Titans host Texans for 1st in AFC South

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have some very simple math to clinch their first AFC South title since 2008 and second playoff berth in three seasons.

Sweep the Houston Texans.

The Titans (8-5) have won four straight and six of seven to have a chance at the postseason after a 2-4 start in a season salvaged after the switch at quarterback from Marcus Mariota to Ryan Tannehill. How much better this season becomes depends on what they do Sunday when they host the Texans, the first of two games between these teams in the final three weeks.

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Seahawks looking to secure playoff berth

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Not too long ago the Carolina Panthers viewed the Seattle Seahawks as their biggest rivals in the NFC.

Now the franchises are headed in vastly different directions. (MORE)

Packers set to host surging Bears

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Heading into the season opener between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, nobody knew what to expect from first-year coach Matt LaFleur, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' offense.

Fourteen weeks later, it's still a mystery. (MORE)

Bills seek playoff spot, visit Steelers

PITTSBURGH (AP) Sean McDermott remembers lining up across from Mike Tomlin and wanting to do everything he could to impress everyone watching, from the William & Mary coaches to his teammates to Tomlin himself. It comes with the territory when you're a freshman defensive back and the wide receiver you're facing happens to be an upperclassman and a team captain.

"We had our battles," said McDermott, who played with Tomlin for two seasons in 1993-94. "I was a walk-on, he was a scholarship athlete. He was established and I was just trying to get a pair of cleats." (MORE)

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