Saturday, September 18, 2021

Tennessee Titans Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 19.2 (19th)
  • Best ranking: 18th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 20th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Titans in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 18

Top rookie: CB Elijah Molden

Picking a best rookie performance is a tall order considering only one of them played more than just special teams. No. 22 overall pick Caleb Farley only played eight snaps on defense and Molden played 39, so he's the natural selection. But Molden was beaten by Cardinals receiver Christian Kirk for a touchdown on one play. Molden missed an opportunity to make a tackle for a loss on another. The rookie DB finished with two tackles on the day. -- Turron Davenport -- Rank: 20

The Titans joined the Packers as the contenders that scared you the most by their Week 1 no-shows, shellacked in their own building by the Cardinals, who dominated on both sides of the ball in a 38-13 blowout. Tennessee, with its vaunted collection of playmakers, didn't manage a first down until well into the second quarter. Midway through the third quarter, Derrick Henry had logged 9 yards on 10 carries. The defense wasn't much better, looking completely lost at sea as Kyler Murray piled up five touchdowns. Five is also the number of sacks surrendered to Chandler Jones, who had Taylor Lewan spilling his feelings on Twitter. Said Mike Vrabel after the massacre: "We'll find out what our culture looks like this week."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 19

What was that against the Cardinals? They were embarrassed at home. They were bad on both sides of the ball.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

LT Taylor Lewan took the blame for the offensive struggles, but that doesn't explain why the Tennessee defense is still getting beaten like a drum.

The Athletic -- Rank: 20

Overreaction: Six sacks, two fumbles and a pick for Ryan Tannehill as Arizona's Chandler Jones put up a five-spot on Taylor Lewan, who correctly tweeted that he "got my ass kicked today, no way around that." Is the Titans defense on Twitter to apologize? Maybe the Packers edge this out for most underwhelming debut by a presumed playoff team, but not by a wide margin. -- Auman

Reality check: Really rough start for new offensive coordinator Todd Downing and the entire Titans offense. I want to believe the Titans have the talent to rebound, but if protection issues continue, how much can they do? -- Jones

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