Tennessee Titans: Ryan Tannehill will deliver a 5-star performance Week 1

Ryan Tannehill #17, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Ryan Tannehill #17, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

The Tennessee Titans are entering what should be an offensive shootout in their Week 1 game at home against the Arizona Cardinals.  Much discussion will be centered around whether or not the Cardinals will be able to contain Derrick Henry, but that might not even be their most daunting task in this contest.

And it is not because Henry tends to be more effective as the season progresses.  The Cardinals are going up against one of the NFL’s best receiver duos this Sunday, and they might not have the tools to keep them in check.

Expect a great game from the Tennessee Titans signal-caller, Ryan Tannehill.

When looking at this matchup on paper, the Titans have a very clear advantage in the passing game.  With Malcolm Butler suddenly retiring, the Cardinals are left with an inexperienced Byron Murphy and an aging Robert Alford as their starting cornerbacks.  That is not exactly an ideal scenario when facing AJ Brown and Julio Jones.

With that, we should expect Ryan Tannehill to take full advantage.  Say what you will about his limitations, but we know he is capable of having good games and making big plays on multiple occasions.  Not to mention that he does a great job of taking care of the football.

If Brown and Jones can create separation often, which they should be able to do, Tannehill could go for a 300+ yard day with three or more touchdowns.  Containing Chandler Jones and JJ Watt will be a challenge for the offensive line, but with key members returning from their stints on the COVID list, Tannehill should be protected well enough to have time to make decisions.

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It is also worth noting that since Henry usually does not turn in his best performance in Week 1, this game might be centered around the air attack.  And who knows, effectiveness through the air might result in more holes on the ground.

Even if Tannehill does not put up mind-blowing stats, he is almost sure to do what he needs to do and make the plays that count.  The Titans are expected to have one of the best offenses in the league this year, and they will show us why on Sunday.