Why Titans can make the playoffs

Chris Johnson's reputation took a hit last season, but the Titans' chances at the postseason start with him. Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Opportunity is knocking in the AFC. The conference is represented by only six of the top 16 teams in the current ESPN Power Rankings and has eight of the bottom 11 teams on that list. This disparity means it might not take much of a jump in performance to move a borderline AFC club into bona fide playoff contention.

One team that could be in prime shape to take advantage of this is the Tennessee Titans. Mike Munchak's squad finished 6-10 last season, but a closer look at their metrics from both last season and their impressive Week 1 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers illustrates a viable postseason path for the Titans.