Friday, October 1, 2021

Tennessee Titans Week 4 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: 15.0 (T-15th)
  • Best ranking: 14th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 16th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Titans in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 16

The Titans haven't been able to connect as much on the play-action vertical shots, outside of Ryan Tannehill's 51-yard completion to Julio Jones in Week 2 against the Seahawks. As a result, Tannehill's yards per attempt is 7.40, which is less than his 8.7 average last season. That will get better with more big plays from play-action. One thing that has helped Tannehill's QBR is how well he has been able to run the ball. "It helps us as an offense, driving it down the field and getting into drives," running back Derrick Henry said. "We all love it whenever we get the positive play, especially when he gets out of the pocket and moves the ball down the field." -- Turron Davenport -- Rank: 15

On Sunday, the Titans lost A.J. Brown to a hamstring injury early, Mike Vrabel curiously decided to sit Julio Jones late, and they turned the ball over three times without creating a takeaway of their own. This might sound like the recipe for yet another disappointing loss to the Colts, but nope. The Titans have won back-to-back games, thanks to their dynamic stars at quarterback and running back. Ryan Tannehill made key plays with his arm and legs on a day he didn't have his usual cast of characters, while Derrick Henry grinded out 113 yards on 28 carries. Tanny & The Big Dog are more than an amazing fictional drive-time sports-radio duo -- they're the heart and soul of these Titans.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 15

After the opening-day loss, they've regrouped to take over first place in the division. They do need to get better on defense, but they will score a lot of points.

USA Today -- Rank: 14

Six targets per game for WR Julio Jones doesn't seem like nearly enough, while 31 touches per game for RB Derrick Henry seems like a bit too much? Even for him?

The Athletic -- Rank: 15

Surprise! The Titans are about to run away with the AFC South. Sure, they were probably the preseason favorites, but only slightly over the Colts. And after just three weeks and a head-to-head win in Week 3 against Indianapolis, Titans fans might be safe making plans for a home game on wild-card weekend in January.

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