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.