Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Tennessee Titans Week 14 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: 10.4 (10th)
  • Best ranking: 8th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 12th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 14 roundup for the Titans in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 10

Best-case scenario: They find some kind of solution defensively and win the AFC South. Tennessee's defense got gashed in a loss to the Browns, allowing five touchdowns and a field goal on six drives in the first half. Overall, the Titans' defense ranks 27th in EPA per snap. Their defense doesn't have to be great, but it needs to be competitive if the Titans are going to make a playoff run. Tennessee currently owns the tiebreak over the Colts on account of having a better division winning percentage. And there's a huge difference between winning the AFC South and getting in as a wild card for both teams. It could mean the difference between hosting a playoff game against Cleveland or Miami and traveling to Kansas City or Pittsburgh in the first round.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

That was a terrible showing against the Browns. The defense is awful right now and it could cost them a playoff spot.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

Cleveland exposed anew the deficiencies of Tennessee's pass defense, which ranks 31st in sacks with 14 and has surrendered the most TD passes in the AFC (27). That might not be a survivable weakness in January.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Person with most at stake: WR Corey Davis

Davis is in the final year of his contract. After not having his fifth-year option picked up, Davis kept his head down and put in extensive work during the offseason. His chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill improved drastically, and now Davis is on pace for his first 1,000-yard receiving season. The timing is perfect, since he is playing for a new deal. A strong finish over the next four games could mean a handsome free-agent deal for the fourth-year wideout. -- Turron Davenport -- Rank: 12

The Titans did extensive cosmetic work in the second half, but Sunday's 41-35 shellacking at the hands of the Browns exposed all the ills of Mike Vrabel's defense. You can take every level of the beleaguered unit to task for Cleveland's 38-point first half, but the absence of a pass rush against Baker Mayfield was particularly glaring. General manager Jon Robinson had two big swings and misses in his attempt to improve this area in the offseason -- Jadeveon Clowney is parked on IR with zero sacks while Vic Beasley is already ancient history -- and the players who remain have been unable to pick up the slack. If an up-and-down passer like Mayfield can make the Titans look this bad, what would Patrick Mahomes do to them in the playoffs?

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