Week 15 NFL Power Rankings: Titans & Broncos rise, Texans & Patriots fall
By Will Lomas
8. Tennessee Titans
Talk about a tale of two halves, the Titans first half looked explosive on offense and appalling on defense as they only forced the Raiders to punt once. Think about that for a second, the Raiders scored 21 points in the first half against the Titans after scoring just 12 points in their last two games combined.
After that the Titans defense not only shut out the Raiders offense, but they outscored them after picking up a fumble and getting a Jayon Brown touchdown on a scoop and score forced by Tye Smith.
The real story about the game isn’t the defense though, it is the offense which put up over 500 yards and 42 points in a winning effort today.
Titans QB Ryan Tannehill‘s statline shows an interception, but that came off of a tipped screen pass that really wasn’t his fault. Meanwhile, the biggest beneficiary of Tannehill’s big day was A.J. Brown who finished with 5 receptions for 153 yards and 2 TDs.
On the ground Derrick Henry had 100+ yards and two touchdowns despite spending most of the game at less than 100% health thanks to a tight hamstring.
This Titans team is what fans have been dreaming of for years and today’s performance may push the Titans into the top-10 in points per game which would be absolutely incredible considering where they started.
The sky is the limit for this Titans team, and while they have made a statement it would be an even bigger statement to win next week against the Houston Texans and earn their first AFC South lead in months.
7. Kansas City Chiefs
I almost put the Titans ahead of the Chiefs here because the Titans beat KC straight up and because I don’t know if winning vs the New England Patriots is really that big of a deal at this point.
However, something has to be said when you break a home win streak that spans three years or so and that is what the Chiefs did today.
The offense of the Chiefs isn’t what it used to be and a lot of that is because the running game just doesn’t seem as threatening as we are used to. When you combine that with Patrick Mahomes being good, not great since his injury and all of the sudden this team isn’t quite as scary.
Kudos to the Chiefs who did what they had to do and a top-10 spot is always great, I just think they still have to prove they need to be top-5.