Friday, September 29, 2023

Tennessee Titans Week 4 NFL Power Rankings

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

ESPN -- Rank: 29

Biggest issue on offense: Pass protection

The Titans have allowed an average of 4.3 sacks per game. Whether it's penalties or giving up a sack, the Titans are finding themselves behind the chains far too often. Tennessee is not built for success if it isn't efficient early in the series to avoid third and long. The protection is not good enough to hold up for longer developing routes and oftentimes requires help from the tight ends or running backs. That's a big reason why the Titans only average 3.3 third-down conversions per game, 24th in the league. And there are times when Ryan Tannehill has held onto the ball too long, as well. -- Turron Davenport -- Rank: 21

Even while adding the context of how many good pass rushers the Titans have faced through three games, Andre Dillard had a rough day against the Browns' Myles Garrett, being overwhelmed in pass protection a few times and also being flagged on back-to-back third-down plays in the second quarter. He wasn't the only Tennessee offensive lineman to struggle at Cleveland, but it's concerning that left tackle remains an issue -- and that coordinator Tim Kelly hasn't done more to help Dillard. Perhaps the Titans could try rookie Peter Skoronski there once he's healthy, but Mike Vrabel stuck with 15-game starter Dennis Daley last season amid similar struggles. Tennessee might have to figure out how to make it work with Dillard.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 21

The offense was non-existent against the Browns. That's a good defense, but the offensive line issues are a problem.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

They managed 94 yards offensively Sunday, the franchise's lowest ebb in its post-Houston iteration. Equally unimpressive were the six first downs at Cleveland on Sunday as Tennessee was shut out of the end zone for the second time in three weeks.

The Athletic -- Rank: 24

QB confidence rating: 3

After a brief bounce-back performance in Week 2, Ryan Tannehill turned back into a pumpkin this week. The 35-year-old is 31st in the league in offensive EPA per dropback (minus.-.27) and 28th in completion percentage (59). It doesn't help that he's been sacked 13 times, the second most in the league, but he's not doing himself any favors with one touchdown and three interceptions for the season.

FOX -- Rank: 26

This team can't afford to get off script. The Titans need to be able to run the ball to have success, and it wasn't going to happen against the Browns' amazing front. Down multiple scores and needing to pass their way back into the game is always going to be a recipe for disaster with this team, especially against a defense like Cleveland's.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 25

At halftime Sunday, Tyjae Spears had 18 snaps and Derrick Henry had seven. The game was competitive before halftime. That's just what the Titans preferred. Spears finished with a 27-18 edge in snaps. A similar situation happened with the RB split in Week 1. One explanation is it's bad coaching, and the staff is mindlessly playing a mid-round rookie over three-time Pro Bowler way more than it should. Another explanation is that the Titans think Henry has taken a big step back, and he can't be the focal point of the offense anymore, even though it needs help. Either way, it's a trend we need to watch.

PFT -- Rank: 25

The Titanic encountered something other than an iceberg in the Cuyahoga River.

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