How the Titans got to the Divisional Round: Key draft picks, wins, 2022 NFL playoff results and more

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The No. 1 seed Tennessee Titans are sitting pretty atop of the AFC in the 2022 NFL Playoffs, where the road to Super Bowl LVI will go through Nissan Stadium.

And in a top-heavy conference, the Titans are in the driver’s seat with Super Wild Card Weekend in the rearview mirror as the Cincinnati Bengals prepare to make their way south with momentum on their side after defeating the Las Vegas Raiders. But before the Titans earned their bye week by dominating the AFC South division and beating the brakes off the conference’s elite, there was some soul searching along the way.

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If it wasn’t for a 36-yard game-winning field goal by Randy Bullock in overtime against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2, Tennessee would’ve been staring down at an 0-2 start heading into a critical division matchup against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3. 

Nevertheless, Mike Vrabel’s team pushed through adversity behind their workhorse running back Derrick Henry, who ran for 937 yards and 10 touchdowns in just eight games before going down with a broken foot.

Without Henry, the Titans’ offense had its growing pains as they learned to evolve and win without their All-Pro running back. Defense became the team’s calling card down the stretch, winning four of their final five games and allowing just 11.3 points/game in those four wins.

Wild Card round results

  • No. 1 Seed in the AFC – First-Round bye

2021 NFL Draft picks

  • Round 1: No. 22 – Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
  • Round 2: No. 53 – Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
  • Round 3: No. 92 (from GB) – Monty Rice, LB, Georgia
  • Round 3: No. 100 – Elijah Molden, CB, Washington
  • Round 4: No. 109 Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Louisville
  • Round 4: No. 135 (from GB) – Rashad Weaver, DE, Pittsburgh
  • Round 6: No. 205 – Racey McMath, WR, LSU
  • Round 6: No. 215 – Brady Breeze, S, Oregon

READ MORE: Titans draft picks 2021: All of Tennessee’s selections, NFL draft results

Key personnel: Coaches and players

  • Head coach: Mike Vrabel
  • Quarterback: Ryan Tannehill
  • Wide receiver: A.J. Brown
  • Running back: Derrick Henry (click here for latest updates on Henry’s health status)
  • Defensive end: Jeffery Simmons
  • Safety: Kevin Byard

Titans regular season results

  • Overall record: 12-5
  • Key wins/biggest win of the season: 27-3 victory against Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7

Titans recent playoff history

  • Second consecutive AFC South title… Lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card Round in the 2020 season

What are the Tennessee Titans’ chances this postseason?

The Titans learned how to win without their best player during the regular season, and now they’ll only grow stronger with Henry back in action ahead of the Divisional Round.

Tennessee’s 4-3 record against playoff teams included a couple of Super Bowl-caliber wins, and some head-scratching losses.

Titans Record vs. playoff teams: 4-3.

Wins: 

  • 34-31 vs. Buffalo Bills in Week 6
  • 27-3 vs. Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7
  • 28-16 vs. Las Angeles Rams in Week 9
  • 20-17 vs. San Francisco 49ers in Week 16

Losses

  • 38-13 vs. Arizona Cardinals in Week 1
  • 36-13 vs. New England Patriots in Week 12
  • 19-13 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15

The Cardinals’ Week 1 beatdown of the Titans stunned not just fans in Tennessee, but also the NFL. It felt like Arizona’s coming out party and as the Cardinals continued to dominate over the first half of the season, the loss seemed like a distant memory.

But it didn’t take long for Tennessee to find its groove.

Within a four-week span, the Titans took down the Bills, Chiefs and Rams, outscoring their opposition 89-56.

Losses to the Patriots in Week 12 and the Steelers in Week 15 put the AFC South division within reach for the Colts, who infamously fell apart down the stretch to miss the playoffs entirely, but the Titans still find themselves in a position to control their own destiny to play in Super Bowl LVI next month at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles

Standing in their way, however, is a Bengals team coming off a playoff win with a quarterback in Joe Burrow who looks to be the next coming of Joe Montana. But if Ryan Tannehill can continue his career renaissance in Music City and take down Burrow’s Bengals, the AFC will be truly be theirs for the taking as they host the AFC Championship Game as the conference’s top seed.

Lamar Jackson continues to exceed expectations while betting on himself this season

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson took the ultimate chance and is betting on himself this NFL season. After failing to reach an agreement with the Ravens on a long-term extension, the Pompano Beach, Florida native, who went 32nd overall in the 2018 draft, is currently playing on the $23 million 5th-year option of his rookie contract.

Jackson reportedly turned down a 5-year offer worth roughly $250 million, with $133 million guaranteed — something many were not surprised by because Deshaun Jackson’s contract, signed this summer, changed the goalposts for QB contracts, especially for a dual-threat player like Lamar Jackson who runs the ball as well as he throws the ball. This week, Jackson will face a major early season test as the 2-2 Ravens host Joe Burrow and the 2-2 Bengals on Sunday Night Football.

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Lamar Jackson’s rushing ability

The 2019 NFL MVP already has 13 total touchdowns this season, including 11 pass touchdowns, and currently leads the Ravens with 316 rush yards — the most of any quarterback in the NFL this season. He also ranks in the league’s top 10 in rushing yards, for all players (ranked 9th entering Week 5). Additionally, Jackson was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month in September for the second time in his career.

