Ryan Tannehill wasn’t perfect on Monday night, but he did a lot to silence some of his doubters.
Two big questions about Tannehill’s game remained coming into the 2020 season. Could he play at a similar level to what he did in 2019, and could he still thrive as a high-volume passer?
Both of those questions got an answer on Monday night, when he threw the ball 43 times, completed 67% of those attempts, and got his team a win on a night where Derrick Henry struggled.
Those 43 passing attempts, by the way, were the fifth most of any quarterback from the first week of action. His 67% completion percentage was just three points off where he was last season. And once again, in a game where he wasn’t getting any favors from his running back or especially his kicking game, Tannehill led the Titans to a Week 1 win.
Maybe even more importantly, Tannehill showed off a chemistry with his wide receivers, and an ability to get the ball to them regularly, something that this Titans offense hasn’t always had in recent years. That level of play, should it stay consistent, could be huge for Tennessee moving forward into the rest of the season. Especially during games where they can’t count on Henry to be his usual self.
As for Monday night? Tannehill put together a solid game. One that should be enough, at least for now, to put some of the regression concerns to bed.