Saturday, September 10, 2022

Tennessee Titans Week 1 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 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 1 roundup for the Tennessee Titans in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 11

Who's on the hot seat: QB Ryan Tannehill

Tannehill's 14 interceptions last season were more than the 13 combined picks he threw in 2019 and 2020. Coming off a three-interception performance in the divisional-round loss to the Bengals last season puts the pressure squarely on Tannehill's shoulders. The veteran quarterback will need a bounce-back season if he plans to be with the Titans in 2023. Tannehill has a $36.6 million salary-cap hit next season but would account for only $18.8 million in dead cap space if the Titans released him. It's no coincidence that Titans general manager Jon Robinson added the quarterback of the future when he selected Malik Willis in the third round. -- Rank: 17

Can the loss of Harold Landry be overcome? The Titans received crushing news last week when it was confirmed the team's star pass rusher tore his ACL in practice. Landry's season is over before it begins, and Tennessee must adapt on the fly without one of its most important players. The last time we saw Landry, he collected 1.5 of the Titans' nine sacks of Joe Burrow in the Divisional Round loss to the Bengals. Landry was especially beastly on third down last year, recording seven of his 12 regular-season sacks on the money down. The 26-year-old's brutal departure from the equation means opportunity for Rashad Weaver, the 2021 third-round pick who had an impressive camp in his return from his own season-ending injury last season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

They appear to be the second team in the AFC South behind the Colts heading into the season. Losing pass rusher Harold Landry with a torn ACL is a big hit, but their season will be decided by how much better they can throw the ball.

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

The good news: Jeffery Simmons might be the best young interior defensive lineman in the league, Derrick Henry is still Derrick Henry, and the AFC South is still pretty bad.

The bad news: Everyone is rooting against Ryan Tannehill because we want to see Malik Willis. And, uh, the team doesn't really look better on paper than last season at any position.

Nugget to remember: The Titans are 10-2 over the past two seasons in games decided by three points or fewer. That's far and away the best mark in the league and could be a hint at coin flips landing the other way this season.

The Ringer -- Rank: 15

After surviving a Derrick Henry foot injury that had him sidelined for the last nine regular season games and earning the No. 1 seed in the AFC, the Titans fell off a cliff. Henry was held to 3.1 yards per carry and Ryan Tannehill threw three picks in a 19-16 loss to the Bengals in the divisional round. Then, unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension, Tennessee traded away receiver A.J. Brown during the 2022 draft. The Titans spent a first-round pick on former Arkansas receiver Treylon Burks, but he's not even in line to start Week 1. Tannehill, who finished tied for 12th in EPA per dropback last season, will somehow need to right the ship with downgrades in the receiving corps and Henry coming off an injury.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 20

The loss of pass rusher Harold Landry to a torn ACL in practice is brutal for the Titans. If Mike Vrabel can get this team back to the playoffs, it will stamp him as a top-five coach in the NFL.

PFT -- Rank: 8

Is this Ryan Tannehill's last chance to take the Titans to the next level?

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