2013 NFL Playoffs: Tennessee Titans in Prime Position to Steal AFC Wild Card

By Taylor Sturm
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The Tennessee Titans lost some steam after losing two games in a row to AFC South opponents in the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts. After these losses, many believed that the Titans don’t stand a chance at going to the 2013 NFL playoffs. However, after defeating the Oakland Raiders 23-19, the Titans are back on track to go to the playoffs.

With either the Kansas City Chiefs or the Denver Broncos having a lock on one of the AFC Wild Card spots, there is a power struggle in an effort to clinch the last spot. Six teams are 5-6 and tied for the final Wild Card spot; these teams are the New York Jets, the San Diego Chargers, the Baltimore Ravens, the Miami Dolphins, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Titans.

Tennessee has wins over San Diego, Pittsburgh and New York, meaning that in the event of a tie-breaker being needed, they have the advantage.

On top of having a definite chance at sneaking into the NFL Playoffs by way of the AFC Wild Card, the Titans are still not out of the hunt for the AFC South title. It sounds crazy, but ever since Indianapolis beat the Seattle Seahawks, they have looked really bad and are dropping games at the same rate as Tennessee.

If it wasn’t for a second-half comeback by the Colts, a dreadful performance against Jacksonville and an overtime loss to the Texans, Tennessee would be leading the AFC South. If the Colts continue to lose against lesser teams and Tennessee can steal a win in Indianapolis, the AFC South is still theirs for the taking.

The Titans will have every opportunity to make it to the 2013 NFL Playoffs, but they cannot afford to take the foot off the gas. Tennessee still face the Broncos in Denver, an improving Jaguars team, the Colts again, an Arizona Cardinal team that just dominated the Colts and a Houston Texans team that always seems to find a way to beat the Titans.

Tennessee must stay focused in these final five games of the season, because their NFL Playoff dreams are far from over.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS or add him to your network on Google

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