Ryan Tannehill updated MVP odds ahead of Week 5

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

The Tennessee Titans just suffered their most humiliating loss of the year, and you can expect certain players’ chances at winning the MVP trophy to decrease. That includes starting Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

According to WynnBET, Ryan Tannehill’s odds of winning league MVP are +7500. That ties him with Carson Wentz, Trey Lance, Sam Darnold, and Kirk Cousins. We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that’s not the best company for him to be in.

Tannehill’s performances as of late haven’t been enough to carry the Titans to victory, much less win NFL MVP honors. Without Derrick Henry, who knows where this team would be. It’s not like the offensive line is helping.

Versus the Jets, Tannehill was outplayed by rookie Zach Wilson, despite recording similar statistics. Tannehill went 30-of-49 for 289 yards, and he threw one touchdown pass. He was also sacked seven times.

Tennessee was missing their elite wide receivers, A.J. Brown and Julio Jones, so Tannehill may not have been used to who he was working with. While he did make some clutch plays, as when he drove the Titans team 74 yards down the field to throw a game-tying touchdown to Cameron Batson with seconds left to play.

Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill is losing ground in the league MVP race.

Here’s the problem. Ryan Tannehill has struggled in other high-impact areas, like third-downs and red-zone effectiveness.

Tannehill’s completion percentage in the red zone has steadily dropped over the course of the past two years. It’s gone from 70.3 percent in 2019 to 63.2 percent in 2020 to 56.5 percent so far this season.

With Brown and Jones sidelined, Tannehill has no doubt had to get creative with his red zone attempts (as in, not just giving it to Derrick Henry all the time), but his struggle to score just yards away from the end zone has been demoralizing, to say the least.

So many drives have stalled when the Titans have put themselves in prime scoring position, and through four weeks, Tennessee has scored on just half of the team’s visits inside the red zone, ranking 25th in the league.

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Tannehill is a far, far cry from winning league MVP this season, but at the rate he’s playing, he’s only getting farther. He and the other Titans leaders have to rebound from what will be looked back upon as a very pathetic defeat, and Tannehill in particular needs to lead that redemption effort. Meanwhile, if you’re tempted to place a wager, do so below.

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