Tennessee Titans power rankings: Week 3


Where do the Tennessee Titans stand after a win?

I try to keep an eye on where some of the other media rank the Tennessee Titans compared to the rest of the NFL.

Part of that to contextualize what I see next the the products the other teams are putting out there. Part of it is to see who is actually watching the game or who is just box score scouting and watching  the highlights.

Let’s take a look at Bleacher Report and NFL.com and see where the Titans end up.

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Bleacher Report: 16 (Last Week 15)

“Another encouraging aspect of Sunday’s performance is the fact we saw a little bit more aggressiveness out of quarterback Marcus Mariota throwing the football down the field. The Titans need to continue to see that from him and the passing offense because there are going to be those games, like the one in Week 1, when Tennessee isn’t able to dominate on the ground.”

-Chris Simms

Marcus Mariota is spectacular, and he is following the same arc he did last year except he is getting hotter a lot quicker.

He looked good with constant strikes over the middle to Rishard Matthews and Delanie Walker, while also hitting a big play down the sideline to Taywan Taylor. He isn’t afraid to attack any part of the field if that is where his matchup says to go.

The Tennessee Titans can win with a pass heavy offense, but I expect them to lean on the running game every time they can. Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray (when he is healthy) are one of the best running back tandems in the NFL.

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NFL.com: 13 (Last week 14)

“Those were the Titans many of us in this bidness expected to see this year. Grabbing a lead with an opportunistic — if not necessarily top-10 — defense, then using the ground attack and a mobile, efficient passer to keep the advantage. Sunday was no different, as Tennessee capitalized on two tipped balls to go up 9-3, then pounded Derrick Henry and the ground brigade through the Jags’ front for 179 rushing yards. Marcus Mariota didn’t enjoy a career day, but this deep ball to Taywan Taylor was gorgeous. Taylor can fly.”

-Elliot Harrison

I think this kind of hits on what I said earlier offensively. Defensively I think it is spot on too.

Dick LeBeau seemed to be more aggressive knowing that Blake Bortles was bad under pressure and that the run game was likely to be featured heavily. Knowing that he attacked gaps and sent pressure.

That led to bad passes and inaccurate throws. One throw was low and was tipped for an interception, another was behind the receiver and tipped for an interception.

The goal is always to win the turnover margin and then just play complimentary football until you find a matchup to exploit. Mike Mularkey and his staff did that to near perfection Sunday, especially in the 2nd half.