Thursday, September 14, 2023

Tennessee Titans Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Tennessee Titans in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 27

Best debut performance: OLB Arden Key
Week 1 stats: 1.5 sacks, 2 QB hits, tackle for loss

Key's explosive first step was a major asset against the Saints' pass protection. He finished with 1.5 sacks but almost added a game-changing strip sack when he knocked the ball out of quarterback Derek Carr's hand before it was ruled a forward pass. The Titans front will be a force to be reckoned with considering Key is joining Denico Autry and Jeffery Simmons. There are too many guys that opposing teams will be forced to dedicate extra help to stop. That's what Key enjoys the most about playing for Tennessee. "It was great because everybody was playing off each other," Key said. -- Turron Davenport -- Rank: 22

I have an enormous amount of respect for the way Mike Vrabel coaches, especially when it comes to in-game decision-making. So, when Vrabel opted to kick a field goal down four points on fourth-and-6 from the New Orleans 11-yard line with 2:20 remaining, it stunned me. Next Gen Stats favored going for it over kicking the field goal by 5.9 percentage points. The Saints drained the rest of the clock on the ensuing possession and earned a 16-15 victory. Vrabel also declined a holding penalty on a third-down play in the third quarter, giving the Saints a 52-yard field goal try (which they made) to tie the game instead of pushing them back 10 yards for another third-down play. Didn't love that, either. Even after listening to him explain the decisions on Monday, I felt like these were head-scratchers from an otherwise very good game-managing coach.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 23

Ryan Tannehill had a rough go of of it against the Saints with three picks. That has to be concerning in the new offense going forward.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

Cagey trade for K Nick Folk, who nearly booted Tennessee to victory with five field goals — and maybe he would have if RB Derrick Henry (17 touches, 119 yards) had played more than 48% of the offensive snaps?

The Athletic -- Rank: 24

Is Derrick Henry done? After seven seasons that included 1,750 carries, Henry played only 30 snaps (48 percent) against the Saints. Ryan Tannehill did not look good without his 247-pound security blanket. He had a 28.8 passer rating. Maybe Henry, who is clearly not entirely human, just needs some reprogramming. Or maybe he's given all he can to Tennessee.

FOX -- Rank: 25

The Titans were too low in my preseason rankings, so I'm giving them a small bump after a valiant effort in New Orleans. As we all expected, Mike Vrabel's defense came ready to play. That was never going to be the issue. Three interception in a one-point loss just might start the clock on Ryan Tannehill's possible replacement by one of his young backups, as Ben Arthur wrote yesterday.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 22

Mike Vrabel had about as bad of a day that a good coach can have, but Ryan Tannehill also played a big role in the loss. He had a 28.8 passer rating. He should not have been throwing it 34 times — that's on Vrabel and the staff too — but he needed to be a lot better on those throws. Let's not forget that Tannehill is 35, his numbers were way down the past two seasons, he was involved in offseason trade speculation and the Titans have selected quarterbacks with valuable picks in each of the last two drafts.

PFT -- Rank: 27

Now we know why they draft a quarterback every year.

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