No. 1 seed at 59 percent, followed by the Patriots at 25 percent.

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AFC South standings: How Titans can clinch division in Week 15

The Titans have a chance to clinch the AFC South in Week 15.

After notching a 20-0 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14 at Nissan Stadium, the Tennessee Titans (9-4) are in position to clinch the AFC South as soon as Week 15.

Tennessee now owns a two-game plus tie-breaker lead over the Indianapolis Colts in the division with four games left after the Colts were on a bye in Week 14, dropping the Titans’ magic number to two.

That means the Titans can wrap up the division this coming Sunday with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, and a Colts loss to the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium.

  1. Tennessee Titans (9-4)
  2. Indianapolis Colts (7-6)
  3. Houston Texans (2-11)
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11)

The only downside to that scenario is that the Patriots would remain in the No. 1 seed over the Titans for another week. Tennessee and New England share the same record, but the Titans are officially No. 2 in the conference because the Pats own the head-to-head tie-breaker.

Should Tennessee win the AFC South once again this year, it would be their first back-to-back division titles in the Titans era, and the first time the franchise has accomplished such a feat since they won three division crowns in a row as the Houston Oilers from 1960-62 in the AFL.

Tennessee and Pittsburgh will meet on Sunday, with kickoff set for noon CT, while the Colts and Pats will square-off on Saturday night, with kickoff set for 7:15 p.m. CT.

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AFC South standings: Titans maintain lead despite loss to Pats

The Titans still have a comfortable lead in the AFC South despite a Week 12 loss.

The Tennessee Titans were knocked from their perch atop the AFC after a Week 12 loss to the New England Patriots, but they maintained their comfortable lead in the division over the Indianapolis Colts.

That’s because the Colts also lost on Sunday. Indy staked itself to a 24-14 lead going into the half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, only to blow it and end up losing, 38-31.

With the loss, the Titans keep their two-game-plus-tie-breaker lead over the Colts with five games left to play. Here’s a look at the full standings in the AFC South.

1. Tennessee Titans (8-4)

2. Indianapolis Colts (6-6)

3. Houston Texans (2-9)

4. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9)

According to FiveThirtyEight, the Titans still have a 98 percent chance to make the playoffs, and a 96 percent chance to win the division. Of course, their chances to take the No. 1 seed have taken a hit, falling to 21 percent.

Tennessee currently sits in the No. 3 seed in the conference, with the Patriots at No. 2 and the Baltimore Ravens at No. 1.

In Week 13, the Titans will be on a bye, while the Colts draw a matchup against the Houston Texans before their bye in Week 14. The Pats will travel to take on the Buffalo Bills, and the Ravens will face the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Where Titans stand in AFC South, playoff picture after Week 10

With the Titans’ win and the Cardinals’ loss, Tennessee is now tied for the best record in the NFL.

The Tennessee Titans were atop the AFC South and conference going into Week 10, and while that is still the case after the 23-21 win over the New Orleans Saints, the Titans also claimed a stake of the best record in the NFL.

Tennessee improved to 8-2 on Sunday, and thanks to the Carolina Panthers smoking the Arizona Cardinals, the Titans are tied for the top mark in the league with the aforementioned Cardinals, and the Green Bay Packers.

As far as the conference is concerned, the Titans opened up their lead there, now owning a two-game advantage over the Baltimore Ravens, who came into this week as the No. 2 seed but dropped their Thursday night game.

Also tied with the Ravens behind the Titans is the Buffalo Bills. The Bills  currently own the No. 2 seed over the Ravens thanks to tie-breaker, which means Tennessee really has a three-game lead because they own the tie-breaker, which is head-to-head record, over the Bills.

According to FiveThirtyEight, the Titans have a 76-percent chance to earn the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs, which is a better mark than any team in the NFL by a whopping 36 percent (Packers at 40 percent).

Last but certainly not least, the Titans maintained their three-game plus tie-breaker lead over the Indianapolis Colts, who narrowly squeezed one out against the Jacksonville Jaguars, 23-17.

  1. Tennessee Titans (8-2)
  2. Indianapolis Colts (5-5)
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8)
  4. Houston Texans (1-8)

To get a better understanding of just how in control of the AFC South the Titans are, Tennessee could go 3-4 in their last seven games and Indianapolis would have to go undefeated in order to catch them and take the division (H/T Mike Herndon on Twitter).

