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Here's How the Titans Can Clinch the AFC's No. 1 Seed in Week 18

Devon Platana
Here's a look at how the Tennessee Titans can clinch the AFC's No. 1 seed in Week 18 of the 2021 NFL season.
Here's a look at how the Tennessee Titans can clinch the AFC's No. 1 seed in Week 18 of the 2021 NFL season. / Dylan Buell/GettyImages
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The Tennessee Titans won their second AFC South title in as many years when they destroyed the Miami Dolphins, 34-3, in Week 17. The accomplishment is especially impressive considering how Tennessee has dealt with some serious injuries to key players this season.

With an 11-5 record heading into Week 18, here's a look at how the Titans can clinch the AFC's No. 1 seed heading into the NFL playoffs.

Titans Playoff Scenarios

While the Titans have four scenarios that would lead to No. 1 status in the AFC, there's one that's simpler than the others. All Tennessee needs to do is beat the Houston Texans in Week 18.

If that doesn't happen, there are other options. The Titans can also clinch the AFC's top spot if they tie with the Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs either tie or lose to the Denver Broncos.

The Titans' result this week doesn't affect the remaining two scenarios. Instead, both require the Chiefs to lose and the Cincinnati Bengals to either lose or tie. For the third, the New England Patriots need to lose or tie in addition to the above. For the fourth, the Buffalo Bills need to win instead of a Patriots loss or tie.

On paper, it seems like the Titans should steamroll over the lowly Texans. However, Houston did upset Tennessee back in Week 11, so it'll be interesting to see if the AFC South champions can get their revenge.

The Titans currently have +1200 odds to win Super Bowl 56, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.


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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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