The Ti­tans

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Bron­cos at Ten­nessee Ti­tans, 11 a.m. Sun­day, KCNC-4 For the record: The Ti­tans (6-6) are com­ing off a bye week. While they were idle they moved into a tie atop the AFC South as the Hous­ton Tex­ans lost a third con­sec­u­tive game. Who's hot: DeMarco Mur­ray. The sixth-year run­ning back, in his first sea­son with the Ti­tans af­ter stops in Dal­las and Philadel­phia, ap­pears to be worth the fouryear, $25 mil­lion con­tract he signed in the off-sea­son. His 1,043 rush­ing yards are sec­ondbest in the NFL be­hind only Dal­las’ Ezekiel El­liott (1,285). Who's not: Ti­tans’ sec­ondary. The Bron­cos last week faced the NFL’s No. 2 pass de­fense, Jack­sonville. They may get a re­prieve this week. Ten­nessee’s sec­ondary ranks 26th in the NFL al­low­ing 270.3 yards pass­ing per game. The Bears’ Matt Barkley threw two late touch­down passes two weeks ago to nearly rally Chicago to vic­tory. Key stat: 19-28. The Ti­tans are in a dog­fight, if you can call it that, in their di­vi­sion. The AFC South might be the worst di­vi­sion in the NFL. The South teams are a com­bined nine games be­low .500, with a mi­nus-158 point dif­fer­en­tial. Tech­ni­cally, the Tex­ans (6-6) are in first place be­cause they beat the Ti­tans in Week 4 so they own the tiebreaker. For now. The teams play again on New Year’s Day. FYI: Ti­tans quar­ter­back Mar­cus Mar­i­ota strug­gled through the first month of the sea­son, with four touch­down passes and five in­ter­cep­tions. But since Week 5 he has thrown 21 TDs against just three in­ter­cep­tions. Against the Bron­cos: It is un­likely two teams from the AFC South will qual­ify for the play­offs, leav­ing the Ti­tans and Tex­ans in a win-or-go-home sit­u­a­tion in their di­vi­sion. But a win over Den­ver would help the Ti­tans in a long­shot bid for a wild-card spot. Den­ver (8-4) cur­rently sits in the sixth and fi­nal spot in the AFC play­off field. They said it: “We’re not sat­is­fied with just be­ing able to play mean­ing­ful games. We have to make them count. It doesn’t do us any good if we play mean­ing­ful games and lose them. We need to make sure we take care of busi­ness.” Ti­tans de­fen­sive line­man Karl Klug , on his team’s play­off chase

Ten­nessee Ti­tans run­ning back DeMarco Mur­ray gains yardage against the In­di­anapo­lis Colts in a game this sea­son at Lu­cas Oil Sta­dium. Stacy Re­vere, Getty Images

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