Why the standings love the Titans but the metrics don't

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The standings like the Titans.

The metrics don’t.

Read Pro Football Focus or Football Outsiders or the analytics minds at The Athletic, and the Titans can sound like a Super Bowl long-shot, not a team on the verge of a No. 1 seed who will only have to win two home games to earn the spot in the AFC locker room at Sofi Stadium on Feb. 13.

Tennessee hasn’t played consistently excellent football. And I am not anti-analytics.

AFC South Champs

I always try to understand what the metrics are telling us, though I sometimes get overwhelmed in a world where expected points added seem to mean more than actual points scored.

I admit confusion here. Sixteen of the 17 games have been played. The Titans have overcome half of them without their best player, beaten several of the others best teams in the AFC – the Chiefs, the Bills and the Colts twice as well as the Rams who are currently No. 2 in the NFC and the 49ers, who are still contending for an NFC spot.

Why then this?

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