The Tennessee Titans will have to prove that they’re a top-five team in 2020 after landing outside of the top five in Sports Illustrated’s newest rankings.
The Tennessee Titans had an interesting season, to say the least, last year. It looked like the Titans were going to have a terrible season before Ryan Tannehill took over the starting quarterback job.
When Tannehill came into the Titans’ starting lineup, the Titans took off. They went on an amazing run to the AFC Championship before losing to the eventual Super Bowl Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Titans didn’t lose many key players this offseason and added a couple of quality pieces to replace. Another successful draft can also be added to what the Titans have done this offseason, and it can be capped off with a Jadeveon Clowney signing, but who knows when or if that will happen.
So you would think that the Titans would be in the top five in NFL power rankings going into the 2020 season. Unfortunately, that isn’t quite the case as the Titans are popping up outside the top five in Sports Illustrated’s newest power rankings.
This power ranking is a bit different than the average ranking. One person isn’t building this ranking; instead, there are six people creating this power ranking. The six people creating these rankings are Albert Breer, Andrew Brandt, Gary Gramling, Mitch Goldich, Connor Orr, and Jenny Ventra.
The Titans were ranked in multiple different spots in this ranking before averaging out at No. 7, tied with the Green Bay Packers.
"Points in poll: 146Highest-place vote: 5 (1 voter)Lowest-place vote: 14 (1 voter)Season result: 9-7, lost in AFC championship gamePost-SB Rank: 4SI Draft Grade: BThe Titans caught lightning in a bottle down the stretch and decided to run it back. How long can they ride that lightning?"
I don’t think that the Titans are the 14th-best team in the NFL, I don’t think they’re the seventh-best team in the NFL, but I do think that the Titans are a top-five team.
Sports Illustrated’s top five teams are the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 1, followed by the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, and Philadelphia Eagles.
I don’t know if the Titans can have a better season than the Chiefs, Ravens or 49ers, but I do think that the Titans can be a better team than the Saints and the Eagles.
Yes, the Titans caught lightning in a bottle last season, and sometimes that lightning catches fire and runs for a lot longer than people expect. That’s what I think the Titans are going to do in 2020. The lightning will catch fire, and the Titans will be an elite team in 2020.