Every Tuesday we will look at the various power rankings around the internet. It is fun when the Titans win. You get to see that green arrow next to their name pointing up. It is not fun when they lose and the dreaded red arrow pointing down comes out. That, of course, is the case this week. After an offseason of hype, this week we get the dreaded red arrow.
Let’s take a look:
ESPN: 16 LW: (12)
Marcus Mariota has now thrown one touchdown pass in his past four games combined, with the Titans averaging 16.3 points in those games. Possible overreaction: Mariota should be fine, but the Titans brought in Corey Davis and Eric Decker to improve the passing offense, not keep the status quo.
NJ Sports: 11
Potentially fatal flaw that surfaced in Week 1: Lack of explosive plays down the field on offense. Corey Davis needs to get healthy and change that.
SB Nation: 20
We will add more as they are released throughout the day.
NFL.com: 14 (LW:11)
Ugly performance from the Titans. Yes, the Raiders are one of the better teams in the NFL, but only 16 points scored on that defense? Other concerns: Running back DeMarco Murray was far from explosive, which was not too different from the preseason. Quarterback Marcus Mariota is still taking hits that could result in him missing time for the third straight season. If the third preseason game -- in which Tennessee lost to the Bears, 19-7 -- is the dress rehearsal for the regular season, and this was the first glimpse of the real product, 9-7 might be a bit lofty for this team. Still believing. For now.