NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans finally ran into good and good was better than they were. And that’s not a good indication of what’s to come in the playoffs.

The Titans are still the third seed in the AFC after a 20-16 loss to the Bengals at Nissan Stadium where they got pushed around by the team that knocked them out of the playoffs here as the No. 1 seed last season.

Tee Higgins vs. Roger McCreary

Tee Higgins over Roger McCreary/ © George Walker IV / Tennessean.com / USA TODAY NETWORK

Tennessee (7-4) has lost to Buffalo, Kansas City and Cincinnati, the three teams it’s faced that are currently in the AFC playoff field and the Giants, one of two teams it's faced that is in the current NFC playoff field.

Its lone win against a team with a winning record and a current playoff spot came on Oct. 9 in Washington.

All week the Titans banged the drum that this was not a revenge game tied to last year’s playoff disaster, and that’s a good thing because there was no vengeance here. The Bengals are not known for withstanding physical teams well and the Titans are typically the aggressors.

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