Standings Watch: Titans Gain Ground

David Boclair

NASHVILLE – It was a perfect (Week) 10 for the Tennessee Titans in that they were the only AFC South team to win.

The Indianapolis Colts inexplicably lost to the Miami Dolphins while the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars each had a bye.

Now Tennessee has its open date and gets to sit back and see which of the other three teams can answer. One is guaranteed to lose on Sunday because Indianapolis and Jacksonville play each other. If the Jaguars happen to win that one, Tennessee, Indianapolis and Jacksonville will have identical records with six weeks to play.

“I felt like we got ourselves back into position,” coach Mike Vrabel said. “Now, the next step. We’ve been at this point before, and so it’s going to be critical that we do everything that we can to take that next step.”

At 5-5 following their 35-32 victory over Kansas City on Sunday, the Titans have climbed out of last place in the division. They’re third, by virtue of the fact that they have one more win than Jacksonville, and they trail first-place Houston by one in the win column with two head-to-head meetings still to come.

Hear Kevin Byard talk about the team’s current situation and what awaits in the above video.

A look at the AFC South standings through Week 10:

Team
Record
vs. Division
vs. Conference

Houston

6-3

2-1

5-1

Indianapolis

5-4

2-0

4-4

Tennessee

5-5

0-2

3-4

Jacksonville 

4-5

1-2

4-3

Sunday’s results

Tennessee 35, Kansas City 32

Miami 16, Indianapolis 12

Bye, Houston and Jacksonville

This week’s games

Bye, Tennessee

Houston (6-3) at Baltimore (7-2)

Jacksonville (4-5) at Indianapolis (5-4)

Tennessee is currently the only .500 team in the AFC. Eight of the other 15 have winning records and seven have lot more than they have won. That means it trails three teams in the race for the final wild card spot but will play two of them (Indianapolis, Oakland) in the final weeks of the regular season.

“We’ll use this bye week to get healthy, rest up and just try to build on what we’ve been doing here the last few weeks, and continue that the rest of the season,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “We’ve just got to keep grinding, keep putting the work in and getting ourselves ready to play every Sunday.”

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