NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Titans control their playoff fate.
That sounds almost impossible for a team under .500, that lost five of six games and was the first team to lose to Jacksonville this season.
Despite all of that, the Titans (5-6) currently are in the AFC's final playoff spot after driving 80 yards for the game-winning touchdown to be Oakland 23-19 on Sunday. Tennessee trails the Colts (7-4) by two in the AFC South with a trip to Indianapolis this Sunday with a coach fans wanted fired just last week with the front office overhauled.
The Titans currently have the tiebreakers over the five other teams tied at 5-6 in the AFC thanks to their wins over the Steelers, Jets and Chargers during their 3-1 start. Wins over those teams also give them an edge over Baltimore and Miami.
Munchak gave his Titans the day off after the team didn't return to Nashville until 2 a.m. Monday, but tight end
"We're a good team, and when we want it we show up and play," Walker said.
The Titans started treating their final six games as their playoffs if they want a chance to play in the postseason. Munchak said they talked in the locker room trailing 9-6 at halftime about exactly what they faced if they didn't come out with a win. But he said they were confident they would find a way to win, even when they fell behind 19-16 with 6:10 left.
"Hopefully we'll capture some of the momentum we have ... and use that to catapult us through the rest of the season," Fitzpatrick said.
The Titans still have plenty to clean up after being flagged 10 times for 100 yards, eight on the offense with four on the offensive line alone. But they were penalized only twice for 15 yards in the second half. They also didn't turn the ball over and improved to 4-1 when finishing with a positive turnover margin.
Tennessee looked much more comfortable in Fitzpatrick's second start since
It was Tennessee's first 300-yard passing game with two 100-yard receivers since 2004.
They also need to finish off drives with touchdowns instead of field goals. The Titans settled for three in Oakland after twice driving to the Raiders 5.
"Those are things that we got to execute better than that," Munchak said.
Still, the Titans have hope as they try to earn their first playoff berth since 2008. It won't be easy because they also visit Denver (9-2) before hosting Arizona (7-4). Then they can try to avenge earlier losses to Jacksonville and Houston.
"A lot of work ahead of us," Munchak said.
NOTES: Munchak said WR