By Eric Schmidt

The Tennessee Titans have been written off by many this season after winning only twice in their last six games before taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. However, given the circumstances which unfolded on Sunday, the Tennessee Titans have to be considered right in the mix for the AFC South division title.

The Houston Texans already were going to have to go the remainder of the season without starter Matt Schaub who suffered a lis franc injury in their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Matt Leinart started in his place, and while playing a solid first half, is now likely lost for the remainder of the season with a broken collar bone. Yes, Houston has a solid defense and a strong running game with Arian Foster and Ben Tate, but can rookie QB T.J. Yates continue to lead the Texans to wins the rest of the season?

With a win against the Buffalo Bills this week, the Titans might be able to gain a game on the Texans with Houston having to play against the Atlanta Falcons with Yates under center.

Tennessee has a favorable schedule going forward with Indianapolis and Jacksonville on the schedule. In Week 14, the Titans host the New Orleans Saints, a team which plays much differently than they do inside the dome. Tennessee faces the Houston Texans in Houston on the final week of the regular season, in a game which might have huge playoff implications.

Is it possible that RB Chris Johnson has silenced his critics? After struggling to start the season, Johnson now has two 100+yard games in the past three weeks, albeit those games were against the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two very poor defenses.

Tennessee has managed to keep themselves in the playoff hunt despite being amazingly inconsistent, alternating wins and losses in the past six weeks. Tennessee has defeated Tampa Bay, Carolina and Indianapolis while losing to Atlanta, Cincinnati and Houston.

Unless Chris Johnson can start producing like he is capable of doing, a Tennessee playoff berth is unrealistic. However, you can expect the Texans like likely stumble once or twice down the stretch with Yates under center. Now it remains to be seen if the Titans could capitalize.






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