Despite being the division leaders of the AFC South, the Tennessee Titans still do not get any respect in power rankings.
Not Top 10
In NFL.com Analyst Elliot Harrison’s latest power ranking, the Titans still do not crack the top 10.
Two teams that are in the top 10? The Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks – both teams the Titans earned wins over.
Below is how Harrison ranked the top 10 teams in the NFL.
- Patriots (10-2)
- Eagles (10-2)
- Vikings (10-2)
- Steelers (10-2)
- Rams (9-3)
- Saints (9-3)
- Jaguars (8-4)
- Seahawks (8-4)
- Panthers (8-4)
- Chargers (6-6)
The Titans came in at number 12. Below is Harrison’s justification for the spot.
“Much complaining from Titans fans that their squad isn’t higher. How could it be? Tennessee continues to eke past bottom-of-the-barrel teams. This is coming from no Titans hater, either – your hack writer predicted them to win the AFC South this season. Yet, the Texans were in position to win the game at the end – despite missing six of their main players. The Titans passing game is still mostly absentee, regardless of whether Tennessee fashions itself as a smashmouth team. Marcus Mariota averaged under 7 yards per attempt, which is way to low when play action should produce plenty of intermediate completions. That said, Dick LeBeau’s defense closed the door when it mattered.” – Elliot Harrison, NFL.com Analyst
Interesting analysis, but somewhat of an inaccurate depiction of this team. The wins haven’t been pretty, but a win is a win. Harrison states the Titans “eke past bottom-of-the-barrel teams.” The Patriots eked by the Buccaneers and nearly lost the game. The Eagles eked by the Redskins. The Vikings eked by the Bears, Redskins and Aaron Rodger-less Packers.
The Steelers eked by the Browns, lost to the Bears, eked by the Lions, Colts, Rodger-less Packers and narrowly beat the Bengals last night. Are all of Pittsburgh’s games pretty? No. The Steelers beat Tennessee 40-17, but the game was much closer than the score indicates. The Titans made nearly every mistake in the book, but a rematch against Pittsburgh will not be a repeat of Thursday night.
The Rams lost to the Redskins and eked by the 49ers. The Saints eked by the Redskins and Bears. The Jaguars lost to the Jets and had trouble closing out the Browns (as did Tennessee). The Seahawks eked by the 49ers and lost to the Redskins.
The Chargers are 6-6. Like the Titans, they lost to the Dolphins. The LA Chargers eked by the Giants, Raiders and Browns. Yet, Tennessee remains on the outside of the top 10.
The difference between the Titans and most of the teams mentioned above is the team has yet to produce a blowout – and have been on the wrong side of a pair. The Titans have four games remaining to blow teams out, but that is not their focus.
The focus is on the playoffs, controlling their own destiny and collecting wins.
Titans Fueled by Disrespect
Titans tight end Delanie Walker has been speaking facts all season long. He voiced that he and the Titans are disrespected in the league. He also noted that the offense has the potential to put up 30 points a game, it just hasn’t happened yet.
That is the truest of facts. The Titans are winning without playing to the level they are capable of. Tennessee has yet to peak, but they are on pace to peak at just the right time.
With four games left in the season, the Titans will face two teams listed in Harrison’s top 10, the Jaguars and Rams. Both are at Nissan Stadium, where Tennessee boasts a 9-1 record in their last 10 home games.
The Titans have a chance to grab a pair of wins against the NFC West Cardinals and 49ers. Both games are winnable. Tennessee can then close out the regular season at home against two tough opponents, one of which they’ve already beaten handedly – the division rival Jaguars.
Stats referenced at NFL.com and Titansonline.com
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