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NFL playoff picture: Who to root for in Week 18 if you are a Tennessee Titans fan

Week 18 is here and the Tennessee Titans are the 1-seed in the playoff picture. Who should Titans fans root for to help their chances?

A.J. Brown #11 of the Tennessee Titans looks to the sidelines during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Nissan Stadium on December 23, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the 49ers 20-17. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Sunday update: The Titans beat the Texans on Sunday and with that clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC. They get a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the AFC playoff bracket.

The Tennessee Titans probably wouldn’t have thought they’d have a shot at the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs a few months ago. RB Derrick Henry has missed most of the season but is set to return for the postseason. The Titans take on the Houston Texans in Week 18 with a chance to secure the top seed. The team can handle their business on their own, but if they lose, here’s what Titans fans will be looking for the rest of the weekend.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Saturday update: The Chiefs beat the Broncos, which pushes the Titans into near must-win status. If the Titans lose, the Chiefs take the No. 1 seed from them along with the bye week.

The Chiefs and Broncos face each other on Saturday night. So there’s a chance the Titans rest players depending on the outcome. If the Chiefs win, the Titans will need to win to secure the top seed in the AFC. Tennessee will likely play all its starters regardless considering there are a bunch of teams who can get the top seed in the AFC.

The Chiefs are 10.5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets

The Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals are all in contention for the top seed. If the Chiefs lose and the Titans falter against the Texans, Tennessee will need the Bills to also lose. It’s a tough weekend to root for top teams to lose. Most of these matchups are a joke.

The Bills are 16-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns

Result: The Browns beat the Bengals 21-16

The Bengals — along with the New England Patriots — are the Titans’ last competition for the top seed. Cincy has already said it will rest QB Joe Burrow and most of the offense. That means the Bengals don’t care about seeding, which is odd. Still, the Bengals losing means one less team the Titans have to worry about until the playoffs.

The Bengals are 6-point underdogs at DraftKings Sportsbook.