Only three teams in the NFL (PHI, MIN, KC) have a better record than the Titans this season, and the Thursday night breakout game for Treylon Burks and the Titans’ passing offense proved that they can win through the air when needed. That has been the missing element for them this season.
After seeing Tennessee have success with the passing game in a primetime matchup, the NFL world is beginning to realize that the Titans are a legitimate Super Bowl threat, as they have finally joined the upper echelon of team’s in the weekly NFL power rankings.
Dan Hanzus of NFL.com bumped the Titans up three spots this week, ranking them as the sixth best team in the NFL. That mark is better than the Miami Dolphins (7-3), Baltimore Ravens (7-3), and even the Minnesota Vikings (8-2).
Here’s what Hanzus wrote about the Titans and their Super Bowl aspirations:
6: Tennessee Titans
Previous Rank: 9
Thursday night’s 27-17 win at Green Bay was the best evidence yet that Tennessee should be viewed as a serious Super Bowl contender. This largely goes back to the long-overdue arrival of the passing game: Ryan Tannehill was excellent, carving up the Packers’ secondary with precision and showing no ill-effects from the high ankle sprain that cost him time. Rookie Treylon Burks went over 100 yards for the first time thanks to the dagger 51-yard catch-and-run in the final minutes, Robert Woods moved the sticks with big catches, and Austin Hooper was nails in the red zone with two scores. Derrick Henry will remain the heart of the Titans’ attack, but this is the type of balance that lifts the ceiling in Nashville.
The Titans are, in general, a “win ugly” team in 2022. But as Hanzus said, if Ryan Tannehill plays to the level he did on Thursday night, Tennessee will be a nightmare matchup in the playoffs.
It’s important to remember that if Tannehill had played, the Titans likely would have beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead a few weeks ago. That’s the consensus best team in the NFL. Even with Malik Willis in at quarterback and zero catches made by wide receivers, that game went into overtime.
As this season progresses and the Titans continue to get healthy and generate passing offense, there is now legitimate buzz that the 2022 Tennessee Titans can make some noise come playoff time.
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