Looking ahead, the Titans have a peachy matchup against the 1-8 Houston Texans at home in Week 11. The Colts will be in a tough spot against the Bills on the road, while the Ravens travel to take on the Chicago Bears.

No matter what happens with the Titans next week, they’ll remain atop the AFC South and conference. If they win, they could open up their lead further depending on what happens with the Colts, Ravens and Bills.

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AFC South standings: Titans maintain commanding lead over Colts

The Colts weren’t able to gain any ground on the Titans after Week 9.

After a dominant, upset victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 9, the Tennessee Titans maintain their commanding lead over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South standings.

At 7-2, the Titans are still three games plus a tie-breaker ahead of the Colts, who notched an impressive 45-30 win over the New York Jets, a team that defeated the Titans earlier this season.

Here’s a look at the standings after the results of this past week, which included an upset win by the Jacksonville Jaguars over the Buffalo Bills that helped the Titans in the conference standings:

  1. Tennessee Titans (7-2)
  2. Indianapolis Colts (4-5)
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6)
  4. Houston Texans (1-8)

Tennessee owns a half-game lead over the Baltimore Ravens for the No. 1 seed in the AFC. The Ravens sit at 6-2, while three others teams, the Los Angeles Chargers, Bills and Las Vegas Raiders, are all 5-3.

After successfully navigating its toughest stretch of the season with a 4-0 mark, Tennessee will return home to host the New Orleans Saints, a team that is 5-3 but lost its starting quarterback for the season and is coming off a loss.

The Colts and Jaguars are set to do battle at Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 10, while the Houston Texans will get a much-needed week off after dropping their seventh-straight game.

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AFC South standings: Titans take commanding lead over Colts

It would take a monumental collapse for the Titans to not win the AFC South in 2021.

The Tennessee Titans are in business in the AFC South standings and have a commanding lead after defeating their division rival, the Indianapolis, for a second time this season in Week 8.

Tennessee put itself in a 14-0 hole early on, but the Titans were ultimately able to overcome that, penalties, and turnovers to notch a 34-31 overtime victory over the Colts.

And, with the win, the Titans now have a three-game lead over the Colts for first place, and have the head-to-head tie-breaker, which means Indy must finish one game better than Tennessee to win the AFC South.

Bottom line: it would take an epic collapse on the Titans’ part to cough this up. Here’s a look at where things stand after Week 8:

1. Tennessee Titans (6-2)

2. Indianapolis Colts (3-5)

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6)

4. Houston Texans (1-7)

Not only are the Titans sitting pretty in the AFC South, they also have the top spot in the conference altogether thanks to a little help from the New York Jets, who defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 34-31.

In Week 9, Tennessee will travel to Los Angeles to take on the 7-1 Rams on “Sunday Night Football.” The Colts will get the pesky Jets, while the Jaguars will face the Buffalo Bills and the Texans get the Miami Dolphins.

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Titans’ remain atop AFC South, climb to top of conference after Week 7

The Titans are tied atop the AFC after their Week 7 win over the Chiefs.

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Not only did the Tennessee Titans keep their lead over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South standings after their Week 7 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, but Tennessee also sits tied atop the conference.

The Titans maintained their two-game lead over the Colts, who were victorious over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, 30-18.

Here’s a look at the full AFC South standings after the Titans and Colts won, the Houston Texans lost, and the Jacksonville Jaguars were on a bye.

1. Tennessee Titans (5-2)

2. Indianapolis Colts (3-4)

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5)

4. Houston Texans (1-6)

And, don’t look now, but the Titans are tied for the best record in the AFC with the Baltimore Ravens, Las Vegas Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals.

Cincy crushed Baltimore on Sunday, 41-17, and the Raiders won, also, 33-22, over the Philadelphia Eagles. If the playoffs started today, the Titans would own the No. 3 seed and would host the Los Angeles Chargers.

Here’s a look at AFC playoff picture (seeds one through seven make the playoffs):

1. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)

2. Las Vegas Raiders (5-2)

3. Tennessee Titans (5-2)

4. Baltimore Ravens (5-2)

5. Buffalo Bills (4-2)

6. Los Angeles Chargers (4-2)

7. Cleveland Browns (4-3)

In the hunt:

Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3)

New England Patriots (3-4)

Indianapolis Colts (3-4)

Kansas City Chiefs (3-4)

Denver Broncos (3-4)

We fully expect the Chiefs to move up into one of these playoff spots at some point. The good news for Tennessee is that they now hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over both Kansas City and Buffalo.

