Friday, September 22, 2023

Tennessee Titans Week 3 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 3 roundup for the Tennessee Titans in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 22

Player: QB Ryan Tannehill
Current contract situation: Under contract through the 2025 season (with two voidable years)

The veteran quarterback is in the final year of his contract and it might be his last with the Titans. Tennessee traded up in the third round of the 2022 draft to select Malik Willis and moved up to the top of the second round in 2023 to select Will Levis. Tannehill said he wants to continue playing beyond this season. But for now, he's focused on being the best quarterback he can be for the Titans. Whatever production Tannehill puts on film will be for any teams in need of a quarterback next season, not just for the Titans. -- Turron Davenport -- Rank: 20

What they lacked in big or timely plays in the opener, the Titans made up for in Sunday's dramatic OT victory over the Chargers. It was a shorthanded effort, too. Tennessee was without two starting DBs and OG Peter Skoronski, this year's first-round pick, and the team had to replace Skoronski's replacement midgame. Perhaps this classic Mike Vrabel win is a sign of things to come. The Titans trailed by 11 points for 67 seconds of game time against the Chargers; otherwise, every Titans play this season has come in a one-score scenario. They have to win with guile and toughness and via special teams, and they came through in spades on Sunday. So did Ryan Tannehill, whose success should be huge for his confidence and the confidence of everyone else in the passing game. This team can make a run at the Jaguars.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

They actually snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating the Chargers in overtime. Ryan Tannehill bounced back in a big way.

USA Today -- Rank: 18

Have you noticed how much RB Derrick Henry has evolved as a receiver? One-third (71 yards) of his total output from scrimmage this season has come via receptions — this after he established career bests with 33 grabs for 398 yards in 2022.

The Athletic -- Rank: 17

Ryan Tannehill led the NFL in yards per attempt (10.3) in Week 2 just as we all predicted after he looked washed in Week 1. There's no explaining that stat. There may be an explanation for this next one. Derrick Henry is second in the league in carries with 40, but he's 35th in yards per carry (3.6). Henry has been carrying a heavy load for seven-plus seasons, and his lowest yards per carry in those seasons was 4.2.

FOX -- Rank: 22

Mike Vrabel and the Titans are going to find a way. I'll be honest: I wrote them off before the season, and I'm sorry about that. Through two weeks, they've got a win over the Chargers and could have easily beaten the Saints. The formula is simple: use the ground game to set up play-action passes, and beat the hell out of the opposition on defense. When it's working, it works very, very well.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 19

Ryan Tannehill went from looking bad in Week 1 to completing 20 of 24 passes in an overtime win on Sunday. That's another negative on the Chargers and Brandon Staley, but it was a huge performance for a Titans team that was looking at an 0-2 hole to start the season.

PFT -- Rank: 20

They need to coach their quarterback out of his current Jekyll-and-Hyde vibe.

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