The Tennessee Titans started out 5-2 and one of the hottest teams in a crowded league. Then out of nowhere everything fell apart. Their star receiver gets injured along with the franchise quarterback. The once explosive offensive is now just a group of football players that struggle every week to score an offensive touchdown.
Last year Chris Johnson rushed for more than 2,000 yards, but this year he isn't even on pace for 1,500. This is due to some shared time with Javon Ringer, a lack of carries as a whole in some cases and a new offensive line. Yet, the Titans started the season rock solid.
The Titans defense came out of the gate as a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks, leading the league in sacks and forcing many turnovers, but not so much as of late.
The Titans have been sledding down a mountain that could ultimately be the end of their season in just a couple of weeks. The mountain had a summit of 5-2 and they have managed to make it to 5-8 so far without being completely knocked out of the playoff race.
Tennessee needs to start climbing back towards the top of the mountain and make it to 8-8 by the end of the season and hope that the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars are both sitting at base camp 8-8 with them. If anything else happens the Titans won't make the playoffs.
For the Jaguars to end up with a record of 8-8 they must lose all three of their remaining games.
Will the Titans make the playoffs?
For the Colts to end up at 8-8 they must lose two of their three remaining games, and the only way the Jags and Colts can end 8-8 is if the Colts beat the Jaguars this weekend and they both lose their last two games.
Odds of this happening are slim as Indianapolis or Jacksonville both should win at least one game by the end of the year, but then again what were the chances of the 8-4 Denver Broncos losing their last four games in 2008 while the 4-8 San Diego Chargers won their last four? All I am saying is anything is possible, but how possible is it?
Jacksonville finishes their season with games at Indianapolis, against Washington and at Houston. They have played very well this year, but they have been lucky in a few games—most notably Houston, when Glover Quin batted a hail mary into the hands of Mike Thomas. So, the only game I would actually pick Jacksonville to win would be the game at home against Washington, and they could still lose that one.
Indianapolis finishes their season with games against Jacksonville, at Oakland and against Tennessee. The Colts had a game stolen from them earlier this year by Jacksonville and will be out for revenge tomorrow. Then they play a Raiders team that has shown the ability to score in large quantities and be a threat against any team on any day. If they beat Jacksonville and lose to Oakland I would have to pick the Titans to at least take them to the wire in the final game of the season.
The worst part of this whole scenario is Tennessee has some tough games to finish the season. They play against Houston before traveling to Kansas City and Indianapolis. Tennessee will be ready to take on Houston this week, but the chances of them beating the Chiefs at Arrowhead are slim if they don't fix their problems. Then playing at Indy is a game the Titans could easily pull out, but at the same time they could easily get blown out.
So, the Titans chances of winning the AFC South and making the playoffs is about 10 percent.
Everything would have to be too perfect for it to happen, and sadly I just don't think it will happen the way the Titans have played during this six-game losing streak.
What do you think the Titans chances of making the playoffs are?