Head coach Mike Vrabel said it best: the Tennessee Titans are already in the elite eight.

“We understand we’re in the elite eight,” Vrabel said following the Titans’ Week 18 win over Houston. “We’ve moved onto the second round of the playoffs without playing a playoff game.”

Tennessee’s 28-25 victory over the Texans locked up the AFC’s No. 1 seed, giving them home-field advantage throughout the postseason and a first-round bye.

As a result, the Titans have as easy and simple of a path to the Super Bowl as any other team in the NFL

The Titans are just one win away from hosting the AFC Championship at Nissan Stadium, two wins from a trip to the Super Bowl and three wins from hoisting the Lombardi trophy.

Only one other team in the NFL, the Packers, has the same luxuries.

Tennessee also proved during the regular season that it can beat any team regardless of talent.

Want proof? Look no further than the Titans’ dismantling of the Rams on Sunday Night Football, or their blowout win of the media-darling Kansas City Chiefs.

The Titans certainly aren’t a terribly exciting team to watch. Their offense isn’t all that explosive, and the defense mainly wins with tough play in the trenches.

They are, however, proven and consistent winners.

Tennessee will, of course, actually have to go out and win their games to make it to the Super Bowl.

But with a week off and the more-than-strong possibility of RB Derrick Henry returning in the divisional round, the Titans have as good of a shot at making it to the NFL’s grand finale as anyone.

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