Saturday, January 2, 2021

Tennessee Titans Week 17 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: 10.8 (T-11th)
  • Best ranking: 9th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 12th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Titans in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

Corey Davis, WR: He was shut out in the Titans' blowout loss to the Packers but has played well this season. Davis has 60 catches for a career-high 945 yards and five touchdowns. He's caught 74.1 percent of his targets, which is also a career high. Davis' physical traits are impressive, and considering he'll be just 26 at the start of next season, his best football could still be ahead of him.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

The defense isn't good enough right now, but they need to just beat the Texans to win the division. It won't be easy.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

Tantalizing as this team is, gotta be concerned about a defense that's permitted at least 30 points seven times.

ESPN -- Rank: 9

New Year's resolution: Find a game-changing pass rusher

The Titans need to explore absolutely every possible option to find a pass-rusher who can wreck opposing offenses. They should add multiple pass-rushers via the draft and free agency. Adding a premier free-agent pass-rusher will be costly and would likely cause the team to make some tough decisions regarding other positions. However, given Tennessee is dead last in the NFL with only 15 sacks, something needs to be done to find a way to pressure quarterbacks and put offenses behind the sticks with sacks or tackles for a loss. -- Turron Davenport -- Rank: 10

Outclassed. That's a fair way to describe the Titans after a 40-14 loss to the Packers on Sunday night at snowy Lambeau. Tennessee was outgained, 448-260, and Green Bay scored touchdowns on its first three drives of the game en route to the easy win. Derrick Henry was held under 100 yards, imperiling his quest to become the eighth 2,000-yard rusher in league history, while Ryan Tannehill threw two interceptions in the face of a consistent Packers pass rush. This qualified as a total team loss, but it's the porous defense that continues to profile as Tennessee's fatal flaw. Ugly stuff, but hope remains: a win on the road on Sunday in Houston, and the Titans will be crowned AFC South champions.

+ Previous update: Tennessee Titans Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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