Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went to Harvard and is pretty good at math.

Heck, he even scored 48 out of a possible 50 points on the Wonderlic test, completing it in just nine minutes.

Yet even Fitzpatrick might have trouble sorting out all the playoff possibilities in the AFC, where the Titans are tied with five other teams for the sixth and final playoff spot.

He knows the simple answer, however.

"You have to continue to win," Fitzpatrick said. "You have to stack together wins every week, and that's the only way we're going to get in."

If the season ended today, the Titans (5-6) would win the tiebreaker over the five other AFC teams with the same record: Steelers, Ravens, Chargers, Jets and Dolphins.

But the season still has five weeks remaining, which means anything can happen.

The Titans face the Colts (7-4) in Indianapolis on Sunday. If the Titans win they are just one game out of the lead in the AFC South.

Both teams face some difficult matchups down the stretch, however, with the Colts having to play the Bengals (7-4) and Chiefs (9-2), and the Titans going against the Broncos (9-2) and Cardinals (7-4).

"We know if we win five games, we're in the playoffs, and the worst case is the wild card," coach Mike Munchak said. "So that is what we are hanging our hat on. … But we are just looking at what we can control. We still have a lot of great teams we have to play."

Two seasons ago, the Titans finished one game short of making the playoffs after losing to a winless Colts team in Week 14. The Titans won their final two games to finish 9-7, but lost tiebreaker scenarios and were forced to watch the postseason.

They want to make sure they don't come up just short again.

"Had we been winning games and doing what we were supposed to do and finishing games, we'd be at the top of our division right now. But we're not," tackle Michael Roos said. "But we have a chance, and being that so many teams are at the same spot should re-energize everybody and keep everybody on point.

"We've been faced with this scenario in the past, where if you take care of your business, you may need help. And every single time we get the help, but don't do our job. We have to make sure we do our job and let everything else fall into place."

AFC six pack

The Titans (5-6) are in a six-way tie for the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC. They're two games behind the Colts (7-4) in the AFC South. If the season ended today, the Titans would win the tiebreaker for the final Wild Card spot. Of course, five weeks of the NFL season remain. Remaining schedules for the six teams:

TITANS (5-6)

at Indianapolis 7-4

at Denver 9-2

Arizona 7-4

at Jacksonville 2-9

Houston 2-9

Overall 27-28 (.491)


at Baltimore 5-6

Miami 5-6

Cincinnati 7-4

at Green Bay 5-5-1

Cleveland 4-7

Overall 26-28-1 (.482)

RAVENS (5-6)

Pittsburgh 5-6

Minnesota 2-8-1

at Detroit 6-5

New England 8-3

at Cincinnati 7-4

Overall 28-26-1 (.518)


Cincinnati 7-4

N.Y. Giants 4-7

at Denver 9-2

Oakland 4-7

Kansas City 9-2

Overall 33-22 (.600)

JETS (5-6)

Miami 5-6

Oakland 4-7

at Carolina 8-3

Cleveland 4-7

at Miami 5-6

Overall 26-29 (.473)


at N.Y. Jets 5-6

at Pittsburgh 5-6

New England 8-3

at Buffalo 4-7

N.Y. Jets 5-6

Overall 27-28 (.491)

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