Tennessee Titans the Best in the AFC? Better Believe It Now

The Tennessee Titans turned some heads after their unreal playoff run following the 2019 NFL season. They beat the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens to make the AFC Championship game, but that was just fool's gold, right?


The Titans are now the only remaining undefeated team in the American Football Conference after their 42-16 win Tuesday night over the Buffalo Bills, who were the only other unbeaten team in the AFC prior to Tuesday.

The Tennessee Titans advanced to 4-0 after their win over the Bills (4-1), who looked to be in the forefront to become the next team to dethrone the Patriots, Ravens or defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs, who lost at home Sunday to the Las Vegas Raiders.

If the NFL playoffs were to begin right now, the Titans would be the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

The Titans played with a huge chip on their shoulders at the end of the 2019 regular season, winning their way into the playoffs and knocking off some heavyweights. Still, they weren't given much of a chance heading into the 2020 season.

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Teammates react after a run by Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans in the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Nissan Stadium on October 13, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

First of all, there were the the Houston Texans, who won the AFC South last season. The Texans started the 2020 season with an 0-4 record and fired their coach.

Then there were the Indianapolis Colts, who tanked the season opener at Jacksonville and pieced together two wins against sub-par teams (Minnesota and NY Jets) before pulling out a rather cantankerous 19-11 win over Chicago. On Sunday, the Colts, who had one of the better-rated defenses, lost by a 32-23 score at the Cleveland Browns.

This makes the Titans a clear frontrunner in the AFC South, despite what COVID has done to their schedule.

Here are the next five games for the Tennessee Titans:

Oct.18 vs Houston Texans
Oct.25 vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Nov. 1 at Cincinnati Bengals
Nov. 8 vs Chicago Bears
Nov. 15 vs Indianapolis Colts

The Titans are 4-0, and they have four of their next five games at home. The only road game? At the Cincinnati Bengals, who are still wading their way through a season with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow.

It's not out of the realm of possibility for the Titans to be 9-0 before they hit a rough patch in their schedule, where they'll have tough road games at the Ravens, at the Green Bay Packers and at the Colts.

The Titans might have the right chemistry of quarterback (Ryan Tannehill), running back (Derrick Henry), wide receivers and defense to make a title run. They might seem like an unlikely team to make a run in 2020, but they have the pieces to make it happen.

But is anything ordinary in 2020?

The Titans have already had one game postponed for COVID-19, and they played on a rare Tuesday after that because of the virus. They won, and now they move forward.

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