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At 2-4, Can the Tennessee Titans Salvage Their 2012-13 NFL Season? Local Fan’s Observation

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The Tennessee Titans salvaged their season with a 26-23 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 11, 2012. The Titans entered this contest with a 1-4 record. They couldn't afford to lose another game after they lost four of their first five games in blowout fashion.

The Titans now have a 2-4 record. To finish above .500, they must finish with a 7-3 record. To have a good chance for a wild-card berth, The Titans need to finish with an 8-2 record. What are the chances that Tennessee can save the rest of their 2012-13 NFL season? Is it possible?

Remaining 2012 Schedule

At Buffalo Bills

Indianapolis Colts

Chicago Bears

At Miami Dolphins

BYE WEEK

At Jacksonville Jaguars

Houston Texans

At Indianapolis Colts

New York Jets

At Green Bay Packers

Jacksonville Jaguars

1993-94 Houston Oilers

The Titans were known as the Houston Oilers during the 1993-94 season. This was Mike Munchak's final year as a player. The Oilers started that season with a 1-4 record. They suffered double-digit losses in three of their first five games. After a bye week in Week 5, the Buffalo Bills beat them 35-7. At age 37, Warren Moon was in the final stages of his career.

The Oilers recovered in a big way. They won 11 consecutive games en route to a 12-4 record. During that stretch, they had double-digit victories in six of the first seven games. The Oilers clinched a first-round bye and home playoff game. They lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional playoffs.

The Winnable 10

The Titans dug themselves into a massive hole. Fortunately, their schedule becomes much simpler. Their toughest remaining opponents include the Chicago Bears, Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers. Even if these are their only losses, they'd finish with a 9-7 record. As Titans fans know, they'd need a lot of outside help to clinch a playoff-berth with that record.

With that said, the Titans are capable of winning any of these games. The Bears are their toughest assignment. To beat the Bears, opponents need to exploit their deficiencies at offensive tackle and force Jay Cutler into turnovers. The Titans don't do either of these things well.

Playoffs A Real Possibility?

One thing is for certain: Munchak won't quit. Not after what happened in his final year. Not after he witnessed his team blow a 35-3 lead in the 1992-93 AFC Wild Card. That came against a Buffalo Bills team who played a backup quarterback. The Bills won 41-38.

Can the Titans do it? Anything is possible. What's impossible? Consistently winning games with such atrocious tackling and their lack of pass rush. Who teaches these players to tackle? Michael Griffin falls at players' knees. Most of the players don't wrap tackle. Are they coached to tackle like that?

The Titans have plenty of work to do before they get back in the AFC playoff picture. They must perform a lot better than they did on Thursday night. A lot better.

Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.

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