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Can Titans still make the playoffs after losing in Week 17?

We go over the Titans’ chances to make the postseason going into their Week 17 game against the Cowboys.

NFC: Chargers vs Titans

Results update: The Titans lost to the Cowboys like most figured they would, but they put up more of a fight than most thought, as Josh Dobbs gave the team a little spark in their 27-13 loss. Tennessee rested a bunch of their starters because they knew their best chance of getting to the playoffs is to beat the Jaguars in Week 18 and win the AFC South. They learned a bit about Dobbs and could start him next week along with a well rested core of defenders and of course Derrick Henry.


The Tennessee Titans are spiraling as the regular season comes to a close, and their playoff chances have gotten worse and worse by the week. Things don’t get easier in Week 17 when the Titans host the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. ET and Tennessee is a ten-point underdog at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Titans playoff chances

Record: 7-8
Odds to make playoffs: Yes +175, No -225; AFC South +175
Remaining opponents: Week 17 vs. Cowboys, Week 18 @ Jaguars

The Titans are in a bit of an odd situation. The winner of the Week 18 game against the Jaguars wins the AFC South and claims the No. 4 seed. The loser likely ends up eliminated from playoff contention. However, the loser heads into Week 17 with an outside shot at winning a wild card berth. They’ll need help from the other three teams sitting at 7-8, but the chance remains.

Of course, for the Titans to keep that hope alive, they’ll need to first beat the Cowboys. Dallas still has a shot at the NFC East title following Jalen Hurts’ shoulder injury. They’re still long-shots to get it done, but it seems unlikely they rest players until they’re locked into the wild card position.

Current playoff standings

AFC South

1. Jaguars, 7-8
2. Titans, 7-8
3. Colts, 4-9-1
4. Texans, 2-12-1

Wild card

6. Chargers, 9-6
7. Dolphins, 8-7

8. Patriots, 7-8
9. Titans, 7-8
10. Jets, 7-8
11. Steelers, 7-8
12. Raiders, 6-9