Titans prepare for postseason play

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Now that the Titans have finished the regular season with a franchise-best 13-3 record, we can now look forward to the playoffs. As the number one seed in the AFC, Tennessee will host the lowest remaining seed after the wildcard round. If Baltimore beats Miami, the Titans will host the Ravens on Saturday, January 10. If Miami beats Baltimore, the Titans get the winner of the San Diego-Indianapolis game.
 
No matter which of those three teams the Titans will play, it will be a quality opponent which is on a roll. Baltimore has a terrific defense, which kept the Titans out of the end zone for 58 minutes in October. The Ravens have won five of their last six games, losing only a close one to number two seed Pittsburgh.

The Colts have won nine games in a row and are the hottest team in the league. Peyton Manning is making a strong push for MVP honors.
 
San Diego has won four in a row with Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson lighting up the scoreboard.
 
Let’s remember that a wildcard team has won two of the last three Super Bowls. There are no weak sisters left on the schedule.
 
Which team do you think the Titans match up best against? Which team would you prefer for the Titans to play next?
 
Other news and notes:
 
Now that the regular season is over, the Titans are free to begin negotiating with Albert Haynesworth. It will take a big check with a lot of zeros on the end.
 
With the best regular season record in the league, the Titans will get either the 31st or 32nd pick in the 2009 draft. Let’s hope it will be the 32nd.
 
Eric Mangini, Rod Marinelli and Romeo Crennel have all received pink slips and there may be a few more coaching gigs available soon. Expect Jim Schwartz to get an interview or two.
 
More on all of these topics in the weeks ahead.
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5 Responses to “Titans prepare for postseason play”

  1. Tom Gower Says:

    Nit: the SB loser picks 31st. Remember, back in 2000, the Titans took Keith Bulluck with the 30th overall pick, 1 slot after the Jags took R. Jay Soward. Yup, the Jags took R. Jay Soward the pick before the Titans took Bulluck. I just can’t keep myself from repeating that and wanting to laugh.

  2. Andrew Strickert Says:

    Right you are, Tom. Thanks for the correction. I was somehow thinking that the SB winner was 32nd and everybody else was slotted in inverse order of their regular season record – I forgot about the SB loser picking 31st.

  3. wheels Says:

    I think the Ravens are the best match up for the Titans. They are not an explosive offense and would rather face Flacco than Manning or Rivers. Although they played us tough earlier in the year, the Titans did not play well that day and still came up with a road victory. My second choice would be the Colts. Their running game is weak and Peyton and Co. on grass on a cold January day is not the same offense. I do not want to play SD, they scare me…although there is no team I would rather beat than SD and Rivers, would love to knock Rivers out and get revenge for last year. Can’t wait until January 10!

  4. cld12pk2go Says:

    R. Jay Soward?
    Who the hell is that? Oh, wiki says he was an alcoholic that last played in the CFL.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._Jay_Soward
    LOL @ the Jags.
    Sometimes it is amazing how the draft plays out…

  5. Dave Says:

    As much as I don’t like the Jags, they could easily look at our past few drafts a get a pretty goof chuckle too. Pacman, P. Williams, C. Henry, ( Vince?)…..you know, all the picks that make us want to cry.

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