The Tennessee Titans, thanks to their win over the Houston Texans on Sunday, will get to enjoy the first round of the playoffs from home this weekend.
Tennessee is the No. 1 seed, which means they’re the only team in the AFC to get a bye in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
The Titans will play the lowest remaining seed in the AFC in the divisional round of the playoffs on either January 22 or January 23.
104.5 The Zone’s Mickey Ryan and Blaine Bishop broke down the possible playoff scenarios for the Titans on Monday. And they feel like the Cincinnati Bengals or the New England Patriots are the most likely opponents for Tennessee in the divisional round.
The Titans can’t play the Kansas City Chiefs or the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round (Tennessee, by the way, went 2-0 against the Chiefs and Bills in 2021). If the highest seeds win each game, the Titans will play the Bengals.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the lowest seed in the AFC. If they upset the Chiefs, then they’ll be locked in as the Titans’ first opponent.
I think the Titans should want to play the Raiders or the Steelers in the first round. Those feel like the two weakest teams that reached the playoffs (even though the Raiders are the five seed and the Patriots are the six seed). The Bengals are hot right now — their offense could be a problem. And the Patriots are…..well, the Patriots. You can never count out a Bill Belichick-led team in the playoffs (plus they dismantled the Titans earlier this season, winning 36-13 at Gillette Stadium).
Regardless of who the opponent ends up being, we at least know the game will be in Nashville. The Titans have home-field advantage through the AFC Championship game.
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