Tennessee Titans: Looking for an AFC Playoff Spot Following Bye Week

Brandon GriffinCorrespondent INovember 9, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 08:  Justin Gage #12 of the Tennessee Titans leaps to catch a ball against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 8, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans come into their bye week this year with a 5-3 record, considerably better than their 0-6 record at the bye last year.

After an 0-6 start heading into the bye week, Chris Johnson said the team would win its last 10 games and make the playoffs. The Titans almost made good on his prediction by winning five in a row and 8-of-10 to finish the season, just missing the playoffs.

This Titans have started 5-3 thanks to an explosive offense that scores more points than any Titans team in recent memory and a rock-solid red-zone defense that sacks the quarterback almost at will.

The offense is taking pressure off the defense, and at the same time the defense is helping the offense by creating turnovers and holding opponents to field goals.

This is all going on while the special teams is doing everything it could be asked to do. The Titans are simply playing winning football.

The biggest problem this year is the Titans are part of a stacked AFC. They have to compete with the Steelers, Patriots, Colts, Texans, Ravens and Jets for a playoff spot. That is assuming the Chiefs or Raiders can keep it up and get out in the West.

The easiest way for the Titans to get in would be to win their division, but with Peyton Manning heading a division rival that isn't the easiest thing to do.

Both the Titans and Colts are 5-3 with both meetings between the team coming later this year. Their second meeting comes in Week 17 and may very well be the most crucial game of the season for both teams.

As everyone knows, the Titans added deep threat Randy Moss to fill the spot left by an injured Kenny Britt, who has been having a great sophomore season.

Along with the addition of Moss, the Titans have had time to get healthy in some other areas. Most notably, quarterback Vince Young's knee and ankle should be fully healed by the time the Titans take the field in Miami. Justin Gage will also be back to help complement the talent of Randy Moss and Nate Washington.

With a healthy offense and a well-rested defense, the Titans are poised to make a run at a playoff spot in this crowded AFC race, and maybe even come out top dogs in Dallas, where someone needs to give the city a game worth watching.

The one thing that is certain is that there is too much football left for anyone to get comfortable.

How do you feel the Titans season will play out from here?