Do any of NFL's seven 6-6 teams have real hope? Ranking their playoff viability


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When the NFL’s schedule makers slotted Jaguars at Titans into Thursday’s prime-time slot back in April, this obviously wasn’t the matchup they envisioned — a contest of seemingly average-at-best squads clinging to the postseason periphery … though, in the Jags’ case, they stopped clinging some time ago.

Yet this game is a microcosm of the current scrum of teams scrapping for relevance, whether as late-season spoilers or last-minute playoff entries. And “average at best” seems quite apropos this week given nearly one quarter of the league’s clubs, including the Titans, are currently mired at 6-6.

“We don’t have any time to sit here and waste,” Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said Monday as his players began accelerated preparations for Jacksonville.

His Titans, and those clustered around them in the standings, indeed have little time and no more opportunities to squander if they want this season to be memorable…



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