Saturday, October 24, 2020

Tennessee Titans Week 7 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Tennessee Titans rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 3.8 (4th)
  • Best ranking: 3rd (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 5th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Titans in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 3

There are a number of statistical oddities for the Titans since Ryan Tannehill took over last season. But perhaps the wildest relates to their red-zone efficiency. In 15 games with Tannehill as the starter, the Titans have scored touchdowns on 44 of 53 (83 percent) red-zone trips. To put that into perspective, since 2000, no team has been better than 77.8 percent for a single season. The Titans had the best offensive performance (EPA per snap) in Week 6 and also now rank first offensively for the season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 5

They are the real deal on offense. Ryan Tannehill is playing at a high level, but he will be challenged in a big way against the Steelers.

USA Today -- Rank: 3

Some notes on Derrick Henry. Over past three regular seasons, there have been six 200-yard rushing efforts ... three by Henry. Four players have three career games with 200 rush yards and two TDs -- Henry ... plus Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Barry Sanders and LaDainian Tomlinson. And Henry's only the fifth to have two touchdown runs of at least 90 yards. Dude is special.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Most impactful injury: LT Taylor Lewan

Lewan suffered a torn ACL on Sunday and is out for the season. Losing their starting left tackle is a big blow for the Titans, as Lewan brings energy to the offense. His physicality is perfect for the zone rushing scheme the Titans employ. So far this season, Tennessee is averaging 3.9 yards attempt when running to the left (Lewan's side). Veteran offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo will be called upon to play left tackle in place of Lewan. Although Sambrailo is a capable player, there's a considerable drop-off from Lewan, who is Tennessee's best O-lineman. -- Turron Davenport -- Rank: 3

Quite a six-day stretch for the Titans, who came out of an extended COVID-19 layoff with two impressive wins that further burnish their standing as a serious Super Bowl contender. On Sunday, Tennessee became the first team in NFL history with a 350-yard passer and a 200-yard rusher in the same game -- and they needed every one of those yards in a 42-36 overtime win over the rival Texans. Derrick Henry was unfair in this one, finishing with a career-high 264 yards from scrimmage and two scores, including the game-winner. It's not just that Henry is stronger than everyone on the field; he's faster than everyone, too. Watch how he accelerated away from cornerbacks on his 94-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. That's Bo Jackson stuff. That's Herschel Walker stuff. That's Derrick Henry.

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