Every Sunday I become an opportunistic fan of any team that can help the Tennessee Titans come closer to a playoff bid. If the Redskins beat the Jets, the Vikings beat the Broncos, and the Falcons beat the Texans, then the Titans come one step closer to a Wild Card spot.
But we all know the outcomes of those games were not as I had hoped they’d be. The Redskins were holding on until Aaron Maybin sacked Rex Grossman in the 4th
quarter causing a fumble. The Jets recover, and Shonn Greene all but cements the win with a 9-yard touchdown run.. A Texans' loss to the Falcons looked the most promising with a rookie quarterback under center. However, T. J. Yates stepped up and went 12 for 25 for 188 yards with one touchdown pass against no interceptions. The closest game was the Vikings and the Broncos which came down to a 23-yard field goal by Matt Prater as time expired. Tim Tebow gets it done again.
Thankfully the Titans helped themselves with a 23-17 win over the Buffalo Bills. Chris Johnson returned to impressive form with 23 carries for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Rob Bironas was solid as always, nailing three field goals including a 48-yard kick into the wind in the first quarter. The defense also made an impressive contribution with rookie linebacker Colin McCarthy forcing and recovering two fumbles, which led to 10 points.
In the end though, I was too busy looking for the complicated route and overlooked perhaps the most obvious beneficial outcome for the Titans: the Dolphins beating the Raiders.
With that result the Texans are still two games ahead of the Titans, the Jets have the same 7-5 record as the Titans, but wait… the Broncos jump the Raiders for the lead in the AFC West… While the Titans did not have the tie-breaker over the Broncos, they do over the Raiders, which put them one seed closer to the Wild Card spot. So thank you Dolphins for getting the Titans one step closer (for now, the Saints are going to be tough next week).