Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Tennessee Titans Week 11 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 2.2 (2nd)
  • Best ranking: 2 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 3 (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Titans in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 2

Most important remaining game: Nov. 28 at Patriots

For starters, this game will be Mike Vrabel's return to the stadium where he made his mark as a three-time Super Bowl champion -- and the second time facing his former coach, Bill Belichick. The Patriots are 2-4 at home, and everyone is jumping on the "Mac Jones will lead New England to the playoffs" train. Jones' efficiency as a passer (69% completion rate) should provide a good test for the Titans' secondary. -- Turron Davenport -- Rank: 2

The Titans are the hottest team in football -- and they've made history in their surge to the top of the AFC standings. Mike Vrabel's team held off the Saints, 23-21, and became the second NFL team ever to win five consecutive games against opponents that qualified for the playoffs the season before. The offense still feels limited with Derrick Henry on the shelf, but the Titans know how to grind out victories with a defense that is vastly improved. Jeffery Simmons collected two more sacks -- giving him five in the past two weeks -- and Tennessee made the key stop on New Orleans' two-point conversion attempt in the final minute. An overdue layup against the Texans awaits.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

They just keep winning games, even without Derrick Henry. The schedule is soft the rest of the way. They will be the top seed in the AFC.

USA Today -- Rank: 3

No Derrick Henry and yet ... they're the second team to craft a five-game winning streak against playoff teams from the previous season -- are actually 7-0 against 2020 playoff clubs -- and have their longest winning streak (six games) in 13 years. The AFC's projected top seed will also now face what is, by far, the easiest remaining schedule (.336 opponents' winning percentage) in the league.

The Athletic -- Rank: 2

Steal a player: Jonathan Taylor, Colts running back

With apologies to future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson, the Titans probably wish they could have had better (and younger) options to immediately replace the injured Derrick Henry. And there is no better young running back in the NFL right now than Taylor, who has 610 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in his last five games. The Titans need a workhorse back to power their offense, especially with receiver Julio Jones now on injured reserve.

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