This issue is beginning to be raised in the comments threads so I figured I'd just get it out there now. Yes the Titans are still mathematically alive. The Titans' best chance is to be the only 9-7 team in consideration at the end of the season, since they already have 7 conference losses. Assuming the Titans win the last four games (not a safe assumption at all) this is how it breaks down:
The Titans need 6 of the next 7 teams to have the indicated record (or worse) from here on out:
- Pittsburgh Steelers - 2-2
(@CLE, GB, BAL, @MIA)
- *New York Jets- 2-2 (or New England 1-3)
(@TB, ATL, @IND, CIN)
- *Miami Dolphins** - 2-2 (or New England 1-3)
(@JAX, @TEN, HOU, PIT)
- Baltimore Ravens - 2-2
(DET, CHI, @PIT, @OAK)
- Jacksonville Jaguars - 1-3
(MIA, IND, @NE, @CLE)
- Denver Broncos or San Diego Chargers**- 0-4
Den(@IND, OAK, @PHI, KC), SD (@DAL, CIN, @TEN, WAS)
So that's the scenario. Possible, but highly improbable.
* New England going 1-3 can only count once. Basically the 2nd best AFC East team must be 8-8 (or Miami 9-7). One of those 3 will win the division and thus don't affect the Titans.
** Because the Titans can still beat Miami and San Diego and thus would hold a head-to-head tie break, they can both be 9-7 as well and the Titans will still get in.