Powered in part by Jackson, the Ravens offense ranked first in rush yards per game in 2019 (206) and 2020 (191.9) and was third in 2021 (145.8). In 2022, the team ranks 8th entering Week 5 (142).

What will happen with Lamar Jackson’s contract at the end of the season?

Lamar Jackson is currently set to become a free agent after the season, however, he could be franchised tagged by the Ravens.

Does Lamar Jackson have an agent?

Lamar Jackson has represented himself during negotiations while leaning on the help of his mother, Felicia Jones, and the NFLPA (which reportedly advised him that he was justified to demand a fully guaranteed deal).

What other notable contracts were recently signed by NFL quarterbacks?

  • Russell Wilson: 5 years, $245 million ($124M fully guaranteed) – August 2022
  • Kyler Murray: 5 years, $230.5 million ($103.3M fully guaranteed) – July 2022
  • Deshaun Watson: 5 years, $230 million (fully guaranteed) – March 2022
  • Josh Allen: 6 years, $258 million ($100M fully guaranteed) – August 2021
  • Patrick Mahomes: 10 years, $450 million ($63.1M fully guaranteed) – July 2020

Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals head to M&T Bank Stadium to take on Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens this week on Sunday Night Football. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night in America on NBC and Peacock. Kickoff time is at 8:20 p.m. See below for additional information on how to watch Sunday night’s Bengals vs Ravens matchup.

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How to watch the Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens:

  • Where: M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland
  • When: Sunday, October 9
  • Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET; live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Stream liveWatch live on Peacock or with the NBC Sports App

What time is kickoff for the Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens game?

Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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How to watch Sunday Night Football on Peacock:

If you have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can watch Sunday Night Football on your TV or with a TV provider login on the NBC Sports app, NBC app, or via NBCSports.com. Check your local listings to find your NBC channel. If you can’t find NBC in your channel lineup, please contact your TV provider.

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If you don’t have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can stream Sunday Night Football on Peacock with a $4.99/month Peacock Premium plan.  Sign up here or, if you already have a free Peacock account, go to your Account settings to upgrade or change your existing plan. 

Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a charge which will recur on a monthly or annual basis until you cancel, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

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How to watch the NFL on Peacock: Full Sunday Night Football Schedule, live stream info for the 2022 season

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The 2022 NFL Season is in full gear. This week it’s Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals vs Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. with Football Night in America. Kickoff time is at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.

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Every Sunday Night Football game this season will be available on both NBC and Peacock. See below for the full 2022 Sunday Night Football schedule as well as additional information on how to watch every game on Peacock.

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2022 Sunday Night Football Schedule:

*Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Thursday, Sept. 8 (Week 1) – Josh Allen’s four touchdowns power Bills to 31-10 victory over Rams

Sunday, Sept. 11 (Week 1) – Bucs take care of business against Cowboys, who lose Dak Prescott late

Sunday, Sept. 18 (Week 2) – Packers roll over Bears 27-10 as Aaron Jones, Preston Smith star

Sunday, Sept. 25 (Week 3) – Broncos do just enough to pull off 11-10 win over 49ers

Sunday, Oct. 2 (Week 4) – Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs dominate Bucs 41-31

Sunday, Oct. 9 (Week 5) – Bengals at Ravens

Sunday, Oct. 16 (Week 6) – Cowboys at Eagles

Sunday, Oct. 23 (Week 7) – Steelers at Dolphins

Sunday, Oct. 30 (Week 8) – Packers at Bills

Sunday, Nov. 6 (Week 9) – Titans at Chiefs

Sunday, Nov. 13 (Week 10) – Chargers at 49ers

Sunday, Nov. 20 (Week 11) – Bengals at Steelers

Thursday, Nov. 24 (Week 12) – Patriots at Vikings

Sunday, Nov. 27 (Week 12) – Packers at Eagles

Sunday, Dec. 4 (Week 13) – Colts at Cowboys

Sunday, Dec. 11 (Week 14) – Chiefs at Broncos

Sunday, Dec. 18 (Week 15) – Patriots at Raiders

Sunday, Dec. 25 (Week 16) – Buccaneers at Cardinals

Sunday, Jan. 1 (Week 17) – Rams at Chargers

Sunday, Jan. 8 (Week 18) – Matchup TBD

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How to watch Sunday Night Football on Peacock:

If you have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can watch Sunday Night Football on your TV or with a TV provider login on the NBC Sports app, NBC app, or via NBCSports.com. Check your local listings to find your NBC channel. If you can’t find NBC in your channel lineup, please contact your TV provider.

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If you don’t have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can stream Sunday Night Football on Peacock with a $4.99/month Peacock Premium plan.  Sign up here or, if you already have a free Peacock account, go to your Account settings to upgrade or change your existing plan. 

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Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a charge which will recur on a monthly or annual basis until you cancel, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

What devices are compatible with Peacock?

Peacock is available on a variety of devices. See the full list here.

In addition to Sunday Night Football, what else can I watch with Peacock Premium?

Premium is your key to unlocking everything Peacock has to offer. You’ll get access to all the live sports and events we have, including Premier League and WWE Premium Live Events like WrestleMania. You’ll also get full seasons of exclusive Peacock Original series, next-day airings of current NBC and Telemundo hits, plus every movie and show available on Peacock. There is always something new to discover on Peacock Premium.

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