Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Tennessee Titans Week 9 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 9 roundup for the Tennessee Titans in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 22

Ryan Tannehill had an up-and-down season before suffering a right high ankle sprain in Week 6. He played well at home in two of the Titans' wins, but he struggled on the road. Tannehill has two passing touchdowns and 1,128 yards on the season. Will Levis doubled that touchdown total in his first start with four passing touchdowns. Now Mike Vrabel is tasked with deciding who the starting quarterback will be. Fortunately that decision doesn't have to be made yet as Tannehill continues to heal. Levis will get the start after a short week. If the rookie turns in another stellar performance it will be hard for Vrabel not to name him the starter going forward. -- Turron Davenport -- Rank: 22

It was pretty obvious during the pre-draft process that Will Levis had physical skills. The concerns about his game -- which I suspect contributed to his fall out of Round 1 -- seemed to mostly center on his suspect pocket presence and decision-making. So it was one thing for him to flash his physical abilities in his first NFL start -- and we don't want to gloss over his three deep touchdown passes, each prettier than the last. But it was another thing for him to deliver a poised, mature and turnover-free performance, one that could make Levis the unquestioned starter at least until Ryan Tannehill returns. Three straight road games could dampen the optimism coming out of Sunday's win over Atlanta, but for now, the Titans remain in the race at 3-4, with an intriguing wild card in Levis suddenly emerging.

UPDATE: Head coach Mike Vrabel told reporters Tuesday that Will Levis is expected to start Thursday against the Steelers.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 18

Will Levis lit it up in his first NFL start, throwing four touchdown passes. Now he will face a more challenging start this week against the Steelers on the road.

USA Today -- Rank: 17

Rookie QB Will Levis is in pretty heady company, joining Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton and former Titans QB Marcus Mariota as the only players to connect for four TD passes in their NFL debuts. Tennessee's 28 points were its most in nearly two years. Time to see if the team and Levis can sustain their momentum going into a three-week road trip.

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

Something scary (for others): Mike Vrabel may have a QB.

Rookie Will Levis made his first appearance Sunday, and he became the third player in league history to throw four touchdown passes in his debut. Two have done it for the Titans (Levis and Marcus Mariota). The other is Fran Tarkenton. Levis' scores came from 47, 16, 61 and 33 yards out. Ryan Tannehill (high ankle sprain) may not get his job back. In fact, the Titans might see if they can trade Tannehill to the Vikings this week.

FOX -- Rank: 26

It's not always going to look that easy, but the Titans offense was fun for the first time in what feels like ages with Will Levis at the helm. Here's hoping head coach Mike Vrabel recognizes the value in rolling with the young guy and finding out what he's got.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 20

Will Levis will get another start Thursday if Ryan Tannehill is out, which is no surprise after Levis threw for four touchdowns in his NFL debut. Unless Levis is horrible in his next couple starts, he should get the rest of the season. It's not like Tannehill was playing well anyway, and he's almost certainly going to be gone by 2024.

PFT -- Rank: 22

They've found their quarterback of the present, and future.

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