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Are the Titans a legitimate team to watch in the AFC playoff picture?

The Tennessee Titans are one of the most inconsistent teams in the entire NFL. While such a statement might not be strong enough considering how erratic the Titans have been in 2019, Tennessee remains right in the thick of the AFC playoff picture through the first 10 weeks of the regular season.

Despite finishing the last three seasons at 9-7, the Titans failed to win a division title and only have one postseason win to their credit over the course of that span. Aiding the previous notion of an inconsistent team, the Titans were once again off to a rocky start in 2019, a start that initially made reaching the postseason highly unlikely.

However, even with all of the short-comings that come with a back and forth identity and a major switch under center midway through the year, the Titans sit in pretty solid position to make a serious run at the postseason. Currently an even 5-5 on the season through 10 weeks with a bye week now on the immediate horizon, the Titans will head into a brief break in Week 11 fresh off of a victory over the high powered Kansas City Chiefs, a win that could ultimately serve as the massive momentum change needed to eventually play postseason football.

The question remains though — are the Titans a legitimate contender in the AFC? Although this remains a bit complicated as it stands today, it is fair to say that the answer is actually “yes” as Week 10 wraps up and Week 11 rolls in.

Entering Week 11, the Titans will only be a 0.5 game out of final wild card spot in the AFC — although won’t be able to help itself next week due to the aforementioned bye week. Not only are the Titans just shy of the final AFC wild card spot, but Tennessee is just 1.5 games out of first in AFC South behind 6-3 Houston Texans, who currently hold the No. 3 seed in the conference.

With the 8-1 New England Patriots, 7-2 Baltimore Ravens, 6-3 Houston Texans, 6-4 Kansas City Chiefs and 6-3 Buffalo Bills leading the way, respectively, in the AFC’s current playoff landscape, the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers sit at a nearly even 5-4 — just ahead of the Titans.

Luckily for Tennessee, though, the Titans play the Texans twice in addition to facing off against the Jaguars, Colts and Raiders before the end of the 2019 regular season. As a result, the Titans could possibly decide their own fate in the end. Unfortunately for Tennessee, however, the Titans also play the alwats dangerous New Orleans Saints in addition to already suffering costly losses at the hands of the Bills, Colts, Jaguars and Denver Broncos. The Titans do hold AFC wins over the Chiefs, Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Chargers, which could come in handy down the stretch.

Because of the team’s remaining opponents in addition to a potentially momentum changing win over the Chiefs from Week 10, the Titans are somehow a legitimate playoff contender in the AFC. It remains to be seen as to what this consistently inconsistent franchise ultimately does with such an opportunity, though.