The Tennessee Titans have become real title contenders in the NFL after a TNF (Tuesday Night Football) beat down of the Buffalo Bills. It’s becoming more evident that the Titans are building off of last year’s momentum in hopes of reaching the Super Bowl. The offense has been one of the biggest surprises this season with the Titans putting up 122 points through the first 4 games of the season.
Even with a Covid-19 outbreak, the team faced adversity head-on with a weakened depth chart that is also riddled with injuries. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has shown that he is able to thrive as a starter, something that he could not prove in Miami under Adam Gase. Tannehill has stats that are almost identical to Patrick Mahomes, making his case for a potential MVP candidate. Through four weeks Tannehill has thrown for 1,004 yards, 9 passing touchdowns, and an interception. He also added 1 rushing touchdown and a 110.8 passer rating.
Jeffery Simmons is starting to emerge as one of the best defensive lineman in the league. Although he missed the game against the Bills, he has shown his dominance in the first three weeks of the season. He has 12 combined tackles, one for loss, one sack, one fumble recovery, and 3 QB pressures. Simmons is proving he will be a staple in the defense for years to come.
Even with the upside the Titans have been seeing the past few weeks, there have been some pitfalls that fans have to be mindful of. Jadaveon Clowney joined the Titans through free agency but has yet to make a difference in the Titans run defense. Clowney has made an impact by applying consistent pressure to opposing quarterbacks thus bolstering the defense line. Another free-agent acquisition Vic Beasley has not made any impact so far and has been quite costly to the Titans at 9.5 million dollars in guaranteed money.
The face of the NFL season is starting to take form, as the team’s offense continues to be on a roll it will be interesting to see if the defense can catch up and take pace as the Titans become a more solidified contender for the league crown.