There’s a long way to go, but the Titans are in a great spot to not only secure a home playoff game, but quite possibly home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Up next for the Titans will be the Colts in Indianapolis in Week 8. The Titans won the pair’s first meeting back in Week 3, 25-16. With another win, Tennessee can practically shut the door on the AFC South.

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AFC South standings: Titans maintain first-place lead over Colts

The Titans maintained their two-game lead over the Colts with a win on Monday night.

The Tennessee Titans were going to remain in first place no matter the results of Week 6, but with an upset victory over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night, they were able to maintain their two-game lead over the Indianapolis Colts.

The only AFC South team not to win in Week 6 was the Houston Texans, dropping their contest to the Colts, 31-3. The Jacksonville Jaguars finally snapped their historic 20-game losing streak with a win over the Miami Dolphins in London, 23-20.

Here’s a look at how the standings shake out after six weeks:

  1. Tennessee Titans (4-2)
  2. Indianapolis Colts (2-4)
  3. Houston Texans (1-5)
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5)

The Titans will continue their tough stretch of games with a home contest against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7. The Colts will travel to the west coast to take on the San Francisco 49ers.

Meanwhile, the Texans will travel to the desert to take on the only undefeated team in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals. The Jaguars won’t be able to lose next week because they’re on a bye.

No matter what happens with the Titans and Colts this coming Sunday, Tennessee will keep its hold on first place. It’s important to note that Tennessee has the advantage in the tie-breaker with a 2-0 divisional record.

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AFC South standings: Titans secure in first place through Week 6

The Titans’ spot atop the division is secure through next week.

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The Tennessee Titans notched their third victory of the 2021 season versus the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5, which was an important bounce-back win following a brutal Week 4 loss to the New York Jets.

The win was not only the first by the Titans against a rookie quarterback in the Mike Vrabel era, but it was also Jacksonville’s 20th straight loss, making the franchise the second in NFL history to reach that putrid mark.

With the win, the Titans remain in first place in the AFC South with a 3-2 mark. And, Tennessee put some more distance between themselves and Houston, as the Texans lost to the New England Patriots.

The Indianapolis Colts have yet to play their Week 5 contest, but the result doesn’t matter in terms the Titans remaining in first place. Indy will have its hands full with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.

1. Tennessee Titans (3-2)

2. Indianapolis Colts (1-3)

3. Houston Texans (1-4)

4. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)

For next week, the Titans will host the Buffalo Bills on “Monday Night Football” and will remain in first place no matter the result.

Even if the Colts beat the Ravens and then win versus the Texans in Week 6, the Titans owns the division record tie-breaker. As for the Jags, they’ll be in search of their first win of the season at home against the Miami Dolphins.

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AFC South standings: Titans still in 1st place, but lead over Colts shrinks

The biggest threat to the Titans’ AFC South crown, the Colts, inched closer after Week 4.

After losing to the New York Jets in Week 4, the Tennessee Titans remain in first place in the AFC South, but their lead over the Indianapolis Colts, the biggest threat to the Titans’ division crown, has shrunk a bit.

The Colts were the only AFC South team to win in Week 4, notching a 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins. The Houston Texans were blown out by the Buffalo Bills, 40-0, and the Jacksonville Jaguars lost a close one to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night, 24-21.

Here’s a look at how things shake out after the events of Sunday:

  1. Tennessee Titans (2-2)
  2. Houston Texans (1-3)
  3. Indianapolis Colts (1-3)
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4)

If the playoffs started today, the Titans would have the No. 4 seed, setting up a matchup with the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs for a third straight year.

Looking ahead to Week 5, the Titans will hit the road once again, this time to take on the Jaguars for what is their second divisional matchup of the 2021 season after playing and beat the Colts in Week 3.

Meanwhile, the Colts will travel to take on the Ravens on Monday night, and the Texans will play host to the New England Patriots.

After Week 5, the Titans’ schedule gets very tough, with matchups against the Bills (home), Kansas City Chiefs (home), Colts (road), Los Angeles Rams (road), and New Orleans Saints (home) upcoming.

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