Thursday, October 19, 2023

Tennessee Titans Week 7 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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

ESPN -- Rank: 26

Lesson learned: Derrick Henry is still the catalyst on offense.

Personnel may have changed for the Titans, but one thing that remains constant is how the offense revolves around Henry. It's no coincidence that both of Tennessee's wins came in games in which Henry had 20 or more carries. Even though it was in a losing effort, Henry's 63-yard run against the Ravens brought energy into what had up to that point been a lifeless offense. The impact goes beyond when Henry has the football. The Titans' play-action passing game is effective because teams devote many resources to stopping Henry. His presence on the field forces defenders to be moved out of position, opening up passing lanes. -- Turron Davenport -- Rank: 26

Ryan Tannehill's ankle injury sets up a possible preview for the rest of the season at quarterback. When Tannhill left Sunday's loss to the Ravens, it was Malik Willis who replaced him. Willis did a pretty decent job in the fourth quarter, even if Tyjae Spears' 48-yard screen might have inflated the QB's stats a bit. But with Tannehill's future with the team already in question before the injury, you can bet the Titans will consider taking a look at Will Levis, too. Levis has been QB3 in all six games, but now has the door open to show Tennessee why it drafted him with the 34th overall pick in the spring. The Titans aren't cooked at 2-4, but it feels like evaluating both Willis and Levis supersedes winning at all costs now.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 25

They have issues on offense in a big way, and now Ryan Tannehill is hurt. It could be Malik Willis time.

USA Today -- Rank: 25

QB Ryan Tannehill's ankle injury effectively sunk Tennessee in 2022. It's come earlier this year.

The Athletic -- Rank: 20

It's time for the Titans to figure out what's going on at quarterback. Ryan Tannehill is in his 11th season, and his passing success rate (40.1 percent) is the lowest of his career. Tannehill's passer rating (71.9) ranks 32nd in the league this year. He left Sunday's game with an ankle injury, and second-year backup Malik Willis looked good — 4-for-5 for 74 yards and rushed three times for 17 yards. But then there's the question of Will Levis, who was taken with the 33rd pick of this year's draft but hasn't thrown a pass this season.

FOX -- Rank: 26

Hopefully, Ryan Tannehill's ankle injury isn't a severe one, but it could present the Titans with an interesting choice after their bye week. If their veteran quarterback can't go, which youngster would they turn to: Malik Willis or Will Levis?

Yahoo! -- Rank: 26

After Sunday's loss in London, the Titans sounded like they're questioning everything. Head coach Mike Vrabel couldn't say the Titans' issues are correctable. Jeffery Simmons wondered which of his teammates wanted to be there. After a bye week, the Titans have a winnable home game against the Falcons. That's two days before the NFL trade deadline. If they lose that game, it might be time to trade some veterans.

PFT -- Rank: 26

Will waiting for a cart while standing on a bad ankle be the final image of Ryan Tannehill in a Titans uniform?

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