Media power rankings: Week 10
By Will Lomas
A common theme around the media during the early part of the week is power rankings. Whether they are ranking college football teams, baseball teams, basketball teams, or NFL teams it is something that most major outlets do.
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ESPN and NFL.com are no different, and they are the two that I pay the most attention to during the week. They generally use either a composite ranking to get their list, or they have someone assigned to watch every game before they make their list.
With other sites, there is a lot of guess work and assumptions that become pretty clear by around Week 8 and I have no intention of using them in these articles.
So, let’s take a look at how those two sites ranked the Tennessee Titans in their power rankings.
“Statement game for the Titans, right? Or, like so many startling outcomes in 2016 ( 49ers over Rams, Saints over Seahawks, among numerous others), was it merely an anomaly … again? Is Mike Mularkey’s group the team that got roughed up in Week 1 by the Shaun Hill-led Vikings, the team that ran all over the Dolphins, the team that imploded in San Diego or the team that just blasted the Packers? They’re Oliver Stone’s IMDB page, at this point: “JFK” … or … “Alexander.” Nice game, Marcus. “
I think there is an insane amount of brushing off Marcus Mariota by the national media. A small note at the end of every game where he does well, does not equate to the belittling he gets every time the team loses.
I get the “who are they” question, but right now this team’s offense has been great more times than not, and there is no way anyone should question that after the Titans put up more points on the Packers than anyone else this year, including matchups against Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck, Matt Stafford, and Dak Prescott.
“QB Marcus Mariota has an 85 Total QBR and 14 touchdowns to two interceptions in the Titans’ five wins this season (41 QBR, seven TDs, six INTs in losses). Mariota takes on the Colts on Sunday, a team he has yet to beat in his career.”
This isn’t really analysis as much as it is just looking up stats. However, if we are just looking at stats it is hard to argue that the Titans offense looks very good with Marcus Mariota under center.