NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Through 12 games, the Titans have beaten the teams they should beat and lost to the teams that have good odds for playoff runs and Super Bowl appearances.

Given their roster limitations, it feels about right. They’ve not been upset – something that has been an issue in recent years – but they’ve not sprung surprises against top-level competition either.


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A team that’s clearly at a deficit against quality competition needs to play over its head, above its talent with smart schemes and game plans in order to pick off the sort of team it will host in the first round of the playoffs, and the one it would face on the road in the divisional round if it finds a wild-card win.

Yet key players are talking about relying on something else entirely as a differentiator: Togetherness.

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