Titans news: What NFL Power Rankings are saying about Tennessee

Ryan Tannehill (17), Derrick Henry (22), Tennessee Titans (Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
Ryan Tannehill (17), Derrick Henry (22), Tennessee Titans (Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports) /

Football games will never be won in news publications or on media platforms, but they can, most certainly, give us all an idea about what everyone’s thinking. Why is that helpful? It’s simple. Five games of the Tennessee Titans season are behind us, and there are times in which it’s still difficult to determine what this team is.

They’re scoring points, but if something happens to Derrick Henry or Ryan Tannehill, that can change in a hurry. They’re better on defense than they were a season ago, but they still aren’t ready to battle the AFC’s elite in January. They’re the leaders of the AFC South, but they might be the NFL’s least talented division leader, at least right now.

Here’s what a few NFL experts are saying about the Tennessee Titans.

The end of another week in the National Football League means people are hungry for NFL Power Rankings. It’s always interesting to see what other people are thinking about your favorite football team.

Here are a few takes from some very reliable sources:

Around The NFL writer, NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus ranks the Titans 12. Here’s some of what he had to say:

"The Big Dog is still The Big Dog. Any attempts to fade The Big Dog will result in the stern reminder that The Big Dog is not to be disrespected under any circumstances. Derrick Henry rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns, another mighty performance in a 37-19 win over the lowly Jaguars. Henry is on pace to set the NFL record for carries and rushing yards this season, and it’s hard to imagine an otherwise ordinary Titans team turning away from the one thing that makes it special."

ESPN ranks Tennessee at 11. Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports slots the two-tone blue at 13 in his power ranking and states “We’ll know at the end of (their next stretch of games) if they’ll run away with the division”.

Nate Davis of USA TODAY believes the Titans are the NFL’s 11th-best team. Here’s his take:

"(There are a lot of) wild Derrick Henry stats out there, and he’s currently averaging a career-best 128.0 rush yards per game, putting him on pace for a single-season record 2,176. But, consider this nugget from Elias: Henry has run for 4,792 yards over the past 40 games, eclipsing Jim Brown’s record (4,759) for the best stretch in league history."

Buckle up everyone. The Tennessee Titans’ next four games are against some spectacular competition. Take a look at who their opponents are:

Buffalo Bills (October 18th), Kansas City Chiefs (October 24th), Indianapolis Colts (Halloween), Los Angeles Rams (November 7th)

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They probably won’t lose all four of those games, but arguments can be made for why they probably should. Elite-level performances will be needed by everyone who finds their way onto the field if this is to be a successful run. We’re going to know a lot more about who the Titans are a little over a month from now.