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NFL playoff picture: What does Titans-Texans mean for AFC standings

The Titans face the Texans in Houston on Sunday. We break down what the game means for the NFL playoff picture.

A general view of the stadium during the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Chicago Bears at Nissan Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Saturday update: The Titans lost to the Texans, and have now dropped five in a row. They’ve got the same record as the Jaguars and are now in real danger of missing the playoffs entirely. Jacksonville won the opening meeting between the two teams and plays Tennessee in the final week of the season. If the Jaguars beat the Texans in Week 17 and the Titans lose to the Cowboys, there’s a chance Jacksonville might not have to win that game Right now, the Jaguars are in the more favorable position to win the AFC South over the Titans, who will likely be without starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill for the remainder of the year.


The Tennessee Titans host the Houston Texans on Christmas Eve and it’s going to be a lot more difficult than they might have anticipated. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. ET and Malik Willis will start in place of an injured Ryan Tannehill. With the Titans playoff hopes starting to get in trouble, the pressure is on. Tennessee is a field goal favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Titans playoff picture

Tennessee is 7-7 and has a half game lead on the Jaguars. Jacksonville won the first game between these two, so if the Titans lose to Houston, they’d drop into second and out of the playoff picture for the time-being. The Titans travel to face the Jaguars in Week 18 and the division title is likely going to come down to that game.

If the Titans win, they would leave Week 16 with a one-game lead and two games to go. That would put them in position to clinch the division in Week 17.

Tiebreaker implications

This would impact the division tiebreaker if the Titans and Jaguars end up splitting the season finale.