Friday, December 25, 2020

Tennessee Titans Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 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: 7.6 (T6-th)
  • Best ranking: 5th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 11th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 16 roundup for the Titans in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

Wish: Something, anything, from their defense and special teams. The Titans have the best offense in the league, according to EPA per play. They've scored 30-plus in five straight games and blew the Lions out in Week 15. The Titans deserve a mention when discussing which AFC teams can knock off the Chiefs because Tennessee can score on anyone. Its defense and special teams don't need to be great. They just need to be good enough. But for the most part, they haven't been this season. The playoffs are all about opponent-specific matchups. Perhaps Mike Vrabel can get the Titans' defense to rise above its talent level.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

They continue to lead the AFC South, winning with their offense again against the Lions. That bad defense will be tested against the Packers.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

If there was an award for MUP (Most Underrated Player), QB Ryan Tannehill would probably have it on lockdown.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Most underrated star: QB Ryan Tannehill

Tannehill is quietly having one of the best seasons by a quarterback since the franchise moved to Tennessee. His 31 touchdown passes are the most by a quarterback in Tennessee, and with two games left in the season, he's 89 yards short of Matt Hasselbeck's 2011 total of 3,571. Tannehill's passing brings balance to the Titans' offense and makes teams pay for focusing exclusively on running back Derrick Henry. The offense is averaging more than 30 points per game this season and has scored 436 points through 14 games, the second-highest total in franchise history. -- Turron Davenport -- Rank: 8

Derrick Henry rushed for 147 more yards on Sunday, moving him ever closer to the hallowed 2,000-yard rushing club. But the real star against the Lions? Ryan Tannehill, who accounted for five touchdowns in a 46-25 win for the AFC South leaders. Tannehill threw for three scores and rushed for two more, the latest money performance by a guy who went from odd rman out in Miami to one of the most productive QBs in football. Reminder: The Titans gave up fourth- and seventh-round picks to acquire Tannehill (and a sixth-rounder) from the Dolphins in March 2019. The change of scenery was a huge help, as is -- of course -- the presence of a transcendent talent like Henry, but Tannehill deserves more acknowledgement for his role in turning the Titans into a Super Bowl contender.

+ Previous update: Tennessee Titans Week 15 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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